Michael Kearney SC

Areas of Expertise


Care & Protection

Child abduction

Child Support

Family Law


Mediation & Arbitration

Medical Negligence


Trusts & Estates


Michael Kearney was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in January 2000 and appointed Senior Counsel in October 2012. Michael practised as a solicitor from 1994 until 2000. Since admission as a legal practitioner he has practised predominantly in the area of family law.

The majority of Michael’s practice is in the area of family law, encompassing all issues including complex financial and parenting disputes. Michael has a particular speciality in appellate work in the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia throughout Australia and has also appeared in the NSW Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia.

Michael also acts as a mediator and is an accredited arbitrator and a member of the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators.

Michael is the New South Wales Barrister representative on, and Deputy Chair of, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the peak body representing family law practitioners throughout Australia in their dealings with the government and courts. The Family Law Section is also a leading provider of continuing legal education to the profession.

Michael is a Member of the New South Wales Bar Association and Chair of the Family Law Committee of the Association. He has previously held positions as Appeals Editor of the Australian Family Lawyer, a Member of a NSW Bar Professional Conduct Committee and the NSW Bar News Committee and as a Casenote Editor of the CCH publication ‘Current Family Law’.

Mr Kearney is a frequent presenter of seminars to the legal profession and has published a number of articles in the family law area.

Since 2015 Mr Kearney has been consistently recognised by the Doyles Guide as one of the pre-eminent family law Senior Counsel in New South Wales and Australia.

Michael Kearney SC