Elected to the Bar: 2011
Liability limited by a Scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation
Michael Collins practises in most areas of commercial law, appearing in civil courts and tribunals and domestic and international arbitrations.
Since joining Francis Burt Chambers in 2011, Michael has represented clients in a wide range of commercial disputes including: contract, engineering and construction, torts, administrative law, company law, equity, trusts, maritime, property, tax, regulatory and statutory offences, and disciplinary proceedings (professional misconduct).
Michael has significant experience and expertise in conducting large, complex construction, contractual and/or trade practices disputes involving infrastructure in sectors as diverse as mining, resources, oil & gas, airports, rail, ports and maritime.
Michael was admitted to practice in 2000. Prior to joining the Bar, he practised in commercial law firms including as a Senior Associate at national law firm Clayton Utz from 2000 and 2011. He represented a number of port authorities and public and private companies in corporate advisory, transport & logistics and construction litigation.
Michael has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from Murdoch University (1998); and a Master of Laws from the University of Queensland (2004), majoring in maritime law.
He has been cited in Doyle’s Guide WA for both Construction and Litigation on multiple occasions since 2012.
Prior to commencing his career in law, Michael played cricket professionally. He is also a keen ice hockey player.
Date of admission: 2000
Qualifications: BComm, LLB (Murd), LLM (QLD)
Areas of practice
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Building and construction
- Construction and engineering
- Consumer protection law
- Contractual disputes
- Corporate insolvency
- Corporations law
- Intentional torts
- Landlord and tenant
- Mining and resources
- Partnership disputes
- Professional liability
- Professional negligence
- Real property
- Restraint of trade
- Transport law – admiralty | aviation | maritime
- Common Law and Personal Injury
- Environment and Planning
- Industrial and Employment
- Inquests and Inquiries
- Public and Administrative
- Tax and Revenue