Special Counsel
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  • +61 3 9609 1536
  • mdowling@rk.com.au
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Laws, Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Property Law Accredited Specialist (Law Institute of Victoria)

Michael practises in the areas of property, local government, property development and subdivisions. He is a specialist accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria in property law and has over 30 years’ experience in complex property matters, including a full range of legal services for medium to large scale property projects with particular expertise in the government and local government sectors and with an emphasis on friendly, efficient and timely advice with practical outcomes.


  • Advising clients on all aspects of commercial property law including sales and acquisitions, subdivision of land and property development
  • Acting for more than 40 metropolitan and rural Councils in relation to the sale and redevelopment of land for residential and mixed use, land exchange agreements, joint ventures with property developers and the acquisition and redevelopment of Crown Land
  • Preparing all documentation in relation to various types of plans of subdivision under the Subdivision Act 1988 (Vic) and the creation, variation or removal of easements and restrictive covenants
  • Drafting agreements pursuant to Section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987
  • Advising Councils and other public bodies on adverse possession claims and encroachments in respect of roads, public highways, reserves and other types of land
  • Advising Councils and private clients on the conversion of land from general law to Torrens title
  • Advising Councils on all aspects of compulsory and private treaty land acquisitions, including compensation claims under the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 and the Planning and Environments Act 1987
  • Acting for Councils, public bodies and private clients in respect of strategies for the disposal of contaminated land
  • Advising property developers in relation to broadacre subdivision developments


  • Member, Property Law Committee, Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member, Law Institute of Victoria/Land Victoria Liaison Group
  • Church Warden, St Thomas' Anglican Church Burwood
  • Senior Deputy Chair of Committees, Melbourne Anglican Synod
  • Former Member, Archbishop-In-Council, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
  • Former Chair, Church Missionary Society Victoria