Michael O’Brien B.Ec LLB (Sydney)

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Since his admission to practice in 1987, Michael O’Brien has developed into a powerful advocate for his clients in all of their legal needs whether it be a criminal matter in the courtroom or as simple as buying a property. 

In nearly 30 years as a solicitor, Michael O’Brien’s most notable cases in the criminal court include the representation of serial child killer Kathleen Folbigg following her charges for the murder of her four children, and representing Tracy Jones and advocating the first home detention sentence following her guilty finding for defrauding Merriwa Shire Council of $1.8 million.

In the civil court, Michael represented the plaintiff in Rosemount Estates Pty Ltd and Iain Gavin Nairn Gidley-Baird v the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning and Bengalla Mining Company Pty Ltd to successfully argue the original approval for the Bengalla Mine was invalid.

Michael arrived in the Hunter Valley from Sydney as a fresh-faced, newly admitted solicitor in 1987 and has made an impact to the community and the local legal profession.
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A character in the local courtroom he has commanding advocacy skills to help and represent you with your criminal matters including:

  • Traffic offences and licence appeals
  • Drink driving charges
  • AVOs
  • Firearm offences
  • Drug offences
  • Assault
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Michael can also help you with:

  • Conveyancing, specialising in rural property;
  • Intergenerational transfers;
  • Estate planning, Wills and Probate;
  • Family Law including divorce, child custody and property settlement;
  • Specific advice to the equine industry.

Michael is also a keen sportsman and horseracing enthusiast. He has contributed greatly to rugby union in the Hunter Valley serving as secretary and president of the Hunter Valley Zone. He has extended his interests to giving his time to other sports such as hockey, netball and soccer.