Michael is an environmental lawyer with a particular focus on dispute resolution, planning and environment regulation, development approvals, the regulation and remediation of contaminated land, the removal and handling of hazardous materials and waste.
Michael has advised all levels of government, including the Commonwealth Government, state government agencies and local councils. Over the last year, Michael’s key matters include:
- advising the Commonwealth Department of Environment on the drafting of environmental assessment and approval bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and each State and Territory
- acting in a major dispute concerning the cost of removing asbestos from an old hospital under a PPP contract
- advising Jemena on the remediation of Kendall Bay and the Hamilton Gas Works Site
- assisting with the drafting of legislative instruments for the development of major State infrastructure
- acting for government bodies on urban renewal projects
- advising on climate change related issues
- prosecuting environmental offences
- acting as an advocate in the Land and Environment Court.
- Planning and environment regulation and approvals.
- Major Projects / PPPs and related disputes.
- Contaminated land and remediation projects.
- Local Government Prosecutions.
- Michael was the lead private advisor to the federal Department of Environment on the drafting of approval and assessment bilateral agreements under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
- Michael assisted the NSW Ports (and Sydney Ports Corporation) in interpreting its planning framework and functions and assisting with the drafting of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013.
- Michael has acted for a Construction Contractor in a major dispute with respect to the safe removal and disposal of asbestos and other hazardous material. The dispute arose out of a variation to a PPP Contract for the costs associated with removing asbestos from an old hospital. It also involved the construction of a co-generation unit at the new hospital.
- Michael has acted for a number of local councils as an advocate in many class 1 appeals and in prosecutions of environmental offences.
- Michael has also acted for Local Governments in investigations undertaken by the ICAC, most recently for Ryde City Council in an investigation into its former Mayor.