Barristers and Solicitors
Michael is a Solicitor with almost 30 years of litigation and advocacy experience, appearing in all Courts of Australia including the High Court.
- Criminal Law
- Family Law
- Civil Litigation
- Legal Advice
Tel: 1300 181 713
Michael has appeared in the High Court of Australia and Supreme Courts across Australia in complex litigations as a Trial Advocate and appears as a Trial Advocate in all jurisdictions. All matters in the Firm are supervised and conducted by Michael. He will allocate a Solicitor of the Practice for day-to-day carriage of the matter and often appears as an Advocate at final hearings for cases. He has developed a highly successful team approach to litigation with a highly competent and enthusiastic team of lawyers who work hard to achieve (and do achieve) excellent results.
Before entering Legal Practice, Michael had been a Senior Educator holding a Masters qualification in Education and positions including Head Teacher, Lecturer and Tutor in many tertiary institutions.
After coming to practice, he has been engaged as Corporate Counsel for a number of national and international clients. This includes a major Aboriginal Land Council as well as a contracted Senior Prosecutor conducting, advising on and lecturing in prosecutions and compliance in the Public Sector.
Additionally, Michael has been engaged as a Conciliator and a Mediator on the panel of Local Government for controversial development proposals.
He has worked on various Specialist Committees of the Law Society of NSW and is heavily engaged in the establishment of and participation in Social Justice Initiatives (including as the Inaugural and long standing past Principal Solicitor for the Toongabbie Legal Centre; Member of the Law Society Pro Bono Scheme; Pro Bono Lawyer for "Enough is Enough"; Convener Blacktown City Council Homelessness and Affordable Housing Taskforce and Regional Homelessness Taskforce Delegate; Principal and founder of LOTS (Lawyers on the Street) and member and convener of multiple community initiatives and organisations including the Mortgage Consumers Association , voice and youth initiatives, including Indigenous Youth projects such as "Out of the Blocks"). Michael has also been a pre-selected and endorsed Candidate for State and Federal Parliament in North West and Western Sydney.
Michael has conducted various pro bono public interest matters throughout Australia including Coronial Inquests in Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales, Refugee Tribunal and Migration Review Tribunal hearings and many other hearings and applications across Victoria, NSW, WA, Queensland and the ACT. Michael was also nominated for a Justice Medal for community legal service back in 2011 and 2012.
Michael has appeared as a trial advocate for local, national and international clients with full carriage and conducted matters as advocate in his own right in Superior Courts and Specialist Tribunals, including the High Court of Australia (below are the Courts and Tribunals which Michael has appeared as advocate in his own right).