Michael Lee

Michael J Lee Forensic Services

B.Com, CA
Director – Forensic Services
Accredited Forensic Accounting Specialist (CA ANZ)
Personal injury claims
Dependency / Compensation to relatives claims
Income Protection and Superannuation Claims
Damages assessment
Cost of modified motor vehicles


Michael is a Director in the Vincents Forensic Accounting unit. His primary area of expertise is the calculation of economic loss resulting from personal injury and property disputes.

Michael has provided expert opinion in the following jurisdictions for plaintiffs and defendants:

  • Supreme Court (QLD, NSW, VIC & WA)
  • District Courts (QLD, NSW, VIC & WA)
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Industrial Court (NSW)
  • Dust Diseases Tribunal of NSW
  • Retail Shop Leases Tribunal of QLD
  • Compensation Courts of the United Kingdom.
  • Compensation Courts of France
  • Compensation Courts of the United States

Notable matters Michael has prepared expert reports in relation to include:

  • The Sydney Harbour ferry disaster
  • Lockhart River air tragedy
  • Air Moorea air tragedy
  • MH370 air tragedy
  • French v QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited [2011] QSC 15
  • Yamaguchi v Phipps & Anor [2016] QSC 151
  • Amy Savage v The Nominal Defendant [2016] NSWDC 33
  • Panagoulias v The East Metropolitan Health Service (No 4) [2017] WADC 118
  • Bow v Axon & Anor [2018] QDC – Unreported
  • Niebour-Pott & Anor v Pott [2020] QSC 7
  • Waks v Cyprys & Ors [2020] VSC 44
  • Plaintiff A and B v Bird; Plaintiff C v Bird; Plaintiff D v Bird [2020] NSWSC 1379

Overseas Assessments

Michael has prepared Overseas Assessments for persons who are residents of:

Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Mauritius, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.


  • Chartered Accountant Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ)
  • Accredited Forensic Accounting Specialist (CA ANZ)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy)


Michael joined Vincents as an Associate in 2005 and has over 20 years of experience as a Forensic Accountant. Prior to pursuing his interest in litigation support, Michael worked as a tutor in accounting, mathematics and statistics and as a researcher and advisor in both the Commonwealth and State parliamentary system.


  • Chartered Accountant Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ) – Member
  • National Association of Forensic Economists – Member
  • CA ANZ, Forensic Accounting Special Interest Group (FASIG) – Member
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance – Member

Publications relating to Dependency / Compensation to Relatives / Lord Campbell's Claims

Michael co-authors the following papers:

Michael is also the author of 'Damages in Dependency', Precedent, Issue 151, March / April 2019.


He is a regular presenter in his areas of specialty including talks for the Queensland Law Society, Australian Lawyers Alliance, Brisbane Insurance Forum and College of Law. Michael is regularly invited to provide in-house seminars assisting solicitors and claims officers in understanding the assessment of damages in personal injuries matters.

Loss of Superannuation Publications

Assessment of Damages in Specific Areas Publications

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