017_webAbout Michael

Michael is a commercial litigation specialist who has worked across a range of disputes with a particular speciality in Building, Construction Projects & Infrastructure. He focuses on contracts, general litigation and dispute resolution.

Before Whiteleys

Before joining Whiteley Ironside & Shillington in 2014, Michael worked for a decade in general litigation in Sydney CBD, at a leading mid-tier national law firm and in-house at a leading international development and construction companies.

He commenced his career at a boutique construction law firm, progressing to an Associate in a leading national litigation practice, specialising in general litigation, Home Owners Warranty insurance, professional indemnity and construction.

Most recently, Michael was In-House Legal Counsel at Baulderstone and Lend Lease Engineering, two of the most pre-eminent, international construction companies. In this capacity, he provided legal advice to the company and the Board spanning vast legal, risk and commercial issues. He advised on construction contracts and negotiations, tender reviews, risk profiles and risk management, corporate governance, commercial legal practice and dispute resolution.

What he does

Michael is a litigation lawyer with vast experience in the Courts and Tribunals. He has experience across all disputes ranging from crime, employment, debt recovery, negligence, insurance, personal injury, disputed Estates, tenancy and property. Michael represents all clients including individuals, small businesses, or multibillion dollar listed companies. He primarily practises in the New South Wales Local, District and Supreme Courts and the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (formerly CTTT).

Michael also specialises in construction; advising clients on the day to day management of construction, tenders, procurement and projects. He undertakes detailed dispute resolution negotiations including litigation, arbitration and informal and formal mediation. Michael gives contractual advice, and drafts claims and statutory adjudications under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999. Michael acts for clients in all commercial and construction disputes, with experience acting for architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, homeowners, and developers.

What his clients say

"Recent circumstances required that I consult legal opinion to resolve a legal issue with one of our clients – after asking around and receiving their newsletter in the mail I spoke with Michael Evans of Whiteley Ironside & Shillington. Michael was a great help, straight away enabling us to come up with a way ahead to deal with our issue. He advised us of all possibilities, pitfalls and challenges and gave us confidence to proceed. The dedication to process and professionalism shown by Michael was evident from the beginning. I have no hesitation in recommending Michael to others in the construction / earthmoving industry." 
Craig Taragel, Managing Director - ENVIROCON P/L

When he’s not at Whiteleys

Michael is a keen couch sportsman for any sport including darts. He is a passionate Wests Tigers supporter and loves cricket, a love that motivates him off the couch and into the field in summer. He is foremost a family man, a doting father of two and husband to a woman well above his batting average, which he makes up for by doing most of the cooking.


Bachelor of Arts
Macquarie University

Bachelor of Laws
Macquarie University

WIRO Approved Legal
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Contact info

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Phone: (02) 6362 1866
Fax: (02) 6362 1837

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Happy New Laws!

Happy New Laws!

by Michael Evans  Comments (0)
Welcome back to work everyone, and a happy new year.  It’s all too often the case that we all return to work fresh and ready to roll, but realise quickly that very little has changed. ...

On the Tools – Construction Law Newsletter – April 2015

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Welcome back to “On the Tools”, Whiteley Ironside & Shillingtons’ construction law newsletter. We will give you regular updates on legislative changes, important judgments and other legal developments relevant to the construction industry. Construction Law Newsletter...