Full Name: Michael F Sharkey
Phone:+61 3 9225 8596
Mobile:0408 151 104
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 1029
Date of Admission: 17 Apr 2012
Called to the Bar: 22 Oct 2015
Qualifications: JD, Post Grad Dip CA, B.Teach, B.A
Previous Occupation: Solicitor, Teacher


Michael acts for parties in the areas of Building & Construction, Contractual, Property, Insolvency and Discplinary disputes. At the Bar Michael regularly appears in all Victorian Courts and Tribunals, including in the following matters:

  • security of payment matters;
  • contractual disputes;
  • defects disputes;
  • unfair preference matters; and
  • Sale of Land Act breaches.

Michael is also available to advise on the operation of contractual terms, particularly in the Building & Construction context.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Michael was a Solicitor at Lander & Rogers Lawyers in the Insurance team. Prior to Lander & Rogers, Michael was a Solicitor with TressCox Lawyers in the Building & Construction team.

Notably, as a solicitor Michael acted in a series of disputes relating to the failure of key infrastructure, on behalf of builders involved in disciplinary proceedings, in security of payment matters, and in building defects disputes.

Michael is a co-author of the 5th Edition of Brookings on Building Contracts. He has published a number of articles, including in relation to substituted service, builders' duties and matters relating to the Owners Corporations Act.

Prior to coming to the Law, Michael was a secondary Drama and English teacher and Head of Arts at the MacRobertson Girls’ High School.

Michael read with Scott Stuckey and his senior mentor is Fiona McLeod SC.

Michael is currently undertaking a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne.


  • Foley's List Committee


  • Building Dispute Practitioners' Society
  • Society of Construction Law Australia
  • Commercial Bar Association of Victoria

Areas of Practice


  • Building and Construction
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law
  • Insurance
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property


  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Merits Review

Environment and Planning

  • Appellate
  • Civil enforcement
  • Environmental and Planning Offences
  • Local Government

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
From 30 Oct 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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