As a result of Michael’s litigation background, Michael has reviewed numerous commercial and corporate contracts, such as share sale agreements, asset sale agreements, security deeds and loan agreements. Michael has also been exposed to the practical consequences of the drafting of such contracts. Accordingly, Michael brings an often unique perspective to his analysis of the numerous commercial transactions his clients enter into and ensures his clients achieve their desired outcomes and remain appropriately protected in the drafting of applicable contracts.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Michael has been engaged in litigation and dispute resolution matters in the Local Court of New South Wales to the Federal Court of Australia since he began his career. Michael has assisted in matters on behalf of public companies, small and medium enterprises including their directors and officers and private clients. These matters have largely related to contractual and construction disputes, consumer law and insolvency and bankruptcy law.
Michael is regarded as a strategic practitioner, adept at providing practical solutions focusing on risk management and minimisation for his clients.
Restructuring & Insolvency
Michael has acted in numerous matters for and against companies in liquidation or under administration and their directors. Michael is an accredited member of the Australian Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association. As a result of Michael’s study and experience in this area, he applies the necessary commerciality to manage all parties’ expectations to achieve his client’s desired outcome.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
Sir Winston Churchill
Recently, we successfully assisted one of our clients regarding a complex securities matter and we helped them manoeuvre through a multiple-party transaction, which included an international private equity firm. Our client initially expected to suffer a loss of over $1.5 million. Through our involvement, the client’s position was significantly improved and the amount finally paid by our client was significantly reduced.
In the Victorian Supreme Court, we acted for a director whose company had been wound up. We were successful in managing the various creditors’ positions including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Australian Taxation Office and satisfying the Court that the Company was solvent and the winding up ought to be terminated.
In the NSW Supreme Court, we acted for a purchaser of real estate in circumstances where the vendor had partially released the deposit to the agent and taken the balance of the deposit and moved overseas. We were successful in obtaining an order for specific performance of the land contract and managing the various stakeholder’s interests including the mortgagee (Australian and New Zealand Banking Corporation) and the trustee appointed to the bankrupt estates of the vendor. Ultimately, we were successful in having the property transferred to our client.
What Our Clients Say About Us
Michael is our trusted advisor, who is an astute and strategic practitioner. He has acted for us on numerous matters and consistently exceeds our expectations. Michael is able to analyse an issue and provide a practical solution for moving forward, including advising on the risk and reward.
We have repeatedly been impressed by Walker & George’s diligence, communication and professionalism. We are always confident in the quality of the work produced and the trust we place in Walker & George.
Walker & George have assisted us in several matters. Ranging from simple to complex and non-contentious to contentious. In every matter, Walker & George exceed our expectations in their breadth of knowledge, individualised approach and timeliness.
We have approached Walker & George for assistance multiple times. We are always delighted at how approachable and responsive the team at Walker & George are. They are always able to outline a strategy to achieve our desired outcome and see it though to completion. More often than not, we come away with a better outcome than we initially anticipated.
We often engage Walker & George to assist us in various commercial transactions. Walker & George consistently deliver quality work, that takes into account our particular circumstances, the business strategy we have in mind and the various stakeholders involved. The team at Walker & George are able to communicate effectively with all parties involved (including us) to reach an outcome that is beneficial for all.