Roberts QC

In more than 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

In addition Michael has continued to be retained in a wide variety of commercial arbitration proceedings both locally as well as interstate.

To view a copy of Michael's CV, please click here.

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Chambers: Room 1814
Castan Chambers
460 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
International Arbitration
Expert Determination
Civil Appeals
Building Law & Construction Law
Commercial Building Disputes
Residential Building Disputes
Commercial Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Property & Probate
Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
Building Law & Construction Law
Civil Procedure Law
Contractual Disputes
Common Law
Insurance Law
Intentional Torts
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Market Conduct
Trade Practices
Restraint of Trade
Product Liability
Consumer Credit Disputes
Consumer Protections
Franchising Law
Industry Regulation
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Planning Offences
Civil Enforcement
Town Planning
Restrictive Covenants
Equity & Trusts
Industry Regulations
Gaming Industry
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
Domestic Building Tribunal
Insurance Law
Disability Claims
Life Insurance
Public Liability
Total & Permanent Disability (TPD) Insurance
Motor Vehicle Insurance
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Directors' & Officers' Insurance
Professional Negligence
Public Law & Administrative Law
Industry Regulations


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
30 Mar 1989
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
26 Nov 1992
Appointed Silk:
27 Nov 2012


BSc (Hons), LLB