Dr Michelle Sharpe practices primarily in the area of general commercial and regulatory law specialising in contract and consumer protection law and disciplinary hearings. She regularly appears in all jurisdictions either led or on her own.
Michelle is the author of Unconscionable Conduct in Australian Commercial and Consumer Contracts published by LexisNexis in August 2018.
Michelle 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.
In November 2018 Michelle was named 'Barrister of the Year' in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the University of Adelaide and a Doctorate from the University of Melbourne. Michelle’s doctoral thesis examined the doctrines of duress, undue influence, unconscionable conduct and statutory unconscionable conduct.
Michelle has had 3 readers: Sally Whiteman, Anastasia Smietanka and Christie Jones.
Some recent cases (2017 - 2019) in which Michelle has appeared include: