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 Treasurer 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 also a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Member of the New South Wales Bar Association. Michael is a member of a Professional Conduct Committee and of the Family Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association. He has previously held positions as Appeals Editor of the Australian Family Lawyer, a Member of 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.
In 2015 and 2016 Mr Kearney was recognised by the Doyles Guide as one of the pre-eminent family law barristers in New South Wales and Australia.