Dr Michelle Sharpe is a barrister, and a member of the Victorian Bar and New South Wales Bar, practicing primarily in the area of general commercial and regulatory law specialising in contract and consumer protection law. She has appeared both for and against regulators and businesses both large and small. She regularly appears in all jurisdictions in Victoria and in the Federal Court and New South Wales Supreme Court.
In November 2018 Michelle was named 'Barrister of the Year' in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. In 2021 Michelle elected as the Convenor of the Women Barristers Association, and was ranked by Best Lawyers in the area of commercial law.
Michelle is the author of Unconscionable Conduct in Australian Commercial and Consumer Contracts published by LexisNexis in August 2018. She has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in the areas of consumer protection and legal ethics. Recent articles include: "ASIC v Kobelt: a consumer protection blackout?" (2019) 27 Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law 283 and “More Than a Feeling: Finding Statutory Unconscionable Conduct” (2019) 27 Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law 108. She also writes for a column, in the Law Institute Journal and the Law Society of New South Wales Journal,reporting on recent cases in the High Court of Australia. She holds a first class honours degree from the University of Adelaide and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.
In 2006 she was a founding member of the Victorian Bar's Health and Wellbeing Committee and was involved in establishing a wellbeing program which included a 24/7 counselling service for barristers. This program was a finalist for the Australian Psychological Society Health and Wellbeing Award for 2015.
Outside of the law, Michelle is passionate about empowering girls and is an advisor for Empower Girl.
Michelle has had 4 readers: Sally Whiteman, Anastasia Smietanka, Christie Jones and Amanda Storey.
Some recent cases of note in which Michelle has appeared include: