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Local Bloke – Michael Malley

By James Hutton on August 2, 2016 in People

Photo: Grant Brooks

Photo: Grant Brooks

Michael Malley was born and bred in the Eastern Suburbs. He is the principal solicitor at Malleys Lawyers in Bondi Junction. Michael shares his local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here? I have lived in the Eastern Suburbs all of my life.

What’s your favourite beach? I spent most of my youth at Tamarama, where I surfed all year round, so it’s my sentimental favourite. These days I spend a lot of my recreational time at Bondi Beach, and I have to say Bronte has a great park and beach, too. They are all wonderful.

What’s your favourite eatery? My wife is a great cook so I have to say my favourite eatery is at home.

Where do you like to have a drink? The Bondi Icebergs Club is without doubt my favourite place to go. I have been participating in winter swimming on Sundays with the ‘Bergs for the last 15 years and I love it.

Do you have a favourite sporting team? I grew up supporting Easts Rugby Union. My dad played for the Beasts in 1963 with Jock Cornett as captain and Dave Brockhoff as coach. I played a few games for the club in the 1980s and my brother had a few seasons playing first grade.

What music are you into at the moment? My musical listening tastes are eclectic. At any one moment I might be listening to classical Beethoven or Mozart, the next I might be listening to The Rolling Stones, some old punk tunes, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift or the up-and-coming bands on Triple J.

Who is your favourite person? My wife, Renee, is my favourite person, as well as my children, Maddie and Max.

What do you get up to on the weekends? I spend time with family and on Sunday mornings during winter I swim at the Icebergs. On the odd Saturday arvo I go to Woollahra Oval to watch Easts and catch up with some friends.

What do you do for work? I am the principal solicitor at Malleys Lawyers at Bondi Junction. We focus on compensation law, accident law, wills and estates, family law property disputes and settlements and conveyancing. I’m on the Injury Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee of the NSW Law Society and I’m vice president of the Eastern Suburbs Law Society. I’m kept pretty busy.

What’s your favourite thing about work? I love it that it’s local and that I help three generations; my parents’ generation, my generation and the next generation. It’s a fact of life that at one stage or another we are all touched by a legal issue.

Do you have a favourite quote? I don’t really have a favourite quote. I think people like quotes because they tend to reveal an inner truth. “Count your blessings” is a very good thing to keep in mind.

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? As Spock once said, “May you live long and prosper.”