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Michael has over 18 years' experience, predominantly in general commercial litigation, representing private individuals, SMEs, and national and ASX-listed companies.
He is as an advisor and advocate in matters involving commercial and contract disputes, property disputes, construction disputes (including construction contract adjudications), competition and consumer law issues, corporations law, bankruptcy and insolvency, employment law, and debt recovery.
Michael has worked for well-known firms in both Perth and Brisbane, and has represented clients in various state and federal courts and tribunals around Australia.
When a potential dispute arises, Michael works with his clients to place legal issues in a commercial context. He then provides practical legal guidance which matches the client's commercial objectives.
Michael is experienced in various alternative dispute resolution techniques. However, if litigation cannot be avoided, he is a formidable adversary who can match it with large, national and international firms.
Because of his broad-based experience, Michael is also sought-after by clients for advice in relation to front-end commercial and property matters.
Michael has been a mentor for junior lawyers, including as an instructor in civil litigation and property for the Leo Cussen Centre for Law’s articled clerks training program. He also previously prepared the commercial and corporate practice materials for the Centre’s practical legal training course.
Outside of law, Michael was a talented amateur sportsman, and served as Director of Governance and Legal on the board of the WAFL’s East Fremantle Football Club for 4 years. He is currently a director of the Institute of Indigenous Wellbeing and Sport of WA Aboriginal Corporation.
- Representing the owner of a retail shopping centre in Supreme Court proceedings relating to the termination of a tenant’s lease and an associated claim for arrears and damages
- Representing a landlord in relation to unconscionable conduct proceedings in the State Administrative Tribunal
- Representing a subcontractor in a dispute with a head contractor, including seeking urgent injunctive relief in the Supreme Court to prevent the developer drawing down on bank guarantees
- Acting for a builder in relation to a series of construction contract adjudications
- Representing a mining contractor to successfully set aside a creditor's statutory demand relating to a disputed debt
- Acting for a not-for-profit company in relation to the acquisition of land in Perth’s northern suburbs for a new private school