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Advising global cryptocurrency exchange operators on entry into Australian market July 31, 2018

The rise in popularity and demand for cryptocurrency trading has resulted in a number of cryptocurrency exchange operators expanding into different countries, including Australia, to create a global brand. In Australia, new laws and regulations … Continued

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Maddocks advises French firm on major construction company acquisition August 6, 2018

Monday 6 August 2018 Law firm Maddocks recently advised French firm Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of leading Australian construction and fitout business AW Edwards. The acquisition is a key part of Bouygues’ continued expansion … Continued

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Do your construction documents conform with the new Ministerial Directions and Instructions for Public Construction Procurement? August 15, 2018

Are you a state government department or public body which procures public construction works and services? Are you in the process of determining which form of contract will be most appropriate for your procurement to issue … Continued

Michael Winram Partner

Background

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.

Legal expertise

  • Planning and environment regulation and approvals.
  • Major Projects / PPPs and related disputes.
  • Contaminated land and remediation projects.
  • Local Government Prosecutions.
  • Litigation.
  • Governance.

Relevant experience

  • 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.