A former Judge of the District Court of New South Wales and Colonel of the Australian Army Legal Corps, Michael has an expansive practice, including, Commercial Law, Equity, Commissions of Inquiry, Immigration and Building Arbitrations.

Prior to his judicial appointment in the year 2000, Michael maintained a broad practice, regularly representing clients in long and complex matters, such matters including Royal Commissions and Inquiries undertaken on behalf of the New South Wales Government. He has appeared in the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia and in every Court in New South Wales. Michael has also appeared in the Supreme Court of South Australia and on numerous occasions in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Michael is accredited as a Mediator by LEADR. He has acted as Mediator in numerous commercial mediations and has appeared as Counsel on behalf of clients, including the New South Wales Government. Michael also holds qualifications as an Arbitrator.

Michael is now admitted as a lawyer in Papua New Guinea and is available to take instructions in any matter that concerns Papua New Guinea.

Appointments & Admissions
Appointed Queen's Counsel (New South Wales) -1982
Admitted to the Bar (New South Wales) - 1969
Admitted as a Lawyer (Papua New Guinea) - 2015
Areas of Practice
Commercial Law
Criminal Law
Equity & Trusts
Human Rights / Equal Opportunity / Discrimination Law
Mediation / ADR
Royal Commissions & Commissions of Inquiry
Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours): University of New England - 2013
Bachelor of Laws: University of Sydney - 1969
Reserve Forces Decoration (RFD)
Professional Memberships
Member, New South Wales Bar Association
Member, Human Rights Committee of the Law Council of Australia
Publications
  • Advocacy – NSW Bar Training Course
Select Cases
  • Senior Counsel for NSW Government in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Senior Counsel for NSW Government in the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service
  • Counsel Assisting the Inquiry into the Conviction of Andrew Kalajzich
  • Senior Counsel for the Crown in the Inquiry into the convictions of Anderson, Alister & Dunn
  • Senior Counsel for Department of Corrective Services in the Inquiry into that Department by ICAC

📞+61 2 8915 2025 📠+61 2 9223 4204
mfinnane@wentworthchambers.com.au

Michael Finnane QC

Senior Counsel, Arbitrator
and Mediator


A former Judge of the District Court of New South Wales and Colonel of the Australian Army Legal Corps, Michael has an expansive practice, including, Commercial Law, Equity, Commissions of Inquiry, Immigration and Building Arbitrations.

Prior to his judicial appointment in the year 2000, Michael maintained a broad practice, regularly representing clients in long and complex matters, such matters including Royal Commissions and Inquiries undertaken on behalf of the New South Wales Government. He has appeared in the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia and in every Court in New South Wales. Michael has also appeared in the Supreme Court of South Australia and on numerous occasions in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Michael is accredited as a Mediator by LEADR. He has acted as Mediator in numerous commercial mediations and has appeared as Counsel on behalf of clients, including the New South Wales Government. Michael also holds qualifications as an Arbitrator.

Michael is now admitted as a lawyer in Papua New Guinea and is available to take instructions in any matter that concerns Papua New Guinea.

Appointments & Admissions

Appointed Queen’s Counsel (New South Wales) -1982
Admitted to the Bar (New South Wales) – 1969
Admitted as a Lawyer (Papua New Guinea) – 2015

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law
Criminal Law
Equity & Trusts
Human Rights / Equal Opportunity / Discrimination Law
Mediation / ADR
Royal Commissions & Commissions of Inquiry

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours): University of New England – 2013
Bachelor of Laws: University of Sydney – 1969
Reserve Forces Decoration (RFD)

Professional Memberships

Member, New South Wales Bar Association
Member, Human Rights Committee of the Law Council of Australia

Publications
  • Advocacy – NSW Bar Training Course
Select Cases
  • Senior Counsel for NSW Government in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Senior Counsel for NSW Government in the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service
  • Counsel Assisting the Inquiry into the Conviction of Andrew Kalajzich
  • Senior Counsel for the Crown in the Inquiry into the convictions of Anderson, Alister & Dunn
  • Senior Counsel for Department of Corrective Services in the Inquiry into that Department by ICAC

?+61 2 8915 2025 ?+61 2 9223 4204
mfinnane@wentworthchambers.com.au