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Michael Barnes

Michael Barnes


Phone: (02) 8226 7356

International Phone: (+61 2) 8226 7356

Location: Sydney


Michael’s depth of experience, ability to get to the heart of an issue and communication skills put him at the top of employment & industrial law and personal injury law.

Michael is recognised in the profession as a leading practitioner in these practice areas and is accredited by the NSW Law Society in employment & industrial law and personal injury.

He has served on a variety of committees of the Law Society, including as part of the peer review process by which solicitors become accredited specialists in employment and industrial Law.

He has been a partner at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers since 2013 where he has a busy practice handling matters from a diversity of clients from all areas of New South Wales.

“Working side-by-side with clients, resolving problems and getting good results is what it’s all about – at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers we have an unparalleled team of experienced practitioners who go above and beyond for their clients when it matters.”

Key Professional Achievements

  • Michael completed a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws in 1975 and 1977 (respectively) from the University of Sydney.
  • Michael was admitted to practice in NSW in 1978
  • He completed a Masters of Laws at Sydney University while working in legal practice.
  • Listed in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as a ‘Leading’ practitioner in the area of employment (Employee & Trade Union Representation) – NSW.


  • Listed in the Doyle’s Guide as ‘Recommended’ practitioner in the area of employment (Employee & Trade Union Representation) – Australia, 2020 and in the area of Work Injury Compensation – NSW, 2018.
  • Michael is an Accredited Specialist in both Personal Injury and Employment Law by the NSW Law Society.


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