Michael Eagle


Telephone: 02 9220 6165
Fax: 02 8815 9303

Admitted as Barrister: 1990

Practice areas:

  • Common Law
  • Medical Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Personal Injury

Full-time practice at the NSW Bar since January 1990. Also admitted to practise in Queensland, Victoria and the ACT. 

Currently practising in common law with particular specialization in medical and professional negligence and personal injuries.

Has also practised in commercial, criminal, building and construction, defamation, trade practices, liquidation, bankruptcy, de facto relationships and family law



  • Arbitration Committee 2002
  • Mediation Committee 2004 and 2005, 2019
  • Costs & Fees Committee 2012 to 2021



  • Supreme Court: 2001-2004
  • District Court: 1992-1994, 1996, 1998-2005, 2009-2016
  • Local Court: 2001 and continuing

Costs Assessor: 2002 to date

Nationally Accredited Mediator: 2012 to 2021

Board Member:

  • Edmund Barton Chambers: 2006-2015
  • Australian Chinese Cultural Council- Senior Vice Chairman 2007-2017

Chinese Medicine Council of NSW: Legal Member 2012-2016


1997 Premises Liability, Australian Plaintiffs Lawyers Association, 9 August 1997.

1998 Occupiers Liability, College of Law, 21 February 1998.

Assessment of Damages under the Motor Accidents Act, College of Law, for Lexpo 90, 22 October 1998.

1999 Assessment of Damages under the Motor Accidents Act, University of Western Sydney, 13 March 1999.

2001 Damages in Negligence in Personal Injury Actions, The CLE Centre, 17 February 2001.

2003 Occupiers Liability Update, The CLE Centre, 15 February 2003.

2004 Recent Developments in Public Liability and Occupiers Liability, The Bar Association of NSW, 3 February 2004.

Damages in Negligence – a review of legislative developments and recent landmark cases, The CLE Centre, 16 February 2004.

The Australian Legal System and the Development of Torts, 9 October 2004 at Fudan University, Shanghai, China

The Australian Legal System and the Development of Torts, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, 10 October 2004, Shanghai, China.

2007 The Value of Life – an examination of recent High Court decisions and legislative provisions, The CLE Centre, 16 February 2007.

2009 The Standard of Care for Professionals under the Civil Liability Act, Edmund Barton Chambers, 11 March 2009.

The Standard of Care for Professionals under the Civil Liability Act, National Conference of Australian Lawyers Alliance, Sanctuary Cove, 23 October 2009.

2012 Topical Issues in Personal Injury Law, College of Law, 28 March 2012.

2013 Disclosure, Estimates and Recovery of Costs, The Bar Association of NSW, 13 March 2013.

Professional Negligence: Proof of Loss or Damage and Causation, The College of Law, 26 March 2013.

2015 Experts Giving Evidence in Court, Experts Direct, 26 November 2015.

2018 The Ins and outs of Successfully Running a Medical Negligence Case, CPE Mekong Conference, 28 March 2018.

Windfalls & Pitfalls – Peer Professional Practice, Portofino CPE Conference, 27 June 2018.

2019 Personal Costs Orders & Costs Traps – Practitioners Beware! Paris CPE Conference, 15 July 2019.

Just, Efficient, Timely and Cost-Effective Litigation? St Petersburg CPE Conference.

2022 Structure is the Key in Civil Liability Actions. Rome CPE Conference

Are Damages for Negligent Sterilisation Alive and Kicking? Taormina CPE Conference

2023 What is Competent Professional Practice. London CPE Conference

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