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Michael Barnes

Michael’s depth of experience, ability to get to the heart of an issue and communication skills put him at the top of employment & industrial law and personal injury.

Michael is recognised in the profession as a leading practitioner in these practice areas and is accredited by the NSW Law Society in employment & industrial law and personal injury.

He has served on a variety of committees of the Law Society, including as part of the peer review process by which solicitors become accredited specialists in employment and industrial Law.

He has been a partner at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers since 2013 where he has a busy practice handling matters from a diversity of clients from all areas of New South Wales.

Areas of Practice:

  • Accredited Specialists in Personal Injury Law
  • Public Inquiries, Royal Commissions & Special Projects


Key Professional Achievements:

  • Michael completed a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws in 1975 and 1977 (respectively) from the University of Sydney.
  • Michael was admitted to practice in NSW in 1978.
  • He was accredited by the NSW Law Society in employment and industrial law in 1994.
  • He is also an accredited specialist in personal injury law by the NSW Law Society.
  • He completed a Masters of Laws at Sydney University in while working in legal practice.
Practice Areas
Alternative Dispute Resolution Law
Consumer Law
Guardianship and Conservatorship Law
Insurance Law
Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Legal Malpractice Law
Medical Malpractice Law
Negligence Law
Personal Injury Law
Traumatic Brain Injury Law
Product Liability Law
Professional Liability Law
Railroad Accident Law
Torts Law
Asbestos Litigation Law
Workers Compensation Law
Civil Law
Car Accident Law
Train Accidents Law
Legionnaires Disease Law