Full Name: Michael P Cahill S.C.
Phone:+61 3 9225 8151
Phone:+61 3 9225 7777
Secretary:+61 3 9225 7978
Chambers: Brian Bourke Chambers
Room: 0503
Date of Admission: 1 May 1980
Called to the Bar: 29 Nov 1990
Appointed Silk: 22 Nov 2016
Qualifications: B.Ec. Ll B.


Michael Cahill is an experienced advocate practicing in all criminal and quasi-criminal jurisdictions.  He is an accredited specialist criminal law advocate under the Victorian Bar's Indictable Crime Certificate program and is a Victoria Legal Aid ('VLA') Criminal Trial Preferred barrister. He is also a member of the Panel of Mentors for the VLA Trial Counsel Development Program.

He appears regularly in jury trials in the Supreme and County Courts, in Appellate Courts and before Royal Commissions, the Coroner's Court and other investigative and regulatory bodies. He has extensive trial experience in serious State offences, including murder and large scale drug trafficking, and Federal offences, including narcotics importations, terrorism offences, foreign bribery and other complex corporate crime. Trial and Court of Appeal matters have included the “Pong Su” (Korean nationals charged with a $150 million heroin importation) and "Benbrika (No 2)" (double jeopardy stay of proceedings).  

Additionally, he has done trial work in Western Australia and Central Australia for indigenous people and has undertaken Aboriginal cultural awareness training provided by Kellawan Indigenous Consultants.

Michael is an accredited Victorian Bar Readers' Course instructor and has instructed in overseas Advocacy Workshops in the Pacific, for the Victorian Bar, Bangladesh, for the Australian Bar Association, and Uganda, for an Australian NGO. He also is admitted to practice in the Republic of Nauru. 

Michael is Chair of the Education and Professional Developement Committee. He is a member of the Indictable Crime Certificate Committee and Foley's List Committee.

He is also Chair of the Victorian chapter of the International Commission of Jurists.

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Areas of Practice


  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Judicial Review and administrative law


  • Appellate
  • Crimes against the person
  • Drugs
  • Fraud
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime


  • Commissions and other inquiries
  • Coronial Inquests

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • All Australian States and Jurisdictions

Committee Memberships

  • Chair - Education and Professional Development Committee - Executive
  • Ex Officio member - The Indictable Crime Certificate Committee (ICCC)

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