Michael Sommerville is a highly-respected Senior Criminal Lawyer with over 30 years of experience in criminal and traffic law.

Michael was admitted as a lawyer in 1985 and, since that time, has represented clients to an extremely high standard in all types of criminal and traffic cases.

He has conducted thousands of criminal and traffic cases in all jurisdictions – from the Local and Children’s Courts all the way up to complex jury trials in the District and Supreme Courts, and all types of Appeals.

He now specialises in serious crime – including commercial drug supply, complex fraud, serious assault, Crime Commission, sexual assault and manslaughter/murder cases, and has an outstanding track record of getting serious cases dropped at an early stage or thrown out of court.

He is recognised by members of the legal profession as an exceptional criminal lawyer, persuasive negotiator, master strategist and formidable opponent inside the courtroom.

He is the former President of the St George Sutherland Law Society and a current lecturer at the Traffic Offenders Program.

Client’s benefit from Michael’s in-depth knowledge of criminal law, extensive experience, tactical skill, dogged persistence in negotiations, meticulous preparation and courtroom skills.

He is a vital member of Sydney’s best criminal defence team.

Recent Testimonials for Michael
"Highly recommend SCL. The staff were highly professional."

Highly recommend SCL. Thank you Michael and the team.

I had my appeal seen to without a grimace of failure and sure enough came out with the win.

Confident, calm and collected courtroom presence made me feel relaxed throughout the hearing.

The staff were highly professional and made for a comfortable and free first consultation.

Michael was exceptionally friendly and easy to communicate with from the first consultation right through to the hearing date.

(Published by client on Google)

"Thank you again for what you did to get a Section 10 for me!"

My appeal matter was taken by Michael Sommerville and I want to thank you again for what you did to get a Section 10 for me! I don’t how I would live knowing the fact that I am a convicted person. I screwed up a lot (as usual) but from this time, I will be more responsible person, I promise. It was just literally 6-7 minutes from the beginning of hearing my matter and I left the court room as an absolutely happy person. Thank you for that – you are the awesome genius! You took all this nervous process in your hands from the very first our meeting. You took care about my matter and helped me to go through the most difficult period of my life! During the time from that night, I made mistake by mistake because I couldn’t control my situation and stress but you helped me to choose right direction and took all this stress. That was amazing! I will do all my best for not to screw up again especially this one year because I know I will not be giving the second chance. I will concentrate more on my college project now then. Best of luck for you and what you love!

Angelina S (Published by client on Google)

"It was the most professional standard possible and the best outcome we could have hoped for on the day."

I would just like to say a huge thanks to Michael at your firm for an outstanding job in representing my son on his drug charges.

It was the most professional standard possible and the best outcome we could have hoped for on the day.

Please pass on my personal thanks to Michael for a top job.

Wayne O.