Michael is a partner in the disputes and investigations team at Colin Biggers & Paisley and a member of the insurance group.

He is an experienced disputes and insurance litigator who provides advice to a broad range of clients, including listed entities, insurers, financial institutions, directors, executives and professionals.

Michael has extensive experience acting and advising in relation to large scale litigation and complex matters involving corporate collapses, class actions, insurance, financial services, transport, technology and professional services.

Michael leads the class action practice at Colin Biggers & Paisley and has acted in various capacities on some of Australia's largest commercial and class action litigation. Michael's recent instructions include:

  • Acting for Spotless in the defence of a shareholder class action commenced in the Federal Court;

  • Acting for the auditors of Statewide in the Banksia litigation and class actions filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria;

  • Acting for Chandler Macleod and Ready Workforce in defence of employment class actions filed in the Federal Court;

  • Acting for RCR Tomlinson in the defence of three shareholder class actions filed in the Supreme Court of NSW;

  • Acting for Equititrust in the defence of large investor proceedings in the Federal Court;

  • Acting for Downer EDI in the defence of a shareholder class action filed in the Federal Court;

  • Acting for various D&O insurers of Babcock & Brown in defence of investor proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of NSW;

  • Acting for Fairview Architectural in the defence of a product liability class action filed in the Federal Court; and

  • Acting for Dick Smith in the defence of two shareholder class actions filed in the Supreme Court of NSW.

In 2020, The Legal 500 recognised the practice's expertise in Dispute Resolution: Class actions and Best Lawyers recognised Michael's expertise in Litigation.

Michael has degrees in Commerce (International Business) and Law. 
 
Admitted in the Supreme Court of NSW, as well as the Federal Court and High Court, Michael has been involved in litigation across all levels of first instance and appellate jurisdictions, including a number of appeals to the High Court.

Memberships
  • Law Society of NSW
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors