Phone: +61 2 8029 6258
Fax: +61 2 9221 7183
Email Michelle Rabsch
CLERK: Bob Rymer
Phone: (+61)(02) 9232 4016
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Master of Laws (University of Sydney, 2003)
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Australian National University, 1996)
Bachelor of Economics (Australian National University, 1995)
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Administrative and Public Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Commissions of Inquiry
- Constitutional Law
- Consumer Law
- Criminal Law
- Defamation and Media Law
- Regulatory Prosecutions
Prior to being called to the Bar, Michelle’s experience reflected her diverse interests within the law and keen sense of public duty. After working as an associate to Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE, the then Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Michelle was admitted to practice and worked as a senior associate at Minter Ellison Lawyers. While practicing in the fields of Employment/Industrial Relations, Commercial Litigation and Media Law for nine years, Michelle was seconded to American Express in a general counsel role and also to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre to establish the NSW Homeless Persons Legal Service.
In 2008 Michelle moved across to government and into public and criminal law as the Counsel Assisting the NSW Solicitor General and Crown Advocate and later as the Special Counsel in the Criminal Law Team at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office.
At the Bar, Michelle continues to appear and advise in public, commercial and criminal law matters across a range of courts, tribunals and other forums.
Michelle has appeared and worked on the following cases of note:
Cornwell v Channel 7 and Ors; Al Muderis v Mazzella; Hunter v Hanson (defamation);
NSW Prothonotary v Smith; Makarov; Mallegowda; Dangerfield (contempt);
Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.
Youdom, Cecil, Bronte-Lee and McBride (Coronial inquests); and
Wotton v QLD, Wainohu v NSW, K-Generation v SA, International Finance Trust Co v NSWCC, Totani v SA, Kirk v IRC and NAAJA v NT (Chapter III Constitution);
Burrell v R and Gilham v R (murder appeals); Einfeld v R, Polley v R and Nguyen v R (sentence appeals); Cribb v R and Crump v R (life sentence redeterminations);
Duncan v ICAC (“corrupt conduct” jurisdiction);
Paphos (Cth trademarks);