Michael specialises in property, local government, and infrastructure.

Michael has significant experience across all aspects of property law, advising clients in the public and private sectors on buying, selling, developing, leasing, managing, and operating their property assets. He has an extensive track record advising on major projects.

Michael has particular expertise in the Public Works Act, including acquisition and compensation negotiations, and the offer back obligations on disposal.

Michael is accredited by Land Information New Zealand to undertake Crown property work.  He is a member of the New Zealand Law Society – Property Law Section.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024
Real Estate

Leading Lawyer

Asia Pacific Legal 500 2024
Real Estate & Construction

Leading Lawyer

Asia Pacific Legal 500 2024

Leading Lawyer (Hall of Fame)

Work Highlights

City Rail Link 

Acquisition of surface and substratum land required for the City Rail Link.

Auckland Council

Advising on statutory powers, compensation, and the property acquisitions for the urban renewal of the Northcote Town Centre.

Solid Energy

Land sales programme including matters relating to Public Works Act offer back and statutory rights of first refusal.

Waterview Connection

Land acquisitions for motorway tunnels for State Highway 20 for NZ Transport Agency.

Auckland Council 

Massey North (Westgate) Town Centre land purchases for roads and other infrastructure, and undergrounding of the Transpower high voltage line.

Auckland Transport  

Land acquisitions for Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI), Dominion Road widening, and Te Atatu Road widening.

Tauranga City Council 

Land acquisitions for the Harbour Link project and Tauranga Eastern Link.

Auckland City Council 

Vector Tunnel lease for Auckland's primary high voltage power supply.

Auckland City Council 

Britomart railway tunnel legalisation.

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