Michael Earwaker




Michael heads up Corrs’ project dispute practice in Sydney. He is a recognised expert in this field.

Michael assists clients to quickly resolve disputes before they escalate to litigation or arbitration. Having previously practiced as an engineer in both design and construction work, Michael is skilled at identifying key legal and technical issues and devising superior dispute resolution strategies.

Michael is a Senior Fellow at Melbourne University, where he lectures on the subject Advanced Construction Law.

Key deals


Michael has defended and prosecuted claims arising out of major resource projects. Types of projects include LNG, hard rock and soft rock mining, mineral processing, transport and port facilities.

Government infrastructure

Michael is familiar with contractual and commercial arrangements for the delivery of transport and social infrastructure to government, whether by way of PPP, delivery partner, alliance or conventional arrangements and the specific characteristics which underpin this sector of construction.

Contractor claims

Michael has acted on the largest and most complex contractor claims in Australia and the region. He understands the dynamics of contractors in designing and prosecuting claims.

Performance standards

Michael is a thought leader on the way in which performance standards associated with major projects are deployed and delivered. He has acted on major disputes where at issue is the satisfaction of these standards by the contractor and designer.