Admitted as a Solicitor in 1978, Michael is a performance-driven lawyer, advocate and legal advisor with over 30 years' legal and business experience gained working for both large first tier firms and as Principal of his own firm. He also practised as a Barrister, at the private Bar, and was a member of the Bar Association of Queensland for 9 years. Michael has extensive commercial litigation experience with ASX listed and large proprietaries, within a field of industries.
Michael’s wide and varied legal experience includes:
- large scale commercial litigation matters, including disputes over intellectual property involving patents; major property disputes, including those involving town planning issues; commercial and retail shop lease disputes; and competition law, and regulatory matters;contractual disputes including matters involving misleading or deceptive conduct, and other matters under the Commonwealth Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Queensland Fair Trading Act; and
- Insurance litigation and has acted for various insurers, including Queensland’s largest CTP insurer, and individuals, in relation to public liability claims, professional indemnity matters and product liability, and has also provided advice on risk management.
Michael takes a proactive approach to litigation and works with clients to ensure the best possible outcome. Where appropriate, Michael actively encourages dispute resolution and works closely with his clients to develop an ongoing strategic plan, so you can make informed decisions throughout the process. He always takes the time to ensure that his clients have a thorough understanding of the process and are kept up to date as to what is happening in their matter.
As note above, Michael practised as a Barrister, at the private Bar, and was a member of the Bar Association of Queensland for 9 years, before returning to private practice, as a solicitor, in July 2014. Given Michael has also practised as a Barrister, he has a much more thorough understanding, than that of most solicitors, of the preparation required throughout a matter and more specifically to enable the matter to have the best chance of success if it is to be heard in a Court.