Are you looking for a care lawyer, child protection lawyer or a child protection solicitor?
Has FACS taken your child?_____________________________________________________________________________

Defending child protection and medical criminal legal matters 
Defending the falsely accused

Are you having issues with a child protection authority such as NSW’s FACS (formerly DOCS)?
Does your child have ongoing medical issues of concern to a child protection authority?
Have you been charged with a criminal offence in relation to your child’s illness or injury?
Have you received an inaccurate psychiatric or psychological report in the children’s, family law or criminal courts?
Or are you having general difficulties with a child protection authority?_____________________________________________________________________________

Michael Nott can assist individuals defend child protection, family law and criminal legal matters, including representation when domestic violence allegations have been excluded from custody matters. Mr Nott has specific expertise in the medico-legal context, but his work is not limited to this area. Michael practices in the child protection, criminal and family law jurisdictions, with a specific emphasis on medical and scientific evidence.

Mobile: 0420 295 903

Munchausen by proxy and shaken baby
Michael Nott offers defence of medical child abuse. This includes Munchausen syndrome by proxy, factitious disorder by proxy, fabricated illness, shaken baby syndrome and multiple cot deaths. Michael Nott deconstructs adverse medical evidence and obtains appropriate medical defence on your behalf. Michael can assist individuals who are having problems with a child protection authority such as NSW FACS (formerly DOCS) and where people have been charged with a criminal offence, both of which may occur in relation to a child’s illness or injury. He has an interest in medical evidence in these contexts and has experience in defending clients in a forensic manner, including the utilisation of detailed subpoenas. He insists on accessing recent medical expertise and deconstructs prejudicial labels which can impact cases.

Subpoenas and excluded evidence
Mr Nott has a particular interest in evidence, as it relates to general child protection, family law and criminal matters. He is forensic in the use of subpoenas to access information which may have been difficult to acquire – particularly in relation to criminal records, medical records and domestic violence, which may not have been revealed. He has experience in dealing with inaccurate psychiatric or psychological reports in the Children’s and Family Law courts.

Consultancy for other lawyers
Mr Nott offers a service for other lawyers on legal defence strategies to be used in child abuse medical matters, as the adverse medical evidence should not go unchallenged. Mr Nott has extensive contacts with medical expert witnesses, particularly in the US and UK. In his role as legal consultant, he is able to liaise with experts, manage the intricate detail of acquiring reports, negotiate the transport of complex medical evidence and deal with the logistics of video or witness evidence. If you are a lawyer with a complex medical matter, and don’t have the time to devote to the detail, Michael can alleviate your concerns.

In many medical cases there is a reliance on a flawed circular path of reasoning, where the factual foundation and assumptions for expert opinion alleging abuse have not been established. Allegations of abuse often occur when wrongly interpreted medical findings establish trauma and/or wrongful actions where no such action exists. In medical cases such as these, abuse allegations are unsupported by an identifiable process of reasoning.
The earlier you get a competent lawyer involved, the better chance you have of defending a matter.
Defending allegations involving medical matters in the criminal, family and children’s courts can be extremely difficult and challenging.

This website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

Michael has a high level of integrity and honesty.  He always treats us with respect and dignity.  He explains things in layman’s terms that we can understand and breaks it down so we can understand it.  He goes the extra mile.  He is committed and has extensive knowledge of our case.  He is willing to stand up for his client and fight for his client.

He has a strong work ethic as well as being an ethical practitioner.

“Lorraine” (TASMANIA)

Michael is one of the most honest and kind solicitors I know.

He has been respectful of my situation and has taken the time to explain the law in a way that is easily understood.  His forensic and laborious approach to my case and his knowledge of case law has been wonderful.  I appreciate his sound advice and his caring attitude towards me as his client.

“Unity” (NSW)