Michael has a broad commercial practice and accepts briefs in all areas of law. Michael specialises in commercial law, corporations, insolvency, building and construction, equity and real property.

Michael was called to the Bar in 2018, after 8 years as a solicitor at DibbsBarker, Gadens and, finally, as a Senior Associate in the commercial litigation team at Macpherson Kelley. Michael has acted predominately for major banks, insurers, insolvency practitioners and publicly listed companies.

Michael takes a strategic approach to dispute resolution and works closely with instructing solicitors, experts and clients to forensically analyse and resolve complex issues in dispute.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Economics and is currently undertaking a Master of Laws at the University of Sydney.


Notable Cases

Azzi v Fox Fire Security System L.L.C. [2020] NSWSC 331: Proceedings were commenced by the plaintiff against a company and three individuals, all of whom were registered or resided in the UAE, for misleading or deceptive conduct, breach of contract and unconscionability, in relation to the plaintiff’s employment with the corporate defendant in the UAE. Appearing for the defendants, an application was made under r 11.6 UCPR requesting that the Court not assume jurisdiction and dismiss the proceedings on various bases, including that the claim had insufficient prospects of success to warrant putting the defendants to the time, expense and trouble of defending the proceedings. The Court held that the principles in General Steel do not apply to r 11.6 UCPR and dismissed the proceedings.

Super Vision Resources Ltd v Xu [2019] NSWSC 367: Appearing for the plaintiff in an application to extend a freezing order against the defendant and a third party corporation. During the proceedings, the defendant transferred his real property assets to the related third party in questionable circumstances (with Mr Knackstredt).

Super Vision Resources Ltd v Xu [2019] NSWSC 389: Appearing for a BVI entity in relation to the recovery of a loan from the guarantor. The defendant alleged oral variations to the loan agreement, misrepresentation, estoppel and unconscionable conduct (with Mr Knackstredt).

Ta Lee Investment Pty Ltd v Antonios [2019] NSWCA 24; Lum v M V Developments (Lane Cove) Pty Limited (in liquidation) [2018] NSWSC 247; & Lum v M V Developments (Lane Cove) Pty Limited (in liquidation) [2016] NSWSC 1248: Two hearings at first instance and one appeal, involving specific performance of contracts for the sale of land against a company in liquidation and priority of equitable interests against purportedly secured creditors. Personal costs orders were obtained against the liquidators for their unreasonable conduct, despite that they were not parties to the proceedings (instructing Mr Knackstredt).

Howden Australia Pty Ltd v Minetek Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 981: Appearing for the respondents in an application for an urgent interlocutory injunction regarding an allegation of misuse of confidential information to design and manufacture ventilation fans for the mining industry (with Mr Corsaro SC).

Bellerive Homes Ltd v FW Projects Pty Ltd [2018] NSWSC 193: Representing a development company and its directors in contempt proceedings for non-payment of a judgment debt, following registration of an adjudication certificate under s 25 of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (with Mr Corsaro SC).