He has particular knowledge and experience in advising and representing enterprises that engage in, and incorporate new technologies in their business operations or models, including organisations engaged in software development, telecommunications, data storage, e-commerce, internet services, information enterprises and digital new media.
Michael is at the forefront in the developing areas of privacy law, breach of confidence and data protection, having successfully argued the privacy issues in the landmark decision of Giller v Procopets (2008) 24 VR 1, (2008) 79 IPR 489. He acted as Counsel in the first privacy class action issued in the Federal Court of Australia, and regularly advises corporations and government departments and agencies on privacy compliance, risk and liability issues.
He has acted as Counsel for ASX and NYSE Listed corporations, Commonwealth Government departments, Hollywood actors, celebrities, corporations and individuals in relation to general commercial, privacy, data security and data breach issues.
Michael is the co-author of the Australian sections of the UK text Tugendhat and Christie The Law of Privacy and the Media, and the soon to be published Damages in Privacy, both of which are published by Oxford University Press. He has also written on the area of privacy in a number of publications, including the Media and Arts Law Review and sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Media and Communications Law. He is also an Editorial Board Member of both the Privacy Law Bulletin (LexisNexis) and the Media, Technology and Communications Law Bulletin (LexisNexis). He has also been a speaker at the annual conference of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAAPANZ).
He has also written on Intellectual Property and related fields of passing off, misleading and deceptive conduct and competition law, for the Intellectual Property Forum, and has been a speaker at an Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) annual conference.
Michael is a regular guest lecturer in privacy and data protection law in the under-graduate and post-graduate teaching programs at the Melbourne University Law School, and presents at seminars to legal professionals throughout Australia on privacy, breach of confidence and related causes, data protection, media law and intellectual property.
Michael is listed in Best Lawyers 2019 in the field of Privacy and Data Protection, and in Doyles Guide as a leading Intellectual Property Barrister.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation
- Contractual Disputes
- Confidential Information
- Copyright & Designs
- Information Technology
- Media & Entertainment
- Privacy & Data Protection
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws
State and Territory Courts and Tribunals
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
G & A Lanteri Nominees Pty Ltd v Fishers Stores Consolidated Pty Ltd  VSC 336
Facton Ltd (formerly known as G-Star Raw Denim KFT) v Seo  FCA 344
Facton Ltd & Ors v Chung Lim Sports Cap Pty Ltd & Ors  FMCA 584
Rosemin Pty Ltd v Gasp Jeans Chadstone Pty Ltd  FCA 228; (No 2)  FCA 406
Dybner v Stay In Bed Milk & Bread Pty Ltd (Trading As Aussie Farmers Direct)  FCA 1122
Elwood Clothing Pty Ltd v Cotton On Clothing Pty Ltd  FCAFC 197
Louis Vuitton Malletier SA v Toea Pty Ltd  FCA 1443
Axe Australasia Pty Ltd v Australume Pty Ltd  FCA 668
Watson & Ors v Ebsworth & Ebsworth (a firm) & Anor  VSCA 335
Watson & Ors v Ebsworth & Ebsworth (a firm) & Anor  VSC 510
Nutrientwater Pty Ltd v Baco Pty Ltd  FCA 2; (No 2)  FCA 304
Giller v Procopets  VSCA 236