Mitchell Sharman, Senior Associate

Mitchell Sharman, Senior Associate

What is your role at Maddocks and when did you join?

I am a Senior Associate in the Property team at Maddocks, and I joined the firm in 2006.

What teams did you rotate through as a graduate?

I rotated through the Property, Tax Controversy and Commercial teams.

How did the Graduate Program set you up for success?

The level of responsibility placed on my shoulders as a graduate was daunting at first, but I look back on that time and have no doubt that it set me up for a successful career at Maddocks.

In my first few months at Maddocks, I was seconded to work at a global client’s office, where I worked closely with senior executives on a high-profile taxation dispute. I then worked closely with senior lawyers on multiple transactions for a top-tier national property developer in what was then a very busy time for the property industry. It was a level of responsibility that I was not used to, but quickly had to embrace!

The willingness of Maddocks partners and senior lawyers to involve you in matters and give you a degree of responsibility is also second to none, and whilst the work is great, the relationships you build as a graduate can often be overlooked – some of my best relationships in the firm are those with the partners and senior lawyers with whom I worked closely in my graduate year.

Who are your main clients and what do you provide advice on?

I act for a broad range of clients, but my practice principally comprises of private corporates, developers and high-net worth individuals. I provide advice to them on the acquisition and disposal of land, large-scale development projects, strategic use of land including leasing, environmental matters and disputes.

I also have a select group of local government clients for whom I have acted since I started at Maddocks, and I provide them with advice on the development, operation and use of key municipal assets such as golf courses, leisure facilities, basketball stadiums and swimming pools. A unique area of my practice involves advising banks, receivers and managers and administrators on the sale of distressed assets.

How does Maddocks support you in your career?

I have always had fantastic support at Maddocks, and I have always been encouraged to pursue opportunities that I have a strong interest in.

Maddocks is great at keeping everyone in the firm updated on current trends in the law, or in the business of law, including issues surrounding the firm and the legal market. This is done via regular, targeted training or education sessions, or firm-wide ‘town hall’ style meetings with the CEO. In addition to this, since my first day as a graduate lawyer, I have had monthly mentoring sessions with my partners, which provides an opportunity not only for regular feedback, but to talk about my personal goals and objectives.

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