Criminal defence lawyers to support you in Cairns

When things go wrong, we are the people you want by your side: a team you can trust, with real experience and results. We will provide expertise, guidance and support. But more importantly, we believe in justice and fairness and will go above and beyond to fight for you.

If you are about to be questioned by police, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities. Michael Finch and the team at Fisher Dore Lawyers provide assistance, advice and representation at every stage of the criminal process. Michael Finch is our Cairns Senior Associate and is an Accredited Specialist (Criminal Law) Qld – an expertise level held by only the top 5% of lawyers. Our firm is an award-winning criminal defence firm, including ranking as a First Tier Criminal Defence Firm in Queensland for the last five years.



Charged with a criminal offence?

If you are charged with a criminal offence you need a lawyer with expertise, experience and results to help you. We represent clients charged with criminal offences every day. Whether it’s traffic and drink driving, assault and violence, drug possession or a weapons offence, or if you need a cyber-crime, misconduct or fraud lawyer in Cairns, our team can help.

If you need help understanding your rights, are about to be questioned by police, or have already been charged, call us immediately on 07 4281 6305 or after hours 0431 871 560.

From police questioning and bail applications, to court hearings, trials, sentencing, appeals and parole – we will stand by your side.


Suite 203
36 Abbott Street
Cairns Queensland 4870

Call  07 4281 6305

Call after hours  0431 871 560 (after hours)


Led by trusted Cairns local, Michael Finch

Hand-picked to lead the Cairns office by Managing Principal Nick Dore – recognised Australia-wide as a prominent criminal lawyer – Michael is a senior associate specialising in criminal law. Michael received his specialist accreditation in criminal defence with the Queensland Law Society, incredibly he’s the only criminal defence lawyer in North Queensland with this achievement. Michael has an enviable record of resolving Magistrates Court matters early due to his negotiation skills, sparing his clients the cost and anguish of a trial.

“Michael’s aim is to ensure his clients receive a fair and just outcome rather than their liberty or livelihood being jeopardised unnecessarily. He fosters positive relationships within the legal community for the benefit of clients and prioritises ethical practice above all else.” – Nick Dore

Michael grew up in Cairns and on the Atherton Tablelands. He spent the first 10 years of his working life in the Brisbane building industry, before making a career change and studying law. Now a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Criminal Defence, his law career began in 2013 when he took a role with the ATSILS Office in Mount Isa. Over the next few years, he gained experience across the region, from Roma and Cunnamulla to Burketown and Mornington Island. Michael studied further and completed his Masters of Laws in Brisbane. However Cairns had always been home to Michael, so in 2018 he returned to share his expertise with the Cairns community.

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Michael Finch represented me in three concurrent criminal matters in 2019. He was constantly across all aspects of my case and responded promptly and professionally to any and all of my queries. In the end, through Michael’s representation and the strategies he employed, all matters were dismissed. I cannot recommend Michael highly enough.

Andrew - Google Review

If you are looking for legal representation, I would strongly advise the services of Michael Finch, knowing you will be given the strongest representation possible in your defense.

Matt - Google Review

Michael Finch is a very experienced, highly skilled and measured lawyer. Michael has strong professional connections within the Cairns legal community and is highly respected.

Kirstiana - Google Review

I have used Michael Finch for a couple of cases and have always found him compassionate and professional. I would recommend him in a heart beat to anyone looking for someone who has your best interests at heart.

Zoe - Google Review

I found Michael Finch to be both very personable and professional in every aspect of his work. I felt confident my matter was in the safest of hands, and Michael was pro-active in sorting the matter. Michael has my highest recommendations.

Michael - Google Review

Michael Finch exceeded my expectations in legal services. He listens, he understands and he achieves positive results. I would highly recommend getting in touch with Michael Finch to help get you through legal challenges.

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I paid you for your knowledge, experience and professional competence. But in addition I got your kindness, compassion and respect. Much appreciated. It helped me a lot. Thanks.


Fisher Dore Lawyers have to be the best criminal lawyers in Queensland.


Great law firm. Technically brilliant, and focused on achieving the outcome that the client wants... and achieving it as quickly as possible.

Josh - Facebook Review

Michael O’Brien is simply the best guy you can have alongside. The team at Fisher Dore is absolutely outstanding!

Ray - Facebook Review
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Excellent representation - solid advice - great outcome.

Michael - Google Review
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Highly recommended. Real people. Respectful.

Sylvia - Google Review
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I’ve prosecuted against Nick Dore and I’m a fan of his work. If I ever needed a Defence solicitor in my corner, I’d choose him... what can I say, the man is brilliant.

Acts1power - Google Review
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Fisher Dore are Brisbane’s best law firm. Honest, genuine and (most importantly) competent lawyers who will help you achieve justice. I give them 10/10.

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Long term professional association. Established credibility and integrity. A pleasure to be involved in multidisciplinary team work in benefitting clients.

Alec - Google Review
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The only law firm I trust!

Kimberley - Google Review
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Friendly and professional. Highly recommend the team. Approachable and non-judgemental with a passion and extensive knowledge of what they do.

Rachael - Google Review
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This firm was so easy to talk to, compassionate, reliable and 100% hardworking. Thanks so much.

Mich - Google Review

We can't express how grateful we are for all your kindness, support and generosity during this difficult time. With sincere thanks.

Thank you Fisher Dore for all you have done to release the burden we have been living with...well done.

Just want to say thank you for all your help and effort you have put in. You go above and beyond. I appreciate everything you and your team have done for me in helping better my life!

Thanks again…for going above and beyond what I could have ever imagined. I am so grateful I can now get on the right track and move forward with my life.

Thank-you for all the hard work you have put into my case and your continued support throughout the last few months. I appreciate everything you have done for me.

Thank you for fighting for me and for doing such a great job. Please pass on my gratitude to the team.

Sean Gibbs provided an amazing service at an affordable rate. My matter was a very complex criminal proceeding lasting 16 months. I could not be any happier with the results. I strongly recommend Sean Gibbs from Fisher Dore to anyone facing criminal charges.

I can't tell you how grateful I am for this and how much weight you have taken off of my shoulders.

After talking to Fisher Dore Lawyers, I felt like an enormous weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

Thank you so much for all of your hard work . I truly appreciate everything you have done. I owe my freedom to you. Thank you!

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11/10 These guys go beyond measures to make sure you know the ins and outs of everything. Couldn't thank or recommend enough.

Kyle - Facebook Review

Thank you for your compassion, dedication and hard work throughout this difficult time. This has been life changing for me and I can't imagine how I would have got through this without your support, professionalism and expertise. I'm so grateful for your efforts and the great work you did on my behalf. Thanks again for going above and beyond, and doing everything you could to win my case.

I just wanted to put into writing, just how profoundly grateful I am for the sound advice & skilful representation you provided. The outcome you secured for me was better than I could have dared to wish for. I owe you a debt of gratitude.

I just wanted to say thank you very much for your handling of my case. I am very pleased with the outcome as well as your professionalism in communication and encouragement in my difficult time. Once again, thank you very much.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for us and in particular, the compassion and empathy you showed throughout this entire process. We will never forget the sterling job you did for us from the moment we first engaged with you. It is a credit to you and the team at Fisher Dore to have reached such a positive outcome in such unusual circumstances and one to be commended. I cannot express just how important your legal assistance and guidance has been. Without it, I fear the outcome wouldn’t have been as favourable as it was and for this, I am forever in your debt.

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Strongly recommend if you would like the best chance at freedom.

Alex - Google Review
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Excellent! I would highly recommend Sam, she was amazing.

Emma - Google Review
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Fisher Dore achieved a positive outcome and advised us at every step what was happening and how we should behave or what to do to achieve this outcome. Our criminal lawyer was fantastic and we would recommend both him and Fisher Dore to anyone who needed help. Thanks so very much.

Jo - Google Review
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Exceptional service and justice was served. Thank you!

Martin - Google Review
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I found Michael Finch to be both very personable and professional in every aspect of his work. I felt confident my matter was in the safest of hands, and Michael was pro-active in sorting the matter. Michael has my highest recommendations.

Michael - Google Review
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Thank you to the wonderful and professional team at Fisher Dore Lawyers. The experience you brought to the table was nothing but excellent, achieving an amazing result.

Andrew - Google Review
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They changed my life. Without this firm and their amazing team, I don't know where I'd be!

Dwayne - Google Review
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When you want the best this is the number you call. They do it right the first time. Thanks Nick.

Dale - Google Review
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We had a very positive experience with Sam and would highly recommend her services. She was extremely helpful and personable throughout the process. We felt supported and confident we were in the best possible hands at all times.

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