The Partners

Michael Burke – Founder & Partner

Michael Burke – Founder & Partner

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Law

Diploma of Legal Practice

I made the decision before my first day of work that I wanted to practice exclusively in Criminal Law. That is a decision that I have gladly stood by. It is an area where the increases in complexity of the law are only matched by the increases in available penalties. There is a perception that some areas of Criminal Law are “easy”, such as traffic offences. This could not be further from the truth. Those types of matters can have devastating impacts on people’s lives. I respect the need to ensure that my clients get the best possible advice and representation. That is why I, and the other members of my team, continue to practice exclusively in Criminal Law.

Michael has built his practice on the virtues of integrity and a strong work ethic. Practising with these principles he has built a solid reputation among his peers.

Michael combines his legal skills with his “Country Boy” personality. Michael grew up in the small country town of Nemingha in northern New South Wales. All of his clients are met with a big smile and quickly realise he is not a stereotypical lawyer.


Emma Meade – Founder & Partner

Emma Mead – Founder & Partner

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Law (Honours)

Diploma of Legal Practice

Accredited Specialist Personal Injury Law

Emma started her personal injury law career in Sydney. Emma has practised exclusively in personal injury law since that time and has represented many people who have had the misfortune to be injured in a car accident, at work or in a public place.

Emma is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, appointed through the Law Society of NSW. She is appointed by the NSW Motor Accidents Authority as a Preferred Practitioner to provide legal services to families of brain injured and spinal cord injured children.

Emma is a very experienced lawyer, who has appeared in the District and Supreme Courts and Court of Appeal representing her clients’ interests.

Emma understands the need to communicate with the parents of injured children, as well as the team of specialists, social workers and insurance companies who assist in managing their child’s needs and rehabilitation.

Emma’s compassionate approach to the practise of law means that she strives to help her clients as best she can during what is a very difficult time for them. Emma combines this compassion with skill and experience, and brings to each matter a focus and determination to obtain the best results for her client.

By practising law in this way, Emma has gained an excellent reputation and is well respected by her peers, the insurers and the lawyers who advise them.

After 13 years with a large firm as Partner and Director, Emma joined Merridy and Michael to form a dynamic partnership. Emma brings to Burke Elphick & Mead™ strong leadership skills and many years of litigation experience.


Nicholas Pidcock – Lawyer

Nicholas Pidcock – Partner

Diploma of Law, Diploma of Legal Practice

Nick’s experience in the profession spans some twenty years and includes working in each facet of the law: for the Bar (as a clerk to chambers), for the Bench (as a District Court Judge’s Associate) and as a lawyer.

Nick has focused his skills in commercial litigation and advice, including building and construction disputes, transport law, insurance litigation (including public liability and aviation claims), estate disputes, employment (industrial) disputes and alternative dispute resolution.

Nick has extensive advocacy experience in all jurisdictions including the Supreme, District and Local Courts, Consumer Trader & Tenancy Tribunal and Industrial Relations Commission (both Federal and State).

His non-litigious commercial experience includes all property transactions, acquisitions and disposals of businesses including hotels, commercial and retail lease agreements, the preparation of loan and other security documents, employee agreements and restraints and advices in relation to indemnity, liability and quantum.


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