Michael Nicholls QC

D   08 9220 0319
M   0450 041 948
E   mnicholls@francisburt.com.au

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Appointment to Senior Counsel:

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Areas of practice


Adoption and surrogacy
Child protection
Child support

Family & de facto
Property, spousal-maintenance & financial
Child-related proceedings
Financial agreements
Child support

International family law
Restraining orders


Family Planning
Care and protection
Family and de facto
Parenting orders



Michael Nicholls QC has a practice that includes international family law, domestic family law, medical ethics and appellate advocacy.

Within international family law, he specialises in child abduction, relocation and international access cases, jurisdiction and forum disputes in divorce, financial and children’s cases, validity of marriage, adoption, surrogacy, recognition and enforcement of orders.

And in medical ethics and associated matters, he specialises in disputes about medical treatment, disputes between patients and doctors and parents and doctors, legal and ethical obligations of doctors, surrogacy arrangements (including overseas surrogacy arrangements), human fertilisation and embryology.

Michael was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1975 after serving in the Royal Navy. He spent five years as a lawyer in the Army before becoming a solicitor in private practice in England. He then worked for the Director of Public Prosecutions in London before moving to Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court in 1983, where he was a family lawyer and head of the Lord Chancellor’s Child Abduction Unit.

In 1998, he returned to practice at the Bar at 1 Hare Court, Temple, London, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He moved to Western Australia in 2009.