Michael Causer

Michael Causer

Michael Causer is a partner in the Sydney office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in environmental, planning and valuation law focused upon real estate, infrastructure and resources projects.

Michael's work encompasses environmental and project approvals, land access and compensation, native title, planning and local government, threatened species, heritage, contaminated land, pollution law, hazardous substances and dangerous goods. He acts for mining companies, property developers, statutory authorities, and State and Local Government.

Michael completed a Master of Commerce (Honours) with his thesis focused upon government intervention in the export of iron ore in the 1950s. Prior to joining King & Wood Mallesons, Michael was a part time lecturer in Economics at Queensland University of Technology.

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Recent Matters

  • Residential and commercial projects: advising, and representing in appeals, AMP Capital Investors, Westfield, Australand, and State and local government
  • Land tax and rates: advising, and representing in appeals, AMP Capital Investors, Australand, Orica, Colonial First State, Brickworks Limited and Stockland
  • Compensation: advising, and representing in appeals, the NSW Minister for Planning; Sydney Water; Sydney University; and the Commonwealth Bank
  • Mining, Electricity and Oil and Gas: Energy Australia; Xstrata Coal; Chevron; and BHPB
  • Native Title: Energy Australia; and Xstrata Coal.


  • Partner, King & Wood Mallesons - 2012 - present
  • Solicitor and Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney Office - 1999 to 2011
  • Master of Commerce (Honours), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of New South Wales.


Legal insights

The validity of certain staged development applications, and consents granted on the basis of those applications, is in question question following Bay Simmer Investments Pty Ltd v State of New South...

19 June 2017

Supreme Court of Western Australia: organic farm which lost part of its 'organic' certification vs neighbour who grew genetically modified canola.

29 May 2014

The One Stop Shop policy aims to cut green-tape by removing the need for environmental assessment & approvals at both State & Commonwealth levels.

25 May 2014

Water resources - now a matter of national environmental significance From 22 June 2013, coal seam gas (CSG) and large coal mining projects that will have, or are likely to have, a significant impact...

26 June 2013

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