Michael is a Director of Fox and Thomas.

Michael’s legal experience covers a wide range of issues with his particular expertise being in the areas of succession and estate planning, business structuring, complex rural transactions and water law.

Michael grew up on a sheep and cattle property at Bollon. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws at UQ, St Lucia, Michael completed his articles with Ian Coutts at AR Coutts and Sons, St George. AR Coutts and Sons merged with Fox and Thomas in 1999 and Michael became a partner of Fox and Thomas in 2007.

Michael’s experience in rural property transactions was recognised in 2011 when he was asked to present a paper on that topic at the annual Queensland Law Society Property Law conference.

Michael moved with his family to Goondiwindi in 2016 and now visits St George monthly to meet with clients.

With almost 20 years’ experience in rural legal practice, Michael understands and appreciates the legal issues which arise amongst his client base. Situated within a major irrigation area, Michael has an in-depth understanding of the complex area of water rights and entitlements.

Outside of the office Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, Louise and their 3 young children and maintaining a connection to the land through regular visits to their old family properties at Bollon.

Michael was recently recognised for the second year in a row as one of Queensland’s leading agribusiness lawyers in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide.


    Sixty Seconds With Michael Cowley.

    1. Why did you decide to become a lawyer? 21500 acres at Bollon was not divisible by 4

    2. If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be? Something else involving agribusiness, possibly in science or engineering

    3. What brings you the most joy in your job? The often visible relief and peace of mind clients obtain  from a well structured and implemented estate or succession plan

    4. What’s the best advice you could give your clients? Plan early, plan often, plan together

    5. What are the downfalls of being a lawyer? Spending too much time inside … except in Summer …… and Winter

    6. If you could invite three people for dinner, dead or alive who would they be and why?

    Winston Churchill – love his turn of phrase and often acerbic wit
    Mahatma Ghandi – An inspiring lawyer, his combination of compassion and relentless drive and determination intrigues me
    Robin Williams – need someone to introduce some humour when the discussion between the other guests gets too heavy

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