Michael principally practices in tax and commercial law. He practices nationally in tax law and accepts briefs to appear in tax appeals in the Federal Court of Australia and reviews in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He also accepts briefs to appear in commercial and corporations law matters.
Michael was admitted to practice in 2009, called to the Bar in New South Wales in 2016, signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 2018 and joined the Queensland Bar in 2020. He is a member of the New South Wales, Victorian and Queensland Bars. He maintains Chambers in Sydney (7 Wentworth Selborne) and Melbourne (Dawson Chambers). He is a member of Young’s List in Victoria and Hemmant's List in Queensland.
Michael has appeared in trials and appeals in a range of courts and tribunals including the High Court of Australia, and regularly appears in the Federal Court of Australia and Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Michael is a member of the Australian Bar Association Taxation Committee, Law Council of Australia Business Law Section Taxation Committee, Tax Bar Association Committee and Federal Court of Australia Taxation NPA User Group, and is Deputy Chair of the Tax Institute Dispute Resolution Technical Committee.
Before being called to the Bar, Michael was Tipstaff and Researcher to President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (the Hon Justice Allsop AO, as the Chief Justice then was) and practised as a solicitor at Allens and Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney specialising in complex contractual and corporate disputes, class actions, and tax and financial services regulatory investigations and disputes.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Laws and a Master of Taxation from the University of Sydney and a Master of International Tax from the University of Melbourne.
Michael is also a reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports and Australian Tax Reports.