Dr. Michael Wolff was admitted to practice in Australia in 2002 and signed the Bar Roll in 2008.
Aside from an ever-expanding construction law practice, Dr. Wolff practices in general commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on security of payment matters, corporations matters, banking and finance matters, farming litigation and matters with international aspects.
He appears regularly in interlocutory hearings and trials in the Federal Court and Supreme Courts throughout Australia, as well as in other courts and tribunals. In particular, he has recently appeared or is currently briefed in the Court of Appeal in Victoria, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the County Court of Victoria, VCAT, the NSW Supreme Court, the Court of Apepal in Qld, the Qld Supreme Court, the District Court of Qld, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia.
Michael Wolff has practised extensively in jurisdictions outside of Australia, generally specializing in banking cases or cases with an Australian connection, and appeared in matters in the courts of Switzerland, Germany and other jurisdictions.
Michael is an experienced practitioner in alternative dispute resolution, having participated in many mediations in most jurisdictions in Australia and in various international jurisdictions.
Michael has a particular interest in international arbitration and is on the panel of eligible international arbitrators at various international institutions, including the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre. He has lectured as a Senior Fellow in the LLM program in Melbourne at Monash University in International Arbitration. He is a Fellow of the CIArb.
Prior to signing the Bar Roll, Dr. Wolff has held numerous positions for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta and Houston, USA; Johannesburg, South Africa; Bangkok, Thailand and most recently, for Coca-Cola India in New Delhi, India. He holds a Magister Juris from the University of Vienna, a Doctor Juris from the University of Vienna and a Master of Comparative Jurisprudence from New York University. Dr. Wolff is a Fulbright Scholar, and a Fellow of the Institute of Comparative Law at NYU. He was admitted to practice in New York, USA, in 1996.
Dr. Wolff (Dr. Jur; Mag. Jur; MCJ; FCIArb; Cross of Merit in Gold, Austria) has served three consecutive term as the Hon. Consul General for the Republic of Austria in Victoria, Australia.
Dr. Wolff became a LEADR accredited mediator in 2008.
Brief list of recent relevant cases/judgments
In the matter of GVE Hampton Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) (ACN 167 150 521) VID 785/2019 \– Applications to set aside public examinations
Goulding v Simonds Homes Victoria Pty Ltd (No. 3)  FCCA 1790 – employment/contractor dispute
Owner Corporation 30 Willansby Av v Shangri-La Construction and others– Building and insurance dispute
Owners Corporation PS623721 v Shangri-La Construction Pty Ltd (Building and Property)  VCAT 683 – application to produce counsel’s opinion
Summer Breeze Pty Ltd v Victorian Managed Insurance Authority  VCC 734 - summary judgment in a major domestic building contracts
Constant Industries Pty Ltd v AV Investments Pty Ltd and Andrew Visa VCC CI-21-01920 – Mareva orders granted
PHHH Investments No 2 Pty Ltd v United Commercial Projects Pty Ltd S ECI 2021 0055 – Applications to set aside CSD
Shangri-La Construction Pty Ltd v GVE Hampton Pty Ltd (in liq) & Ors  VSC 161 – Application to appoint Special Purpose Liquidator
H2O Exchange Pty Ltd and Innovation and Science Australia  FCA 11 – R&D incentive scheme dispute
Mayart Pty Ltd & Ors v Knight & Ors,  VCC 15 – Cost consequences of guarantee and contract dispute
Schwarz & Conrad as administrators of Kamata Homes Pty Ltd v MCCA Asset Management Limited & Anor,  VSC 841 – DOCA determinations
Mayart Pty Ltd & Ors v Knight & Ors  VCC 1929 - Claim under guarantee for repayment of moneys lent
Pema Projects v Method Construction 2020 VCC – Security of Payment determinations
Shangri-La Construction Pty Ltd v Hyatt, in the matter of GVE Hampton Pty Ltd (in liquidation)  FCA 1577 – Applications to set aside compulsory examinations
One Scaf Pty Ltd v Rudyard Pty Ltd  VCC 1109 - Building contract – payment claims
Rudyard Pty Ltd v ASEA 1 Pty Ltd  VSCA 122 - Application for a stay of execution of judgment
SF Cosentino Pty Ltd v Glendining,  VSCA 149 – Misleading and deceptive conduct appeal
ASEA 1 Pty Ltd v Rudyard Pty Ltd, 2020 VSCA 122 – Sec for Cost Applications
Kevin Hughes Investments Pty Ltd v Ebert Unit Developments Pty Ltd  VSC 167 – Unit trust / cost determinations
Crossley v Sea Trek Dive Services Pty Ltd & Anor  QCA 35 - guarantee and indemnity appeal
MCCA Asset Management Ltd v Kamata Homes Pty Ltd (admins apptd)  VSC 742 – Application to set aside Deed of Company Arrangement
ASEA 1 Pty Ltd v Rudyard Pty Ltd,  VCC 1995 – SOP litigation
MCCA Asset Management Limited v Kamata Homes Pty Ltd & Ors,  VSC 512 - Application for interlocutory injunction restraining defendants from giving effect to the deed of company arrangement
G.C.E. Global Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd v Moshav Custodian Pty Ltd  VSC 402 - Application to restrain mortgagee from exercising power of sale
H2O Exchange Pty Ltd and Innovation and Science Australia  AATA 4195 – R&D incentive scheme dispute
Harmony Operations Australia v GG Feedlot 2019] VSC 132 - interim injunction
Sea Trek Dive Services v Crossley  QDC 126 – guarantee and loan agreements dispute