I don't shy away from challenge or ambition or difficulty in order to get the right outcome, and always with integrity.

Michael in 60 seconds

Michael acts for both public and private sector clients in relation to commercial disputes. He has experience in litigation, inquires and alternative forms of dispute resolution. Michael's particular focus is on providing litigation and advisory support to our government clients.

Michael has been focusing on the government sector for over 10 years, which gives him a critical understanding of the environment in which our government clients operate. He has assisted his clients with prosecutions, investigations, statutory inquiries and enforcement.

Michael has also had significant experience in acting for private sector clients in relation to commercial disputes. His particular focus has been fraud related matters and complex contractual  disputes. He brings a wealth of litigation experience to all his clients, including general conduct of litigation: preparing proceedings, obtaining witness statements, liaising with counsel and the management of discovery and production obligations in answer to subpoenas.

Qualifications

  • BSc, LLB (Hons)

Independent Recognition

  • "Recommended Lawyer" in Dispute Resolution in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2016

Michael's Recent Experience

Roads and Maritime Services

Advising RMS in relation to over 1000 enforcement prosecutions in the Local Court of New South Wales against a number of corporate entities and their directors and officers operating in the heavy vehicle industry.

NSW Police Force

Acted for the NSW Police Force on one of the most high profile and sensitive government investigations in recent years: the Cunneen Special Commission.

Major Financial Institution

Acting for a financial institution in relation to the landmark proceedings arising out of the collapse of Basis Capital Funds Management.

Government Client

Advising on ICAC inquiry into a former government employee concerning allegations that they had extorted funds from other employees.

Department of Premier and Cabinet/State of New South Wales

Acted for the State of NSW in relation to the Bethcar case study at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse across Australia.

Michael's Recent Insights

ICAC triumvirate to herald greater procedural fairness and transparency

  • 18 Nov 2016

In efforts to restructure the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Bill 2016 passed through the lower house and upper house of t...

Bathurst without Brock? Driverless cars here and around the world

  • 01 Nov 2016

Not since Herbie the Love Bug and Knight Rider's KITT has the public's attention been so caught by the alluring idea of connected and autonomous vehicles.The idea is now our reality and the...

ICAC, procedural fairness & misfeasance in public office

  • 30 Sep 2016

Edward Moses Obeid Sr v David Andrew Ipp [2016] NSWSC 1376 (Obeid v Ipp) concerns the rights that must be afforded to persons affected by investigative or judicial proceedings, and decisions of pub...

Financial services industry Royal Commission not out of the question

  • 25 Jul 2016

Will there be a Royal Commission into banks?Given that the Coalition has secured a majority in the House of Representatives, the prospect of a Royal Commission into the financial services indus...