Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott

Senior Associate
Construction & Engineering
+61 (0) 7 3000 8401
+61 (0) 418 421 387

Michael practices predominately in construction and engineering dispute resolution. He takes pride in finding sensible and commercial outcomes for clients and has a strong focus on assisting clients to avoid complex and costly litigation.  

Michael is also able to draw on his significant experience in commercial litigation, arbitration and adjudication (under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017).

Michael acts for principals, owners, contractors, superintendents, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, consultants and insurers in respect of claims predominately involving payment and contractual disputes, defective property and professional liability.

Over the course of 2018 and 2019, Michael worked in-house for Bechtel in Oman and assisted Bechtel in its delivery of the AUD $7 billion-dollar Muscat International Airport; the largest value infrastructure project in Oman’s history. Michael worked closely with the project director and senior Bechtel Global personnel, and developed an intimate knowledge of key contractor concerns and legal and commercial issues arising on international mega-projects. While working in-house Michael assisted with various aspects including corporate governance, prime contract administration, providing advices on risk and exposure, providing recommendations on commercial strategy and assisting with legal claims including in respect of the largest value International Chamber of Commerce arbitration on foot in Europe and the Middle East at the time (conducted out of Muscat and London).

From 2011 to 2013, Michael was appointed as a Judges Associate and served in that role at the State Law Courts. As a Judges Associate, Michael was involved in trials and interlocutory hearings, which have provided him with a complete understanding of trial management and the rules of evidence.  Michael utilises his invaluable advocacy experience, appearing on behalf of clients in the District and Supreme Courts.

Michael has also contributed to a number industry publications, including the Building & Construction Law Journal, the Australian Construction Law Newsletter and the Journal of Chartered Secretaries, and was recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2016 as a Rising Star in Construction & Infrastructure Australia.

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