Michael has practiced at DLA Piper (Phillips Fox and other predecessors) since 1968, mainly as a specialist insurance lawyer and in management roles within the firm. Since 2008 he has been a Consultant to the firm. He was Chairman of Phillips Fox and Managing Partner of its Sydney office.
He is recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the field. For many years he was the principal lawyer for NIBA and many of its members. He was instrumental in the drafting of the original Code of Practice. He has represented insurance brokers in professional indemnity, regulatory and compliance matters.
Michael is also passionate about work in the not-for-profit sector. Within the firm he assists with pro bono activities in Australia and overseas and is an Ambassador for New Perimeter, which provides long-term, high-impact pro bono legal support in less developed and post-conflict countries.
Michael was President of the International Insurance Law Association, founding Chairman of the Australian Insurance Law Association, Independent Chair of the Code Compliance Committee for the General Insurance Industry, President of the Law Council of Australia and the Law Society of NSW, inaugural Chairman of the Motor Accidents Authority, and Chairman of the Solicitors Mutual Indemnity Fund.