Michael leads Ferrier Hodgson's Forensic IT practice


Michael presently heads the Forensic IT practice of Ferrier Hodgson, with a career that spans over 15 years, six of which were spent at a major global accounting firm heading some of the largest computer forensic assignments in Australia and Asia. Michael has been retained by a number of law firms and commercial clients to undertake sensitive and high-profile computer forensic assignments, including a number of FCPA (Foreign Corruption Practices Act) related investigations across Asia. He joined Ferrier Hodgson in 2010 and continues to work on assignments requiring the application of computer forensic skills to provide answers to legal and investigative cases.

Over the years, Michael has gained extensive experience in supporting a combination of both civil and criminal investigations for various industry sector groups. In doing so, he has participated in a large number of live search warrants and Anton Pillar orders for numerous enforcement agencies and law firms. Michael is well versed in the preparation and delivery of analysis results as an expert witness to the State and Federal courts.

Recent major projects

Some of Michael’s more notable matters include:

  • Managing the electronic discovery and investigation requirements of a civil lawsuit involving a major financial institution.
  • Undertaking an intellectual property theft investigation regarding the exodus of senior directors from a major pharmaceuticals company, the outcome of which proved widespread theft of commercially sensitive information and significant loss of revenue.
  • Conducting an FCPA based investigation for a global charity organisation in Asia. His role was to manage and lead the forensic and electronic discovery components of the investigation.
  • Investigating a high-profile cyber-crime hacking incident involving a major NSW government department.


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