LLB, BCom, CMInstD
Michael was born and bred in Southland before attending Otago University where he studied law and commerce. Following his admission to the bar he moved to the Crown Solicitor’s Office in Auckland to begin his professional career. Michael spent the first six and a half years of his career in the Commercial and then the Criminal & Regulatory departments at a top Auckland firm where Michael was an experienced litigator and Crown Prosecutor.
In 2015 Michael returned to the South Island to begin working at QLDC initially as an in house Solicitor before later becoming General Counsel in 2016. He was renowned to focus on the overall strategic and commercial outcomes of the organisation whilst managing Council’s litigation portfolio.
Michael as well as appearing regularly in Courts, Tribunals and other alternative dispute platforms, has advised and practiced in areas including local government and governance, resource management, insurance, procurement and commercial negotiations. As an experienced advocate having appeared in the full hierarchy of criminal matters, including jury trials involving allegations of murder, serious violence, drug manufacture and importation, sexual violation, fraud, arson and appeals against conviction and sentence in both the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Michael is trustee for the regionally significant Queenstown Trails Trust, responsible for the creation and management of the network of cycle and walking trails within the Wakatipu basin. In addition, he also sits on the board as a director of the Tuatapere Humpridge Track.
Michael is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.Download Vcard