Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has announced with “profound sadness and regret” the news of the “sudden and untimely passing” of its Brisbane partner and head of the national real estate practice, Michael French.
The statement said: “Michael was a widely respected and much admired mentor, colleague and friend to all those who had the privilege of working with him.
“In a stellar legal career spanning 28 years, Michael became one of Brisbane and Australia’s leading real estate lawyers. His dedication to his clients and his unwavering commitment to his work were qualities that set him apart and made him an integral part of our firm’s success.
“More will be said about Michael’s professional achievements in the coming days and weeks, but for those of us who were fortunate to work closely with him, we knew him as much more than that.
“While he always fought for his clients’ interests fearlessly and with his uncompromising manner, to those who knew him well, he was kind, thoughtful, caring and funny.
“Our firm is the poorer for his passing.
“Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to Michael’s family, particularly his wife Dee, his daughter Jess and his son Cameron.
“Michael’s legacy will endure in the clients he served, the lives he touched and the values he instilled in our firm.”
Queensland Law Society CEO Rolf Moses extended his sympathies to Michael’s family, friends and colleagues, saying: ““I worked with Michael for many years, first in Sydney in the 90s and then with Norton Rose Fulbright in Brisbane.
“My thoughts are with Michael’s family and his NRF family where he was a partner in the true sense – a colleague, leader, friend, advisor and outstanding lawyer.”