Michael Izzo SC

Date of admission to the Bar

Date of appointment as Senior Counsel

Areas of practice

Michael Izzo SC has a broad-ranging practice in commercial and public law.  He appears in appellate and trial courts, domestic and international arbitral tribunals and commissions of inquiry.

His principal areas of practice are:

  • Appellate
  • Banking, securities & financial services
  • Class Actions
  • Corporations & insolvency
  • Equity
  • Insurance & reinsurance
  • Public & international law
  • Professional liability
  • Trade practices & competition law

Michael is recognised in the current editions of Best Lawyers Australia (Litigation; Insolvency and Reorganisation Law), Doyles Guide (Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Insolvency and Restructuring) and Chambers Asia-Pacific (Restructuring and Insolvency).


Michael is currently Junior Vice President of the New South Wales Bar Association and Vice President of the Australian Bar Association. He is also Convenor of the Commercial Law Section of the New South Wales Bar.

He has been member of a Professional Conduct Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association since 2010 and is currently chair of PCC2.

Before coming to the Bar, Michael worked as a solicitor in litigation and arbitration at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Sydney and Herbert Smith in London. In 2003, he was Associate to Chief Justice Murray Gleeson at the High Court of Australia. From 2000-2002, he attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship for Australia-at-Large. He has a BCL and MPhil from Oxford and a BA and LLB from Sydney University.

Michael has previously held lectureship positions teaching Equity and Constitutional Law at Sydney University; and Torts and Trusts at Oxford University.

BA LLB (Syd)
BCL MPhil (Oxon)

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