Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor

Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Recognized since 2020

Brisbane, Australia

Practice Areas

Commercial Law

Insurance Law

Shipping and Maritime Law

Trade Law

Transportation Law

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An accomplished lawyer with more than 25 years' experience as a litigator, Michelle specialises in maritime and transport law. Michelle features as a leading shipping and transport practitioner in Chambers, Legal 500, Doyle’s and Best Lawyers. She is also very active in the maritime and transport industries including being the Vice President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) and on the Executive of Australian Maritime and Transport Arbitration Commission (AMTAC).

What she does

Michelle has been recognised internationally for her extensive shipping experience and of casualty and pollution matters in particular. Her casualty experience includes some of the most significant maritime incidents in Australian and New Zealand waters in recent years.

With exceptional skill in marine insurance, including hull, liability, pollution, cargo and transit claims, Michelle has been at the forefront of drafting insurance policy wordings for the Australian and London markets. She has significant expertise in admiralty practice, as well as maritime related disputes in the Asia Pacific region. Her depth of knowledge in relation to the road transport industry is extensive, with Michelle being involved with the defence of many high-profile prosecutions under chain of responsibility legislation, including the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Who she works with

Michelle has more than a decade of working with Commonwealth Government, including the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Department of Defence. She was recently invited to contribute to the Commonwealth Government's consultation on the Wreck Removal Convention.

  • Level 23
    240 Queen Street
    P.O. Box 10220
    DX 302
    Brisbane QLD 4000

Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Brisbane, Australia

60 The Best Lawyers in Australia awards

22 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Australia awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Shipping and Maritime Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Shipping and Maritime Law, Brisbane, Australia (2023)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Shipping and Maritime Law
  • Trade Law
  • Transportation Law
Special Focus:
  • Maritime
  • Occupational Disease
  • Shipping


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