Michael Hume, Principal

Michael, a practising solicitor for over 35 years, is skilled in many areas of the law. After working in corporate law and gaining experience in various law firms, Michael returned to Burwood to serve his local community; he established Michael Hume & Co., the predecessor to Acclaim Legal. Having studied mediation and negotiation at Harvard Law School, he uses his refined negotiation skills in promoting your interests. Since 2008 Michael has been a qualified Collaborative Lawyer, and in late 2013 joined the Board of Collaborative Professionals NSW.

Michael has pursued a standard of business excellence in the delivery of legal services to clients throughout his career. As principal of Acclaim Legal he ensures we maintain our core values: Constant Improvement, Outstanding Service, Reliability, and Respect and Empathy.

As a trained Mediator Michael has a wealth of experience, not just at the litigation coalface, but also in providing practical solutions to his clients’ problems.

Michael’s areas of practice include:

  • Conveyancing                                         •  Business & Commercial Transactions
  • Estate Planning and Wills                     •  Family Law
  • Probate                                                    •  Mediation
  • Criminal Law

Carmel Balogh, Conveyancing Manager

After completing a Bachelor of Applied Chemistry at University of Canberra and further study at The University of Sydney, Carmel decided to take the obvious next step and join a law firm! With over 15 years’ experience in Conveyancing, Wills and Probate, Carmel uses her scientific analytical skills to make sure your matter runs smoothly and trouble free. While keeping a diligent eye on files, Carmel brings a professional confidence and a sense of humour to the office from which we all gain and learn. Clients remark that Carmel is confident, competent and reassuring to deal with.

Belinda Hume, Practice Manager

Our Practice Manager ensures that Acclaim Legal remains at the forefront of innovative technology, online services, and practice management. Belinda handles human resources, asset management, and office and trust accounts, while keeping actively involved in all work areas.

Belinda utilises her background in Occupational Therapy to keep us focused on the job while maintaining a healthy life balance. She is adamant that staff be encouraged to develop their interests away from work to enable a happier more energetic work place.

Belinda is passionate about optimising client satisfaction and office efficiency. She actively improves service delivery by sourcing and analysing client feedback, ensuring we continue to provide higher value legal services.

Law Students and Graduates

Acclaim Legal often has a law student or recent law graduate on staff. The presence on staff of junior trainees increases our exposure to the changing young minds of the legal profession and provides them with opportunities of training in a suburban law practice.

It also fosters the cross fertilisation of ideas, provides assistance with research and an opportunity to build our practice parameters.

Call us now and speak to one of our friendly team about our services: (02) 9744 0722