Michael Cranitch SC

Call 1974 / Silk 1995

Background

Michael is one of the founding members of State Chambers. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 1995 and throughout his illustrious legal career as a leading generalist barrister, Michael has maintained a thriving practice, particularly in the field of insurance law, medical negligence and personal injury law. He also has extensive experience appearing in coronial inquiries.

Michael has been at the forefront of achieving successful results for his clients at trial and on appeal in superior and appellate courts, including in long-running matters that are complex and high value in nature. Such matters often involve catastrophic injuries and serious medical misadventure, many of which have garnered widespread media attention. During his career, Michael has acted for both plaintiffs and defendants which has afforded him a rich understanding of the various arguments that can be raised by both sides of the Bar table. He also provides effective legal advice on insurance-related matters.

During a two-year period in the 1990s, Michael was appointed an Acting Judge of the District Court of New South Wales, then later resumed practise as a barrister. Michael was appointed a Board Member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for 12 years, and has served as Chair of the Safety Committee of Yachting Australia.

Michael is a qualified Mediator and his professional interests now also extend to acting as Mediator, in addition to his practice as an Advocate.

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