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Michael Hempsall

Michael Hempsall
Director of Criminal Law

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Michael has represented clients in hundreds of criminal law matters right across the spectrum from fine only offences to those carrying life imprisonment. In each case he brings to bear a wealth of insight into the criminal law process from investigation to prosecution. He has positive relationships with the Police Prosecutors, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Court staff and is regularly able to negotiate favourable terms before a matter reaches a Judicial Officer for determination.

Before joining the Armstrong Legal team Michael worked for many years as a Judge’s Associate at the District Court of NSW and Tipstaff at the Supreme Court of NSW, assisting Judicial Officers in presiding over criminal matters.

Armed with his unique perspective and experience Michael offers his clients genuine understanding and sensitivity, to the point legal advice, and presents a style of advocacy that speaks of his breadth of experience in all jurisdictions.


Michael was very comforting throughout the process. He gave me a realistic view of what I could expect and helped me to understand the process in its entirety.


Michael did a fantastic job and was extremely diligent and thorough resulting in the best outcome possible with my case.


Michael Hempsall is an outstanding legal advisor. He maintained regular communications so that I always felt like his only, or most important client. This provided considerable reassurance in going through a very worrying and stressful situation. Michael demonstrated the experience and skill to get the best possible result. Most importantly, I felt he was really in there batting for me and seeking to achieve the best result possible. And he did. Thank you.


I would just like to say that Mr Michael Hempsall has delivered an incredible performance, showing work ethic, kindness to everyone and he did everything he could during the whole process. He is surely an amazing asset for Armstrong legal and an inspiring person.

I would highly recommend him and Armstrong legal to anyone!


Michael Hempsall had credibility in court as it was obvious that he had the respect of the police prosecutor and the Magistrate. i doubt if I could have found a better advocate.


I wanted to take this opportunity to to acknowledge the outstanding effort and intelligence he applied to my matter . It has made a huge impact on my future. I have no hesitation in recommending Michael and Armstrong Legal to any of my associates in the future.


I would like to sincerely thank you for all that you have done for us. Your expertise and guidance all throughout the last six months was amazing and that is what let us get through the trying times. Everytime I was stressed and depressed, I emailed or called you, you were supportive and gave me good advice. Any communication I had with you gave me hope and a peace of mind.

Seeing you in court on multiple occasions and looking at the other solicitors made me realise that I made the right choice of hiring Armstrong legal and getting you to represent us.

Your calm nature and positive attitude and belief in my son made us get a very positive outcome. You guided us all throughout and responded positively to all my phone calls and emails and for that I thank you. I may have bothered you a lot sometimes by calling constantly or sending multiple emails but you were always very polite and helpful. There is no word to thank you but my blessings will always be with you.


I would like to thank Michael Hempsall for doing a fantastic job on my case and delivering the result we were hoping for. Michael guided me through the whole process ensuring that I understood each step and provided me with sound advice. I would definitely recommend Michael and the team at Armstrong Legal to my friends and family.


Armstrong legal was recommended to me by a colleague and I was told they provide a very professional service and achieve a fair result. The service provided by Armstrong Legal was definitely of high quality and supported my needs. I found it reassuring that the Armstrong Legal team worked collaboratively to resolve my matter. This approach was great because it meant that I had a whole team of experienced solicitors working on my matter. This allowed me to receive the highest level of service possible. Michael was my solicitor, and he was very compassionate during this difficult period in my life.


I did not have any previous experience with the legal system, and being charged with something that I had not done, was very disheartening and brought on a high level of stress. Michael explained everything clearly and communicated what would occur in simple terms so I felt well informed and understood the legal process. Michael was confident in resolving the matter and gave me a clear indication of the results he believed he could achieve, including time-frames and associated costs. He took the time to understand the sensitivities relating to my matter and made me feel comfortable in expressing any concerns that I had.


Michael was patient and understanding, and had high levels of empathy during the matter. He was able to communicate my matter eloquently to the police and achieve the outcome that was fair and within the desired time-frame. I was very pleased with the outcome, and it brought me great sense of relief to experience justice. I have already recommended Michael and Armstrong legal to others. If you are looking for a compassionate, articulate, warm and professional solicitor, who achieves efficient and just results, I definitely recommend Michael Hempsall.


I was very pleased with Michael's services. I would like to say that I spoke to many lawyers, and some with many more years of experience than Michael, however, I found Michael to be the most confident, articulate and professional - hence my decision to go ahead with him. He is an excellent solicitor and I cannot thank him enough for his excellent services. I would also like to thank Armstrong legal for your high levels of professionalism.


I found Michael very professional in his approach to my matter.


Michael was highly professional and kept me up to date throughout the case. I am very happy with the result.


I have prayed every single day and night since my family had trouble. There's no word to describe how much I appreciate Michael. You really saved my family. Thank you so much Michael!


Just a quick note to thank you both for your efforts on my behalf. It was great to be treated with respect, kindness and professionalism throughout and while I’m sure lawyers don’t always like repeat business, I’ll see who or what I can send your way. Thanks again, we’re a very grateful family.


Michael Hempsall was such a great lawyer, without him and my result in court, my life would be very difficult. He got me out of a horrible situation and I would highly recommend him and Armstrong Legal to anyone needing assistance.


I recommend Armstrong Legal to anyone requiring legal advice or representation. The service provided was excellent and the outcome of my case could not have been better. Michael Hemspsall acted as my solicitor and did not just go through the motions at my hearing but over and above by taking every opportunity available to him to defend me and present information in a very concise manner. Thankyou!


Very happy client. Michael was engaged, committed, diligent and caring throughout the entire process. Would not hesitate to recommend him and your firm.


I would like to just thank you again for everything you did on Monday. It was a day that had brought so much stress and tension, and your patience brought a whole calmness to the situation that wouldn't have been there otherwise. The outcome was such a surprise and I am so appreciative of the way you handled everything and the sincere nature you have compared to all other solicitors in the room. It was really obvious the difference you made. Thank you, I've never felt to relieved and been so grateful.


A big thank you to Michael. I could not have got the result I got without him. He believed in me the whole time and explained the other possible outcomes, which could have been very serious and affected my life. Everything he told me made sense and was explained clearly. Thank you again.


Michael was delightful from the first meeting to the final outcome. He put me at ease and made me feel confident in his hands. It had been a very humbling and humiliating experience being charged with low range DUI but Michael never made me feel less.

I will definitely be recommending Michael to whomever I know needs a lawyer. He was recommended to me by a barrister in Sydney. It was a great recommendation, regardless of the outcome of the court's decision. Thank you.


Michael did a wonderful job and I will be referring people who require his services.


Very happy with the professionalism and support Michael gave us.


I'm very happy with the service provided by Michael, the result was a lot better than I expected.


The prompt feed back was very much appreciated. Michael was very helpful and realistic of the out come at all times. His manner was professional yet approachable and very easy to talk to, he did a great job!


The service was better than I expected. The advice on what to expect was made clear from the beginning and I was always kept informed and treated with respect. I would recommend Armstrong Legal to others and tell them to request Michael for representation.


I was very happy with Michael, he was approachable and level headed.


The result was indeed the best and was definitely due to your skill, knowledge, diligence and ability (and of course some other "lucky" consequences) down to the tiniest detail even such actions as allowing another (lady) lawyer to proceed before you in court, and your presentation, manner and preparation ... I can only say was "excellent" and to me very impressing (that is in its own standing but even more so apparent when compared to some of the others we witnessed on the day).


Michael was the first solicitor I met with, and after another couple of months of searching prior to my case, was on whom I settled. The other lawyers I consulted throughout my search for the best possible representation only managed to bolster the feeling that Michael was the best I could get, and I was proven right when against all odds he achieved the outcome I had been desperately hoping for.

His upfront and honest appraisal of my case and the possible outcomes, the work he did in instructing me and preparing my case, and his calm and professional demeanour in the courtroom cannot be praised highly enough. Michael always made himself available for consultation, was very approachable, and always open and frank with his answers. All of my expectations were exceeded.

Together we achieved what others claimed to be extremely unlikely or impossible, and I would recommend Michael to anyone who is concerned about the outcome of their case. He is truly diligent in his work and has an intuitive knack for working with people, in and out of the courtroom. Thank you Michael, and best wishes."


Very professional handling of my case from the outset. Michael answered all my questions, pre-empting a lot of them in fact! I felt immediately happy that I was in the hands of experts and, regardless of how things turned out, I would be happy to reccomend your services to others. The fact that we got the result we were looking for was a huge bonus, and no doubt down to Michael's meticulous preparation.


My experience with Armstrong Legal and in particular solicitor Michael Hempsall was overwhelming positive. Aside from Michael and my team obtaining the judgement I sought, Michael also provided me with outstanding professional service making a hard experience more manageable. He always conveyed a strong interest in my case, acted very professionally, managed my expectations and provided me with astute advice making me feel reassured and comfortable at all times. I also appreciate Armstrong recommending Rob Sutherland to represent me in court, who's skill and experience helped me obtain the brilliant outcome which has made a huge difference to my life. Thank you for all your hard work on my case.


I want to say thanks to you for listening to me patiently, giving me best possible advice and result. I was very confident after the first conference with you that I am in safe hands and will be represented in court with confidence and professional ability.


I was referred to Michael by my sister in law. From what she had told me I had no hesitation in using Michael for my legal issue. From my first appointment and meeting with Michael he was very accommodating, understanding and showed empathy towards me in a very stressful situation. Michael was open to discussion at any time, he was very approachable, and stood by his word. In summary a very honest, trustworthy and extremely reliable solicitor, who I would certainly recommend to anyone I know looking for a great solicitor.


If you are reading this you have probably found yourself, as I did, on the wrong side of the law. You are probably experiencing a high level of anxiety and stress, as I did. Now you find yourself looking for a lawyer.

I was in the same situation, and I can say it was the most stressful experience of my life. As I frantically looked for a lawyer, I found Armstrong Legal and consequently Michael. Michael was not the first lawyer who I had a meeting with; in fact I probably met the majority of criminal lawyers in Sydney you have already looked at. However, as soon as I sat down in Michael’s office and he calmly and professionally talked me through the situation I realised I had found a lawyer that put me in safe hands.

I cannot recommend him highly enough. Do not let his youthful looks dissuade you, he knows and understands the law as well as any. On my court date he was first to arrive before any other lawyer and thoroughly prepped. As a consequence, he was able to secure me the best possible outcome for what I had been charged with. I was thoroughly shocked and delighted with the sentence I received as a consequence of Michael’s performance in the courtroom.


I would like to thank Michael for his hard work over the duration of my case. He showed a vast amount of knowledge and expertise which certainly assisted in providing the positive outcome to my matter. I would highly recommend himself and the team of Armstrong Legal. I am very happy with the final result.


Michael, thank you for representing me. You did a wonderful job and I was very pleased with the outcome. In the instance that people I know get themselves in similar situations I would be more than happy to refer them to you.


Michael honestly I don't know how to thank you. You have helped me so much with this matter and I am so grateful that I contacted you. Ever since I walked into your office I felt comfortable to speak to you.

I just wanted to thank you again for representing me in court and especially the great job you did for me. I was very surprised and pleased with the result.

You were very professional with your statements in and out of court. I would definitely recommend your services to anyone who might need assistance in the future.


Just a big thanks to Michael and the team at Armstrong Legal. I Appreciate your time, effort and friendliness. Outstanding!


Michael is a fine young man with a very positive attitude. He did all I expected of him, helped me to relax at Court and most importantly, got the outcome I was hoping for. I wish him all the very best in his job.


Another day in the life of a Sydney criminal lawyer but the first day for a few weeks in our household without a dark cloud hanging over us. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your professionalism and efforts yesterday. What a wonderful result. You are a star. In my son's words you were " ........ awesome!"


I would like to thank Michael Hempsall for his professional approach and respect in dealing with my matter. I was extremely comfortable and confident in the approach that was taken. I would recommend Michael and Armstrong Legal.


A big thank you again to Armstrong Legal who has represented me twice and have recieved positive outcomes. Highly recommend them! Great service and people. Thank you again Micheal Hempsall for representing me.


I'm thrilled with the result and the professional manner in which you handled my case. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Armstrong and/or Michael in future.


Once again, I sincerely appreciate the level of professionalism that you've displayed throughout my experience in obtaining your services. The communication and follow up has been extraordinary - one of the best experiences, albeit not under the best of circumstances, I've ever had.


Thank you once again to Michael Hempsall, for your help and assistance with my matter. I am 100% satisifed with the service I received and the successful outcome of my matter. At all times Michael was professional, informative and honest with me as to what my outcome could potentially be and I was totally confident in his ability to attend to my matter. I would not hesitate to reccomend Michael Hempsall and Armstrong Legal.



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