Based in Perth, Michael helps his clients develop projects, manage operations and liabilities, and complete commercial transactions. He works with them to navigate government requirements.
Michael is recognised in Australia as a leader in the legal issues surrounding climate change and renewable energy. He has worked with pre-eminent Australian and international organisations, including Accor, AGL, BHP Billiton, Carbon Neutral, Greening Australia, INPEX, Lendlease, Perth Airport, Rio Tinto, Santos, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery, Tronox and Woodside Energy.
Michael’s expertise includes all environment and planning issues, including building, clearing, contamination, climate change, energy (including renewables), land compensation, local government, waste, water and other related government regulatory issues.
His experience in climate change, planning and environmental law has been recognised by Best Lawyers (for Climate Change and Planning and Environmental Law, Perth) and Doyle’s Guide (Recommended Planning and Environment Lawyer, Perth). Michael regularly writes, presents and gives university lectures on his areas of legal expertise.
Michael’s experience includes advising:
- BHP Billiton on development and operational issues regarding its Western Australian iron ore business
- Crosslands Resources on approvals and financing decisions for a major Western Australian iron ore mine expansion
- Investec on developing Western Australia’s largest wind farm near Merredin
Michael has worked with the firm since 2004.
He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia in 2003 with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) (with distinction). In 2016 Michael completed a course in sustainable urban planning at the University of California, Berkeley.
Michael is an active member of industry associations, including the Planning Institute of Australia, the WA branch of the Waste Management Association of Australia (chairing the Carbon Working Group), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA.