Michael is a Partner at Edwards Family Lawyers – having joined the firm in 2018. He brings with him a wealth of experience in Family Law having practiced in a Family Law Firm for over 14 years.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts/Laws and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. He was admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of NSW and as a Solicitor to the High Court of Australia in 2006.
Michael understands that for many people, their family law matter is their first experience with the legal system and it can at times be confusing and overwhelming. He has earned his clients’ trust by providing a supportive yet pragmatic approach to their individual situation.
Michael is not in the business of making sales. He recognises that Family Law is an area where people can, sometimes, lose perspective of what they are truly seeking. He considers he has an important role to ensure his clients understand all the benefits and risks involved in any Family Law matter so they can consider their options regarding how to proceed in the future from a realistic and informed perspective. He strives to understand the particular circumstances of each client and is always interested in engaging in creative problem solving when called for to help resolve a matter.
Michael has successfully represented clients in a range of Family Law matters including complex property settlements, separation and divorce, de facto relationships, high conflict parenting disputes, relocation matters and child support. He is committed to settling disputes in the most constructive, non-confrontational and cost-effective manner possible and is skilled in negotiation and has represented countless clients in mediation. He believes the best settlements are achieved as a result of grounded preparation with his clients to allow him to negotiate from a position of strength and common sense.
In some instances however, court proceedings are inevitable and Michael is an experienced litigator and has considerable experience appearing before the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, and will ably guide his clients through that often very stressful process. Michael knows that thorough preparation of cases is what leads to successful outcomes. Where required he works effectively with forensic accountants and other expert witnesses to present to the court a logical proposed outcome that has been carefully worked towards together with his clients.
Michael has previously operated a legal practice in partnership for 9 years and his role prior to joining Edwards Family Lawyers was as a senior family lawyer in a national firm where he was responsible for supervising and mentoring junior family lawyers across New South Wales and Victoria.
Michael has also completed a Masters in Commercial Litigation from the College of Law. This background is of real benefit to his clients as he is able to apply his broad litigation & commercial experience to property matters to assist clients in achieving successful outcomes.
“Years of experience has taught me that every case is unique so I tailor my service to my client’s needs and objectives. I am dedicated to resolving matters as amicably as possible but offer a robust approach to court litigation when required.”
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Laws Commercial Litigation
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Practising since 2006
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