Michael Copeland

Senior Associate

About Michael

Michael is a specialist front-end construction, infrastructure and projects lawyer with experience in the procurement and delivery of major projects. He acts for major (tier 1 & 2) contractors, developers and State Government departments and has transactional experience in both the Australian and New Zealand markets. Michael has been involved in a variety of project delivery models, from traditional procurement to design and construct (including with ECI), collaborative contracting arrangements (including alliancing, construction management and managing contractor models) and PPPs. He advises clients primarily on procurement, contract negotiation and drafting of project documents.


  • McNab Avenue Build-to-Rent Apartments (Vic)

    Acting for the successful contractor RobertsCo in connection with one of Victoria’s first major build-to-rent and mixed use projects, including the design and construction of approximately 700 build-to-rent apartments with ground floor retail and entertainment precincts (approximately $200 million).

  • Bendigo & Wyndham Law Courts (Vic)

    Acting for Court Services Victoria in connection with the procurement and delivery of early and main works packages for the Bendigo Law Courts (approximately $100 million) and Wyndham Law Courts (approximately $200 million) respectively.

  • GPO Hotel (SA)

    Acting for the successful contractor BESIX Watpac in connection with the design and construct contract and ancillary project documents for a major redevelopment of the iconic General Post Office Building in Adelaide and its conversion to a Marriot Hotel (approximately $120 million).

  • Glenarm Square (Vic)

    Advising major developer DealCorp on the procurement of its Glenarm Square mixed-use project in Glen Iris, involving approximately 120 apartments plus retail tenancies (approximately $50 million).

  • Cross River Rail PPP (Qld)

    Acting for the bidding design and construction joint venture comprising Lendlease and John Holland in their bid for the Cross River Rail PPP project in Brisbane (approximately $5 billion).

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