MICHAEL WILSON

Bar Roll – 1 May 2014   
Admitted – 4 August 2003

Phone – 03 9225 8208
Mobile – 0405 848 791
Email – m.r.wilson@vicbar.com.au
Chamber – Level 2, Room 206, Douglas Menzies Chambers, 180 William Street, Melbourne

MICHAEL WILSON

Bar Roll – 1 May 2014   
Admitted – 4 August 2003

Phone – 03 9225 8208
Mobile – 0405 848 791
Email – m.r.wilson@vicbar.com.au
Chamber – Level 2, Room 206, Douglas Menzies Chambers, 180 William Street, Melbourne

Area of Law

  • Commercial Law
  • Crimes/Family Violence/Interv. Orders
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Magistrates Court – Civil
  • Probate/Wills/Family Provision
  • Property Law/Sale of Land

About

Michael has a wide ranging practice, with an emphasis on criminal law and related areas such as intervention orders and confiscation matters, but also including commercial, insolvency, employment and family law matters.

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On the criminal side of his practice, Michael has represented accused persons in pleas, contests, bail applications, special circumstances hearings, and vehicle forfeiture applications in the Magistrates’ Court.  He has also appeared for the prosecution in the County Court on many appeals (against both conviction and sentence) and breach proceedings.

Michael was recently briefed by the Commonwealth DPP to undertake an extensive review and update of the CDPP’s Search Warrants Manual.  Accordingly, he has a good understanding of the technicalities of Commonwealth search warrant legislation and recent decisions in that area.

Michael has acted in many intervention order matters.

Michael has also appeared for the Victorian Government Solicitor in the County Court on the compulsory examination of persons under the Confiscation Act.

On the civil side of his practice, Michael has acted in contested commercial matters in the Magistrates’ Court.  He has acted for creditors and debtors in contested bankruptcy proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court, as well as both employers and employees in employment law matters in the Federal Circuit Court. He has also acted in family law and VCAT matters.

Michael prides himself on his friendly approach to clients, and ability to relate calmly and respectfully towards people from all walks of life, including highly stressed people with challenging mental health issues, whilst at the same time maintaining the ability to give firm and frank advice.  Above all, Michael is committed to providing clients with clear, prompt and accurate advice to enable them to make informed decisions about their matters.

Before coming to the Bar, Michael was a lawyer in the Registry of the Court of Appeal, where he worked closely with the appeal judges and registrar in the management of criminal appeals.  Before that, Michael was the associate to the Honourable Justice Hansen of the Supreme Court of Victoria, in the Commercial and Equity Division, Common Law Division and Court of Appeal. Prior to that, Michael was a researcher in the Court of Appeal. During his time at the Supreme Court, Michael worked on the broadest range of matters across the Court’s civil and criminal jurisdictions.

Michael has extensive professional experience beyond legal practice, having worked as a Sessional tutor at Melbourne University Law School and also as a teacher of English and Spanish language. He is also a freelance NAATI accredited professional translator from Spanish to English.

Michael is happy to accept briefs to appear, advise or prepare paperwork in any court or tribunal in the above practice areas, including VLA matters. He is happy to accept briefs to appear in regional Victoria and interstate as required.

Michael read with Mark Black and his senior mentor was Peter Kidd SC (who now holds dual commissions as Chief Judge of the County Court and a Judge of the Supreme Court).

Publications

Justice is fairness (2015) 89(5) Law Institute Journal, 46

Stranded between Partisanship and the Truth? A Comparative Analysis of Legal Ethics in the Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems of Justice (2005) 29(2) Melbourne University Law Review 448; [2005] MelbULawRw 14

 

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