Michael Batch

Michael Batch


Michael advises on dispute resolution strategies for complex construction disputes, involving multi-parties, and multiple claims including for variations, latent conditions, bank guarantees and defective works.

Michael has experience advising on major infrastructure projects, including disputes arising from the North West Rail Link in Sydney and the Gold Coast Light Rail.

Michael was formerly a member of the internationally renowned construction practice at Pinsent Masons in London where he worked on disputes arising from the construction of Wembley Stadium. Michael has also held the role of Assistant General Counsel (Operations) at Thiess, where he advised on major construction and infrastructure projects, including the contract for the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN).

Michael has been recommended as a leading construction litigator in Queensland by the prestigious Doyles Guide.

Michael’s experiences include:

  • Avoiding and resolving construction disputes using all methods of dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation, expert determination, adjudication and litigation.
  • Bringing and responding to claims and applications under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) and Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW).
  • Challenging Security of Payment adjudication decisions on jurisdictional grounds.
    Successfully preventing recourse to bank security.
  • Advising on the operation of the Subcontractors’ Charges Act 1974 (Qld).
  • Managing claims (above and below deductible) and disputes arising under construction professional indemnity, contract works, and public liability insurance policies.
  • Negotiating, advising and drafting of complex contract documents in the construction, mining and infrastructure industries.




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