Michael Ferguson has more than 30 years of experience in commercial and corporate litigation, particularly competition and regulation matters, for a wide range of industry sectors including finance, property development, mining, oil and gas, transportation, manufacturing and retail. Michael is the managing partner of our Perth office.

    In addition to advising and acting for clients in corporate, contractual, tortious, interpretation and other disputes, Michael has extensive experience in banking and insolvency litigation and corporate recovery. He advises banks, financiers and insolvency practitioners in achieving the best possible outcomes.

    Michael’s clients include energy, resources and mining companies as well as manufacturers and land developers.

    A skilled trial lawyer, Michael regularly conducts proceedings on behalf of his clients and appears as counsel in the Supreme, District and Magistrates courts in Western Australia and the Federal Court of Australia.

    Michael is a member of The Law Society of Western Australia, the Law Council of Australia, and the Competition and Consumer Committee, Western Australia. He is a frequent speaker for Legalwise Seminars and at industry conferences and seminars for the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and Chartered Secretaries Australia.

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    • Representing a major property developer in a dispute over an alleged contract for the sale of a significant parcel of land in Perth’s Northern Suburbs.
    • Representing a British Virgin Islands (BVI) registered company in a shareholders’ dispute over the entitlement to, and value of, an oil asset located in the Gulf of Thailand. Proceedings began in the BVI and involved parties in Australia, BVI, Thailand and the United States.
    • Acting for a listed mining company and its subsidiary in superior court litigation over title to and interests in mining tenements.
    • Advising a multinational corporation on potentially significant claim arising from contract to supply industrial components to a major production project in Western Australia (WA).
    • Representing six local authorities in a Supreme Court action over the operations of a joint waste management facility.
    • Acting for a local authority in Supreme Court proceedings against a contractor for loss and damages arising from alleged negligence and breach of contract.
    • Representing parties in federal court actions and applications to the Australian Competition Tribunal arising out of application for access to a privately owned railway line.
    • Representing a large mining company and producer in WA in competition law matters arising from proposed joint marketing of product, expansion of capacity at various facilities operated in joint venture with others, its rights to information under the economic regulation framework in WA and other competition law issues.
    • Advising a mining company on competition law issues arising from a proposal to divest certain mining tenements on the condition that the purchasers entered into a supply agreement with the mining company.
    • Acting for companies and a director of the companies prosecuted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission concerning allegations of cartel conduct.

    Education

    • The University of Western Australia, LL.B., 1978
    • The University of Western Australia, J.D., 1977

    Admissions

    • Western Australia, 1980

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