The legal life – meet our newly promoted Lawyer Marcus Schivo

19 August 2020

Marcus Schivo is a newly promoted Associate in our Wills, Trusts & Estates group.

What does your promotion mean to you?

I feel it is Rigby Cooke’s recognition of my work over the past three years at the firm, and reflective of the fantastic mentoring I’ve received from Wills, Trusts & Estates Partner, Rachael Grabovic, together with my colleague, Senior Associate, Rosa Bazzanella.

What are you looking forward to in your new position?

A holiday. Unfortunately I was forced to cancel my trip to the USA and Canada that was booked for May and June of this year. In the meantime, however, it is working alongside and learning from my new colleague in Wills, Trusts & Estates, Christian Teese.

What advice would you give to newly qualified lawyers?

Look after yourself. Make sleep and exercise priorities in your life – they are both extremely valuable things that are often neglected when there are other competing priorities in our lives.

Who has been your biggest mentor?

I’ve benefited from working with some great people, including colleagues and barristers. I can’t narrow them all down and name a “biggest” or “most influential” mentor but feel they have each contributed to the way in which I now practise as a lawyer.

Who was the first person you called to tell about your promotion?

I chose not to call anyone and kept the news to myself. My girlfriend did ask me a few weeks after the announcement and I did confirm the news to her, however.

How will you celebrate your promotion?

With the way things have been recently in Melbourne with the pandemic and continuing government restrictions, I haven’t really felt like doing any “celebrating” since the promotions were announced. Hopefully things will re-open soon enough, however, and I can belatedly recognise the announcement.