A specialist in business/corporate and property matters, Michael is known for his unwavering dedication to his clients. He is committed to delivering strategic outcomes in relation to a range of legal matters, including intellectual property, start-ups, finance, contractual and transactional matters.

Michael Fetter has been recognised on the Best Lawyers List for 2020 – 2023 in the category of Commercial Law.

Highly respected in his fields, Michael Fetter is renowned for his sharp business mind and ability to cut through superfluous legal language to extract essential information and explain to his clients in a straight-talking manner. It is this combination of solid logic, excellent commercial acumen, responsiveness and approachability that has seen Michael be invited to sit on numerous company and advisory boards.

When the parameters of traditional solutions impede upon the best outcome, Michael is not afraid to push the boundaries. He thinks outside of the box in order to implement pre-agreed strategy and achieve a practical and commercially sound resolution.

With a genuine passion for business and commerce, Michael also follows the property market closely and relishes in the opportunity to connect with industry peers. Beyond the firm, Michael is a staunch Carlton Football Club supporter. He also enjoys time with his family, running, cycling, mediation and travel.

Being successful is a 24 hour commitment, filled with sacrifice and tough choices
- Michael Fetter

Qualifications & Industry Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
  • Masters of Laws, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Economics/Commerce, Monash University
  • Member of Law Institute of Victoria
  • Selected for Commercial Law, Best Lawyers List 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

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Commercial Law / Real Estate Agents / Owners Corporations & Strata

Changes for Real Estate Agents and Owners Corporation Managers

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Commercial Contracts & Agreements / Franchising & Licensing / Start-ups & Emerging Enterprises

Recording: TLFC Law Lunchtime Briefing: Internal Business Disputes

Chaired By Michael Fetter, Principal, and presented by Rob Oxley, Principal, Felicity Simpson, Special Counsel and...
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Commercial Contracts & Agreements / Small to Medium Enterprises / Start-ups & Emerging Enterprises

Best mates starting a company – what could go wrong?

What is a Shareholders Agreement A Shareholders Agreement is a document which sets out the ongoing relationship between...
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Commercial Law

Verification of online customers: Is your business complying with the new AML/KYC laws?

The changes apply to any business receiving funds from customers that are not already known to them This includes...
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Commercial Law / Mortgages, Loans & Finance / Mezzanine Finance

Private lending: the red flags

Today, it may appear amicable and you do not foresee anything going wrong after the money is advanced Surely, it’s...
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Mortgages, Loans & Finance / Mezzanine Finance / Small to Medium Enterprises

Tighter Lending by Bank Equals More Private Lending

Lenders need to be aware of their responsibilities and the risks that they face when agreeing to lend large amounts of...
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Commercial Contracts & Agreements / Leasing & Lease Disputes / Property & Development

Could you Be Contaminated?

Whether you are the purchaser of land, the seller, a landlord, a tenant, a developer or a lender, there are obligations...
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Commercial Law / Franchising & Licensing / Real Estate Agents

Thinking of buying or selling a Rent Roll?

However, rent rolls are regulated by the Estate Agent’s Act and it is important that the contract to buy or sell the...
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Commercial Law / Commercial Contracts & Agreements / Franchising & Licensing

Franchisors Beware – the ACCC means business!

The action taken by the ACCC against the franchisor related to acting in breach of good faith and making false or...
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Commercial Law / Small to Medium Enterprises

Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) Celebrates its 7th Birthday

Financiers who have registered security interests on the PPSR should be aware of this date, as seven-year registrations...
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Commercial Law / Intellectual Property / Information Technology & Innovation

Protecting your brand: the importance of a trademark

You may think your business name or logo is super catchy… witty… and perfectly encompasses the goods/services your...
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Commercial Law / Corporate Advisory and M&A / Insolvency

Changes to Director Liabilities: Understanding Your Exposure

In essence, the legislation broadens director liabilities to now include GST, luxury car taxes and wine equalisation...
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