Michael, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law degree and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1994. Michael brings with him a wealth of experience in dispute resolutions, mediations, arbitrations and hearings in Supreme and High Courts.
Michael began his career advising and representing government departments and statutory authorities in industrial and commercial disputes. He has since gained extensive experience in dispute resolution, including corporate and commercial litigation, dispute resolution practices, professional indemnity, insolvency and bankruptcy, trade practices, corporate governance and statutory compliance. He has acted for a number of corporations, banks, construction companies and Insurance companies that were involved in large scale and cross border disputes.
Michael has valuable experience in large and complex matters including:
- Representing the owners of multi-unit developments in a defects claims against the developers and promoters of the development, handling amongst other things the ability to recover damages for defects not fixed or intended to be fixed;
- Representing the Civil Engineer appointed to the Sydney Airport redevelopment, in a claim for damages resulting from faults in the construction of a roof;
- Representing the project manager and the participants to the Profit Sharing Deed in a contractual dispute with the developers, promoters and financiers of a large community project involving the development, financing and construction of 300 home sites, shopping districts, parklands and associated infrastructure;
- Representing the dredging company in an action brought by the FAC against several parties involving the construction of the third runway at Sydney Airport;
- Representing the NSW Department of Education and Training in numerous contractual and construction disputes with litigation involving various parties including overseas government departments, resulting from the redevelopment, renovation and building of various school and TAFE facilities. Michael also represented the Department of Education in numerous Security of Payments Act claims and resulting challenges;
- Representing the builder of mobile phone towers and base stations in an action brought by the contracting telecommunications company for breach of contract and Trade Practices legislation resulting from alleged faults in the construction of the towers and base stations and resulting damage to the telecommunication equipment; and
- Representing builders, contractors, developers and private clients in numerous Security of Payments Act claims and challenges to adjudicated payment claims.
Prior to joining Kreisson Legal, Michael gained valuable experience working as a Senior Lawyer with Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in undertaking the preparation and management of criminal proceedings brought by the Commonwealth in respect of Australia’s largest corporate collapse. Michael has also gained much experience dealing with highly sensitive and confidential investigations and enforcement actions for matters involving alleged financial market manipulation, breaches of ASX operating rules, insider trading, fraud and making misleading statements to the market. Some of these matters involved cooperation and sharing of information with other agencies and regulators including the Australian Securities Exchange, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Crime Commission, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Securities and Exchange Commission as well as local and federal police departments.