Michelle Cupples


LL.B. (Hons), B.EC

Michelle joined the Burke & Associates Lawyers team in early 2017.  Michelle has been practising law for over 10 years across a wide range of areas including property law, commercial law, planning and zoning, estate planning and litigation.

Michelle is particularly interested in challenging and complex property transactions including structuring matters, property development and town planning and enjoys working in areas of law that are important for the growth of Melbourne. She also seeks to develop strong working relationships with her clients and provide them with timely advice in plain English to enable them to evaluate the issues at hand.

When not at work, Michelle associates with not-for-profit organisation Seven Women Inc., which supports marginalized and disabled women in Nepal. Michelle also enjoys spending time with friends and family and her dog.

Practice Focus

Property and development including:

  • Pre-contractual advice and due diligence for residential, commercial and off-the-plan transactions
  • Purchases using trust structures
  • Purchases using superannuation funds including borrowings by superannuation funds
  • Complex transactions involving stamp duty and land tax issues
  • Spousal and related party transfers
  • Advice on restrictive covenants and applications for variation or removal
  • Easements
  • Adverse possession claims
  • Planning and zoning matters
  • Advising on section 173 Agreements
  • Subdivisions
  • Owners Corporation matters
  • Retirement Village purchases
  • Retail and commercial leasing, sub-leases and licences
  • Green Leases
  • Property disputes including Supreme Court and VCAT litigation
  • Preparation and advice on various agreements for property and commercial matters
  • Lost title applications
  • Mortgages and guarantees
  • Compulsory acquisition

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours (La Trobe University)
  • Bachelor of Economics (La Trobe University)
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV)
  • Member of the LIV Leases Committee, Property & Environmental Law Section
  • Member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • Member of the Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association (VPELA)