The Hon Michael Bryan Joshua LEE

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 27.03.2017
Location: Sydney

Justice Michael Lee was born in Perth but was raised in Sydney. After graduating in law from the University of Sydney, he commenced work as a solicitor in 1989 with a firm that later became one of Australia's largest national partnerships. He was made a senior associate of the firm in 1992 and was appointed its youngest partner, in 1995. He eventually became a senior litigation partner and national practice group leader before coming to the New South Wales Bar in 2002.

His Honour developed a nationwide and eclectic practice and acted in a very broad range of superior court matters at both first instance and on appeal. He took silk, after 9 years, in 2011. Both before and after taking silk he acted in both civil and criminal matters.

While at the Bar, Justice Lee was involved in a number of high profile cases ranging from building and construction disputes, insurance cases and employment law and workplace safety prosecutions; additionally, he was briefed as leading counsel in a number of the largest commercial actions in Australia. In this role, he was at the forefront of all of the developments with regard to Part IVA representative proceedings in recent years. His Honour has been a regular presenter at seminars involving issues relating to representative proceedings and litigation funding.

He was also actively involved in a number of legally aided matters, pro bono and public interest cases.

His Honour, while at the Bar, appeared primarily in Sydney and Melbourne but also conducted cases in every superior State and Territory Court throughout the Commonwealth.

His Honour was appointed to the Federal Court in 2017 and is also an Additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.
His Honour is the section editor for the Australian Law Journal section on class actions and is a Fellow of the University of Melbourne. His Honour has also been long involved in the arts including as a director of the Bell Shakespeare Company.

Associateship applications

Justice Lee’s Chambers are staffed by an Associate and Executive Assistant. The Associate position usually commences in late January every year, for a duration of 12 months. Justice Lee invites interested persons to apply by November of the year two years prior to the proposed commencement year.

Justice Lee is currently accepting applications for an Associate position commencing January 2021. Applications should be provided by no later than 15 November 2019.

Applications are to take the form of a one-page cover letter, CV and university transcript.

General information about associate positions can be found in the employment pages of the website.

Applications should be sent by email to nswdr@fedcourt.gov.au marked to the attention of the Chambers of Justice Lee.