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Michael Doherty
Michael Doherty
Position: Special Counsel Team: Building and Construction Phone: (02) 6279 4387 Email: vCard: click to download

Michael joined Meyer Vandenberg in July 2016. He has over 35 years post-admission experience. Highlights include:

• 14 years as a partner in an Adelaide law firm specialising in property and development as well as planning and environmental law;
• nearly 8 years (immediately before joining Meyer Vandenberg) as in-house counsel with the (Commonwealth owned) Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), working on national infrastructure projects; and
• earlier experience in general legal practice as well as 6 years in an in-house general counsel role in local government.

Michael has extensive experience in property, development and infrastructure projects including advising Commonwealth, state and local government clients as well as builders and land developers. He has wide experience in drafting a variety of property, commercial and other documents.


• Building and Construction Law
• Property and development
• Project delivery (including urban and infrastructure developments)
• Planning and Environment

Professional Background

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – Adelaide University (1979)
Bachelor of Arts – Adelaide University (1990)
Graduate Management Qualification – UNSW (1992)
Currently undertaking a Masters in Environmental Law at ANU

Australian Capital Territory, 2016
South Australia, 1979

Affiliations and Memberships
ACT Law Society
SA Law Society
National Environmental Law Association
Environmental Defenders Office SA (pro bono legal adviser and life member)
Planning Institute of Australia (Affiliate Member)