Dr. Michelle Sharpe

Barrister & Author Victorian Bar

Dr. Michelle Sharpe is a member of the Victorian Bar practicing in general commercial, consumer protection law and administrative law.

Dr Michelle Sharpe is a member of the Victorian Bar practicing in general commercial and regulatory law. She specialises in contract, property and consumer protection law. She appears regularly in all jurisdictions alone or led.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the University of Adelaide and a Doctorate from the University of Melbourne. Michelle’s doctoral thesis examined the doctrines of duress, undue influence, unconscionable conduct and statutory unconscionable conduct.

Michelle is highly experienced in matters involving breaches of consumer protection law, having acted for (and against) State and Federal agencies. She has written widely on the topic of consumer protection, particularly in the area of unconscionable conduct. In 2018 LexisNexis will be publishing a book she has authored on unconscionable conduct in Australian commercial and consumer contracts.

Michelle is the founding member and former chair of the Victorian Bar's Health and Wellbeing Committee. During her 9 years on that committee Michelle helped to establish a wellbeing program which included a 24/7 counselling service for barristers. This program was a finalist for the Australian Psychological Society Health and Wellbeing Award for 2015. Michelle has also given papers and written publications on the subject of mental ill health in the legal profession.

In 2018 Michelle was also named “Barrister of the Year” in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.