Area of expertise

Commercial Law

  • Property & Development
  • Major Projects
  • Agribusiness
  • Infrastructure
  • Resources Management

Michael Markowitz

Senior Consultant LLB, MCRP, Part 1 and Part 2 Solicitors Qualifying Exams – England and Wales

office Melbourne
phone +61 3 8687 7309

Michael heads the property law practice in our Melbourne office.

With qualifications in both law and town planning, Michael has over 30 years’ property experience.

His extensive experience includes acting for government organisations, large construction companies, financiers, infrastructure project management companies and property developers in projects across the retail, hospitality, alpine, water, gas, viticulture and telecommunications industries.

Michael has advised ALDI supermarkets on the acquisition and development of distribution centres and Woolworths on the development of multi-use centres in metropolitan Melbourne.

Michael was the principal draftsperson of the ski field leases for Falls Creek and Mt Buller. He also previously advised the Victorian Minister for Sustainability and Environment on appointments to alpine boards of management.

Michael’s water industry experience includes developing water supply and transport agreements for rural agribusiness, and iconic water re-use and conservation projects such as the waste water recycling project at Mount Hotham. Finalist: Banksia Awards for water conservation.

The 2020 edition of renowned legal directory The Legal 500 notes our Property team as having ‘considerable expertise and knowledge in property/leasing issues and are responsive especially when there are strict time frames’ and ‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and good value’.

Significant recent experience

  • Acted for Woolworths in the development of multi-use (retail and residential) centres in Heidelberg and North Melbourne
  • Acted for ALDI in the planning, acquisition and development of the distribution centre in Lyndhurst
  • Acted for Abacus in the due diligence and acquisition of the property at 484 St Kilda Rd
  • Principal advisor for Mount Hotham Management Board in proposed $500 million redevelopment of Hotham Village comprising realignment of the Great Alpine Road, construction of an iconic ‘Bale’ development, 432 apartments and branded luxury hotel, and additional retail space
  • Advising the Victorian Department of Education (formerly known as Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) in connection with its program for disposal of surplus schools including the sale and tender of surplus school sites, which had an approximate value of $2 billion.

Published Articles

Restrictive covenants in Victoria

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Professional Membership

  • Urban Development Institute Australia