Law and Balance: Wellness Advocate of the Year

May 9, 2024

In Australia’s legal profession, the pressure starts early, right from the moment you step into law school, where long hours and high stress seem to be part of the curriculum. This culture can really weigh on a person’s wellbeing.

Amid this intense environment, Matthew really stands out, not just for his skills in law but for his deep commitment to staying balanced and healthy. Recognised as a finalist in the Partner of the Year Awards 2024 for wellness advocate, Matthew shows that discipline in martial arts can offer life lessons that pay off in the office and beyond. Running his own practice, he makes wellbeing a priority, blending these martial arts lessons into his daily routine. This approach not only boosts his own work but also motivates others in the legal field to embrace wellness as essential for career success.

Legal Innovation and Excellence:

Launching “Rolling Through Negotiations”

The launch of the “Rolling Through Negotiations” podcast marks a very important moment in Matthew’s journey of wellness advocacy. By creatively combining the principles of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with negotiation and professional development, this podcast offers a unique perspective teaching resilience not just for the body, but for the mind, It draws an intriguing parallel between the discipline of martial arts and the sharp negotiation skills crucial in law.

The Impact of the Podcast on Legal Professionals

Building Mental Resilience

Listeners of the “Rolling Through Negotiations” podcast gain valuable insights into how martial arts principles can enhance their mental toughness. The discussions help professionals understand how staying calm under pressure and maintaining focus during negotiations are like mastering a martial art. 

Engaging Diverse Perspectives

Matthew’s podcast goes beyond typical legal topics, bringing in business leaders, entrepreneurs, athletes, and First Nations peoples. This diverse mob offers listeners a unique set of insights, showing how varied perspectives can inform and enhance one’s approach to business and negotiations. Each episode unpacks how disciplines like sports and entrepreneurship and the oldest continuous living culture knowledge.

This expanded discussion not only enriches the listeners’ professional skills but also broadens their Cultural and social understanding, making “Rolling Through Negotiations” a unique platform for comprehensive development.

Community Support

Beyond just reaching audiences through digital media like podcasts, Matthew’s commitment extends into the real world with his support for martial arts competitions and athletes. These activities not only support the development of local talents but also strengthen community ties by bringing people together through sports.

Non Confrontational Dispute Resolution

Matthew’s advocacy for mediation and gentler forms of dispute resolution is a key part of why he’s been recognised as a finalist in the wellness category of this year’s Partner of the Year Awards. His approach emphasises mental wellness and showcases the benefits of empathy and understanding in legal proceedings. By promoting these non-confrontational methods, Matthew not only enhances the mental health of all parties involved but also sets a standard for creating healthier, more supportive professional environments in the legal field.

Balancing Act: Managing Time and Commitments

One of the most challenging aspects of Matthew’s journey has been balancing the intensive demands of producing a high-quality podcast alongside managing his full legal practice. He has tackled this by mastering strategic time management and effective delegation, which have been crucial in maintaining his dedication to martial arts and wellbeing without compromising his legal responsibilities.

Leading by Example

Matthew’s daily commitment to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and regular wellness activities are central to his personal and professional ethos. This disciplined approach goes beyond personal benefit, it sets a powerful example for community. By integrating these practices into his daily routine, Matthew not only maintains his own wellbeing but also demonstrates the practical benefits of wellness in achieving professional excellence.

Future Directions: Sustaining Wellness in Law

As we look forward, it’s clear that integrating wellness practices into the legal profession is crucial. Matthew’s efforts serve as a practical model for how legal professionals can manage demanding careers while prioritising their personal health. His initiatives pave the way for a healthier approach to law, aiming to create a work environment where wellbeing is at the forefront.


Matthew’s recognition as a finalist in the Partner of the Year Awards for wellness advocate is a clear endorsement of the significant impact his work has made, proving that when lawyers thrive, so does their practice. This recognition reinforces the importance of his contributions and illustrates a roadmap towards a more balanced and healthy professional environment in law.


The material contained in this publication is of a general nature only and it is not, nor is intended to be, legal advice.


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