Max was born in rural Taranaki, educated in Taranaki and Auckland and attended Auckland University. He practiced in Auckland 1964-1968, Thames 1968-1970, and Te Kuiti since 1970. Since that time, his practice has been based in Te Kuiti, and at times in Hamilton; for 15 years he was a Partner in Tompkins Wake with an office based in Te Kuiti.
Max specialises in rural law – particularly succession planning and trust administration for farming families. He is a trustee of many trusts and wills.
In recent years, Max has become a specialist in wind farming contracts. He acts for numbers of groups of landowners in the negotiation, and documentation of agreements with wind farm developers and companies. These clients are based in Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Manawatu, and the Wanganui regions.
Max and his wife live on a rural property adjacent to Te Kuiti. His interests include sport – he is a golfer, and at various times has held offices in numbers of sporting organisations. He is Chairman of the Trustees of the King Country Rugby Union Finance Trust Trust and Maniapoto Rugby Sports Trust. He has held numbers of positions in education, including Chairman of Primary and Secondary Schools Boards of Trustees. He has also been a member of various hospital committees and served on both the Waikato Hospital Board, and the Waikato Crown Health Enterprise, he was Deputy Chairman of Health Waikato. He is at present a Chairman of the Braemar Hospital Trust (Hamilton) and a Director of Braemar Hospital Limited.
He has also been involved in Law Society affairs. He was a member of the (now) Waikato Bay of Plenty District Law Society Council, was Vice President, and also a member of the New Zealand Law Society Council. He was also Chairman of the District Law Society Ethics Committee for a number of years.
Max is married to Carol, has two adult children, and six grandchildren.