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Hon Michael Whitten KC Judge


The Hon Michael Whitten KC practises in civil and commercial litigation. He is the former Lord Chief Justice of Tonga.


For more than 30 years, he has appeared in courts, tribunals and arbitrations throughout Australia and overseas.


Between September 2019 and August 2023, Michael served in country as the Lord Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Tonga and President of the Tongan Court of Appeal. During that term, he heard and determined over 1,300 cases across all areas of law with over 300 judgments published and/or cited on PACLII.


Prior to moving to Tonga, Michael specialised in all aspects of building and construction disputes including associated insurance actions. He is a co-editor of the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of ‘Brooking on Building Contracts’. Alternate dispute resolution remains an important part of Michael’s practice. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a nationally accredited mediator. He has served on the Victorian Bar’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee and the Australian Bar Association’s International Arbitration Committee.


Michael is a founding member of Melbourne TEC (Technology, Engineering and Construction) Chambers, a group of specialist construction law barristers, arbitrators and mediators who practise throughout Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.


Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation.


Phone: +61 03 8600 1777

Mobile: +61 0458870427

Fax: +61 03 8600 1770


Admission year: 1995

Bar roll year: 1996

Silk year: 2015


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