Background

Michael accepts briefs in all areas from solicitors and in-house counsel. He has a strong background in working directly with corporate legal teams to deal with the difficult issues that arise for businesses during disputes. Michael focuses on developing commercial and ethical outcomes that align with his client's interests and public image. 

He has appeared both led and unled in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia. 

Before being called to the Bar, Michael was a solicitor at Kemp Strang in the Dispute Resolution & Insolvency practice group. He practised across all areas of the group including in proceedings for major banking corporations, small business disputes, insolvency proceedings and tax disputes. 

Michael was formerly the associate to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia and a lecturer/tutor at Flinders University. 



Focus Areas + Select Cases

Tritton Resources Pty Ltd v Ever Rock Navigation S.A. [2019] FCA 276 (led by Edward Cox SC) -  This case determined whether the Plaintiffs as consecutive owners of a bill of lading were entitled to bring a claim against the owner of a ship on which on which their goods were carried and subsequently damaged. 

Daglish & Ors v Quigley (led by Rod Weaver) - Appeared at trial for the Plaintiffs in the Supreme Court of New South Wales concerning a contractual claim for outstanding loans amounts. The matter was settled on a commercial basis during trial. 

Sawan v Savva (unled) - Appeared for the defendant and successfully engaged in conciliation at NCAT. The dispute involved a consumer claim for breach of contract on the manufacture of custom car components. 

The Owners Re: Strata Plan No. 80751 v AV Jennings (Cammeray) [2018] NSWSC 1080 (unled) - appeared resisting a notice of motion for the court to grant leave for the Plaintiff to rely on expert evidence a month before final hearing. 

 

Brewster v BMW Australia Ltd [2019] NSWSC 35 (led by John Sheahan QC and Elisa Holmes) - This case determined whether the NSW Supreme Court had the power to make a Common Fund Order and, whether a Common Fund Order was contrary to the Ch 111 or s 51 (xxxi) of the Australian Constitution. This matter was heard as part of a joint sitting of the NSWCA and the FCAFC in Westpac Banking Corporation v Lenthall [2019] FCAFC 34. 

Brewster v BMW Australia Ltd [2019] NSWSC 35 (led by John Sheahan QC and Elisa Holmes) - This case determined whether the NSW Supreme Court had the power to make a Common Fund Order and, whether a Common Fund Order was contrary to the Ch 111 or s 51 (xxxi) of the Australian Constitution. This matter was heard as part of a joint sitting of the NSWCA and the FCAFC in Westpac Banking Corporation v Lenthall [2019] FCAFC 34.

Michael regularly appears for clubs and players in the NEAFL tribunal. 

 

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science with an Extended Major in Physics, which gives him a technical understanding of the subject matter in many patents and Intellectual Property Law disputes. It also allows him to work effectively with experts in preparing and presenting technical material.

 


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