Michael is a partner in the property and development group at Colin Biggers & Paisley.
Michael has decades of experience and runs a broad area of practice with a principal focus on property development. He acts for major corporate property developers and builders in relation to commercial, residential and industrial properties, hotels and serviced apartments, and shopping centres.
Michael advises on property development, building and construction contracts, major infrastructure projects including key freight projects such as the inland ports in Victoria, the Building Act, planning issues, land management agreements, commercial leases, and stamp duty. His expertise includes property joint ventures, economic entitlement issues, windfall gains tax, and he acts for developers in finance transactions. He also acts for and assists clients with dispute resolution and litigation. Clients appreciate his calm demeanour, as well as his ability to think laterally and to distil complex legal terminology into plain English.
Michael has travelled widely in China over the last 15 years, developing a substantial client base there acting for clients in property developments and business matters. He is currently the honorary secretary for the Chinese Museum in Melbourne's Chinatown and is acting for the Shaolin Temple in relation to construction of a new temple in Australia.
Through his work with the Uniting Church, Michael held the position of chair of UnitingCare lifeAssist, an organisation which assisted people with disabilities. He is also the Australian resident director for several overseas technology companies.
Michael runs client seminars in Australia and China. Examples of recent seminars include Sale of Land Act changes for the Television Education Network, COVID commercial rent relief for the Law Institute of Victoria, as well as seminars for Leo Cussen Centre for Law, and for estate agents. Seminars in China generally focus on investing in Australia and on the topic of choosing the right structure for investing in Australia.
Michael was admitted to practice in 1980, and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons). Michael was one of the founding partners of Logie-Smith Lanyon and joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2021 as part of the Logie-Smith Lanyon merger team.