Michael Roberts QC

In the 20 years since signing the bar roll, Michael has established a busy commercial practice with particular specialisation in building and construction disputes as well as IT and IP disputes.

Whilst Michael on occasion appears in specialist tribunals, he predominantly appears in the Supreme and Federal Courts. He also regularly appears in Commercial Arbitrations.

In the area of building and construction disputes, Michael has appeared for most of Australia’s large commercial construction firms in a wide variety of disputes. He has recently appeared in several leading cases arising out of the operation of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment legislation both in relation to applications seeking summary judgment arising out of claims made under the Act as well as more latterly challenges made to Adjudication determinations made under the Act.

• Protectavale Pty Ltd v K2K Pty Ltd [2008] FCA 1248
• Asian Pacific Building Corporation Pty Ltd v Aircon Duct Fabrication Pty Ltd ( No’s 1 &2) [2010] VSC 300 & [2010] VSC 340
• Metacorp Australia Pty Ltd v Andeco Construction Group Pty Ltd ( No’s 1 &2) [2010] VSC 199 & [2010] VSC 255
Other recent proceedings in which Michael has been retained include:
• Acting for Melbourne Water Corporation in Ipex ITG Pty Ltd v Melbourne Water Corporation ( trial decision [ 2009] VSC 571)
• Mackie & Staff Pty Ltd v Glengollan Village for Aged People [2007] VSC 201 and 371
• 620 Collins Street Pty Ltd v Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd (No. s 1, 2 & 3) [2006] VSC 490, 491, and 492.
• Links Golf Tasmania Pty Ltd v Richard Geoffrey Sattler & Ors VID 210 of 2010