Michelle Castle


Michelle Castle was called to the Bar in 2007.

After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1991, Michelle worked as tipstaff to Justice Simon Sheller in the NSW Court of Appeal.  Thereafter Michelle practised as a solicitor with Allen Allen & Hemsley in the Construction and Arbitration department before working with, and ultimately being principal of, DGT Thompson.  It was there that Michelle became a recognised expert in the law and practice of legal costs.

Michelle is also a court appointed costs assessor and serves on the Costs Assessment Rules Committee established under the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014.

At the Bar, Michelle has a diverse practice in commercial and equity matters, building and construction, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporations law, administrative law, professional negligence, succession law and costs law.

Michelle is a regular presenter of seminars and contributor to LSJ. She is  is presenting at Rosie Traill’s 6th Annual National Practical Bankruptcy Congress on 3 December 2018. The topic is s.130 warrants and the use of other compulsive powers to obtain information. Then on 4 December Michelle is one of the leaders, with Peter Harrison and Bob Cruikshanks, of the Full Day Workshop, “Practical Strategies for Successful Outcomes.” A copy of the programme is available here: Bankruptcy programme 

Areas of practice

  • Administrative
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial
  • Common Law
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations Law
  • Equity
  • Family Provision
  • Professional Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Succession, Wills & Probate


Limitation issues in solicitor clients costs‘ Law Society of NSW Journal Issue 50 (November 2018)

Commercial jurisdiction of the District Court: surprising, inconvenient, unfortunate?‘  Law Society of NSW Journal Issue 49 (October 2018)

Security for legal Costs: lessons from Malouf v Constantinou’  Law Society of NSW Journal Issue 48 (September 2018)

Getting in on the Fruits of the Action’  Law Society of NSW Journal Issue 47 (August 2018)

You really got a hold on me…the power of the solicitor’s lien‘ Law Society of NSW Journal Issue 46 (July 2018)

Practical guide to lump sum costs orders‘ Law Society of NSW Journal Issue 45 (June 2018)

To sue or not to sue‘ Law Society of NSW Journal Issue 44 (May 2018)

Grappling with complexities’ Law Society of NSW Journal Issue 43 (April 2018)


Contact information

Phone: (+61 2) 9335 3035

Fax: (+61 2) 9335 3099

Email: michelle.castle@stjames.net.au