Bachelor of Commerce, University of New South Wales
Master of Commerce, University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales
Michael was called to the Bar in 1988 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2008. He has appeared in several high-profile Royal Commissions, Tribunals and Inquiries, such as the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. His practice also extends to appearing in professional negligence litigation, disciplinary proceedings, common law litigation, insurance law, intentional torts and consumer law.
Previously, Michael practised at Henry Davis York in commercial law and common law litigation. Prior experience also includes working at the Investment Corporation of Papua New Guinea, Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of Industrial Relations (Commonwealth).
Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program (inquiry into the development and implementation of the Commonwealth Home Insulation Program) – appeared on behalf of 73 entities which had conducted insulation installation businesses both before and during the Home Insulation Program
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – appeared at Case Study hearings into “Health Care Providers” and “Bethcar Children’s Home”
Nobarani v Mariconte (2018) 92 ALJR 806 – procedural fairness; succession
Nobarani v Mariconte (No. 2) (2018) 92 ALJR 1031 – procedural fairness; costs
State of NSW v Cuthbertson  NSWCA 320 – damages; costs of defending criminal procedings
Fletcher v State of NSW  NSWCA 31 – causation; damages; wrongful arrest & false imprisonment
Avopiling Pty Ltd v Bosevski  NSWCA 146 – Torts; contributory negligence; damages assessments
Inquest into the death of David Dungay – appearance for Justice Health; death in custody
Eades v Endeavour Energy & Ors  – Class action following bushfires in NSW
Rickhuss v The Cosmetic Institute Pty Ltd & Ors  NSWSC 1848 – class action relating to cosmetic surgeries
Smythe v Burgman  NSWSC 298 – medical negligence claim against medical practitioner
Grills v Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd  NSWCA 72; Grills v Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd (No.2)  NSWSC 1951 – claim in tort against the owner and operator of motorway.
Liao v State of New South Wales; Zhang v State of New South Wales  NSWCA 71 – Claims arising out of the Olympic Games held in Sydney in 2000 and included claims for damages for inducing breach of contract, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution
Courts v Essential Energy  NSWSC 1483 – catastrophic injury claim following contact by road hauler with overhead power line
Inquest into the death of Michael Wilson – long running inquest into the death of Special Casualty Access Team (SCAT) officer who died while retrieving a patient from a canyon in NSW
Goddard & Ors v Central Coast Health Network  NSWSC 2013 – professional negligence claims against surgeon and health network, quantification of damages pursuant to Compensation to Relatives Act 1898
Tamara King bhnf Kevin King v Sydney South West Local Health District  NSWCA 162 – medical negligence claim against Local Health District following catastrophic injury to foetus in circumstances where mother had contracted chicken pox
Bannister & Hunter Pty Ltd v Transition Resort Holdings Pty Ltd  NSWSC – claim against a surveyor & engineer concerning breach of contract, tort, misleading & deceptive conduct, entitlement to rectification of land
Jones v Construction Control (ACT) Pty Ltd  ACTSC 93 – litigation concerning collapse of structures at Canberra Airport site