Expertise

Having been in practice for 30 years, Michael has a high level of expertise in litigation of all types.

He has extensive experience in building and construction disputes, and is an Advanced Adjudicator under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act (BCIPA), now the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payments) Act.

Michael advises and represents a variety of contractors in the building and construction industry, particularly members of several peak bodies.

He has also worked as an in-house lawyer for government, and has a deep understanding of the demands and needs of government and its agencies.

Experience

  • building and construction disputes
  • general contract disputes
  • defamation
  • wills and estates
  • misleading and deceptive conduct
  • defending preference claims by liquidators
  • sale of goods
  • professional negligence
  • tort, including trespass and the economic torts
  • administrative law, including the AAT, Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal and other tribunals
  • competition law
  • mortgage disputes.

This breadth and depth of experience means that Michael is not restricted by the blindness that can sometimes come from over-specialisation. He can see numerous mechanisms for resolving problems.

Michael also has vast experience in reviewing building and construction contracts for clients, to which task he brings the benefit of regularly arguing over them.

Pro bono and Community Work

President, Queensland Council of Civil Liberties
Former Chairman of the Queensland Dairy Tribunal
Volunteer at Caxton Legal Centre for 30 years, for which he was recognised at the 40th anniversary dinner of the Centre

Memberships and Associations

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Australian Lawyers Association
  • Amnesty International
  • Adjudicator under BCIPA/ BIF Act

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (University of Queensland)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of Queensland
  • High Court of Australia

“I bring experience, professionalism and passion to my work. These qualities benefit my clients and their businesses.”