Michael has a broad commercial practice providing advice and assistance with disputes in the following fields: building and construction, general commercial matters, insolvency, banking & finance, insurance & re-insurance, professional negligence and commercial property.
Michael’s practice encompasses appearances in courts, arbitrations, mediations and commissions and work as a mediator or arbitrator.
He is listed in Band 1 and one of only nine ranked junior barristers in Australia for Construction & Infrastructure by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2018, having been previously listed as one of only eight junior construction barristers in 2017 (and one of only five in 2016).
Michael is also listed as a ‘leading’ or ‘recommended’ junior for Commercial Litigation & Disputes (Queensland), Construction & Infrastructure (National and Queensland) and Insolvency & Restructuring (National and Queensland) by the current editions of Doyle’s Guide. He has been previously listed as ‘recommended’ for building and construction work on four earlier years since coming to the Bar in Brisbane.
In addition, Michael is listed in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers 2017 and 2018 for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction & Infrastructure and Litigation.
Michael was originally admitted as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia in 1998 and worked for DLA Piper (then Phillips Fox) for 8 years in Adelaide and Brisbane handling commercial disputes, professional indemnity disputes, product liability claims, insurance disputes and other claims (including acting as counsel at trial and in the interlocutory stages in a number of those disputes).
Michael was also a lawyer and senior associate with Clyde & Co and Clifford Chance LLP in London for almost 5 years prior to coming to the bar in Brisbane and was involved in a variety of commercial disputes, including acting for Brookfield Multiplex UK in disputes arising out of the construction of the new Wembley Stadium, numerous commercial, insurance and reinsurance arbitrations and in other contractual disputes and regulatory matters. Michael qualified as a “Solicitor Advocate” during his time in the United Kingdom.
In addition to the reported matters referred to, Michael has acted:
- in numerous building and construction claims and arbitrations: including for a developer in a multi-million dollar dispute over the construction of a large apartment development in New Farm, in a litigated dispute over the construction of a residential, commercial and hotel development on the Gold Coast and in numerous significant infrastructure and resource-related arbitrations;
- for and against banks, liquidators, administrators and receivers in numerous claims (including those arising from finance agreements, guarantees, statutory demands and winding up applications);
- as counsel in a number of public examinations, the coronial inquest into deaths arising during the course of the home insulation scheme, the Crime & Corruption Commission Inquiry into local government elections in 2016 and ASIC inquiries;
- in numerous contractual disputes in a commercial setting – including disputes arising out of supply contracts, restraint of trade clauses, sales of businesses and the like;
- in numerous professional negligence claims (including in claims against valuers, accountants, solicitors and construction professionals);
- for vendors, purchasers and a Council in various property related disputes (including disputes arising out of contracts for the sale of residential and commercial property and disputes arising out of commercial leases);
- in numerous resources related disputes (including arbitration); and,
- in oppression claims and other corporate disputes (between directors, shareholders and companies).
Michael is also an active participant in various continuing professional development programmes. In addition to the presentation of seminars at firms, Michael has been invited to speak at many industry events, including presentations to the Society of Construction Law Australia (Queensland, Western Australia and National).
Listed for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction & Infrastructure and Litigation by Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers 2017 and 2018
Listed as a ‘leading’ junior for Construction & Infrastructure in Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2016-2018 (Band 1)
- 2016 “sought-after junior with a growing reputation“
- 2017 “very bright and dedicated, with a strong understanding of construction, infrastructure and engineering issues“.
- 2018 “excellent credentials in the construction space” and “a good rapport with the Bench, he is respectful and courteous, he has a very good technical grounding in construction law and civil procedure, and he is very good at nurturing the junior lawyers who work with him“
Listed as a ‘recommended’ junior for Insolvency in Doyle’s Guide 2016. He has since been listed as a ‘leading’ junior for Insolvency (Queensland) and recommended (National) in Doyle’s Guide 2017.
Listed as a ‘leading’ junior for Commercial litigation & Disputes in Doyle’s Guide 2015 and 2017.
Listed as a ‘leading’ junior for Construction & infrastructure (Queensland) and ‘recommended’ for Construction & infrastructure (National) in Doyle’s Guide 2017. Previously ‘recommended’ for Building and Construction in Brisbane for four previous years.
See also LinkedIn profile for recommendations: public profile here.
Queensland Bar Association’s Building and Construction Committee
Bar Association of Queensland
Society of Construction Law Australia
1998 University of South Australia, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
1997 Flinders University, Bachelor of Laws