Michael Sharp., Civil Litigation Barrister., Commercial Disputes., Employment Matters.

About Michael Sharp

Michael Sharp is a civil litigation barrister specialising in commercial disputes, employment matters and Maori issues. Michael was previously a partner at the Tauranga firm of Holland Beckett. He has experience appearing at all levels of courts and tribunals and has an extensive mediation background.

Areas of Specialty

Michael brings both a problem solving approach to his practice with the aim of reaching a positive resolution for his clients in a time and cost efficient manner. As such, at an early stage of disputes Michael provides the clients with an analysis of the issues and the chances of success and guides clients to resolution options such as direct negotiations or mediation.

Commercial Disputes

Michael has extensive experience dealing with commercial disputes. With a commerce degree and accountancy work experience Michael is able to provide informed technical advice on commercial matters. This includes company matters, insolvency issues, contractual and tortious claims. He has written for legal publications on negligence law.

Employment Law

Michael has specialist post graduate degrees in employment law and has contributed academic articles and presented at conferences in this area.

Maori Issues

Michael has been involved in a broad area of Maori related work including regular appearances in the Maori Land Court and the Maori Appellate Court. He has represented clients in the Waitangi Tribunal. He also assists clients with a range of Maori land related matters including partitions, formation and administration of trusts, alienations and successions as well as publishing a number of academic articles on Maori legal issues.

Estate and Relationship Property Claims

Michael also deals with estate litigation and relationship property matters with complex commercial and trust aspects. He has experience appearing before the Family and High Courts on such matters.

Leaky Building Claims

Michael is also experienced with leaky buildings claims. He has represented clients before the Watertight Homes Resolution Service. This is another area where he has contributed academic articles.

Mediation Services

Michael is experienced in conducting mediations in a range of disputes. He encourages a risk analysis approach to assisting the parties to reach resolution. He is able to provide rooms for mediation meetings.

History

  • 2014 – Present
    MAUAO LEGAL CHAMBERS, MOUNT MAUNGANUI
    Barrister
  • 1999 – 2014
    HOLLAND BECKETT, TAURANGA 
    Partner
  • 1995 – 1999
    HOLLAND BECKETT, TAURANGA 
    Solicitor
  • 1991 – 1995
    CHRISTIANSEN ROYFEE PARTNERS, TAUPO
    Solicitor

QUALIFICATIONS

  • LLB (HONS) B.COM M.JUR (WAIKATO)
  • LLM (LABOUR LAW) (LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS)