Michael Copeland

Senior Associate

About Michael

Michael is a specialist front-end construction, infrastructure and projects lawyer. He acts for major contractors, developers and State Government departments and has experience in both the Australian and New Zealand markets across a range of sectors, including renewable energy, transport, residential, commercial, health, education, industrial and emergency services.

Michael engages 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 contract negotiation and the drafting of project documents, as well as providing a range of project support, guidance materials and training.


  • Gunsynd Solar Project, QLD

    Acting for the successful contractor, Canadian-based PCL Constructors Pacific Rim, as the engineering, procurement and construct (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) contractor for the 94MW Gunsynd Solar Project in Goondiwindi, southeast Queensland.

  • ARS Mel 9 Distribution Centre, VIC

    Acting for the successful contractor, RobertsCo, in connection with its appointment to design and construct a large-scale logistics facility in Craigieburn, Victoria, which is set to become the largest of its kind in Australia.

  • 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.

  • Bendigo & Wyndham Law Courts, VIC

    Acting for State Government procuring agency, Court Services Victoria, in connection with the procurement and delivery of early and main works packages for the Bendigo Law Courts and Wyndham Law Courts 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.

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