Michael Lillas is the persona and driving force of the company. Prior to commencing his studies in Law at the Tasmanian University he had a wide experience in the working world as a jackaroo, cane cutter bank clerk and apprentice carpenter. Medical conditions persuaded him to study and he returned to school at the age of 21 to complete his matriculation gaining a commonwealth scholarship which enabled him to study Law. His father Frank Lillas was a legal practitioner for 39 years, and they worked together for fifteen years. During articles in the Tasmanian Crown Law Department Michael was encouraged to digest the cases of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and become a law reporter of the Tasmanian Law Reports, he has continued in these activities for over forty years. The company has been in existence since 1986 and has been producing a digest of the Tasmanian Supreme Court Judgments and other legal publications written by Michael and others since its inception. The publications of the company have focused mainly on criminal law and the law of Evidence.
Michael Lillas is the oldest of a family of six boys. All of whom have tertiary qualifications from the University of Tasmania. Michael matriculated as a mature aged student at Devonport High School where he topped the class in Economics. He attended the Tasmanian University for four years obtaining an LLB then graduated from the Legal Practice Course commencing articles in the Crown law department. After admission as a barrister and solicitor in the fused profession of Tasmania he commenced work on the North West Coast of Tasmania in Burnie where he worked for twenty six years practicing in a very wide area of the law. Writing law reports and digesting cases of the Supreme Court of Tasmania became one of his passions which continue to this day. The aim of the company and its members is to continue to produce works and analysis of those areas of law which do not get coverage by other publishers. The pre-trial aspect of criminal law with an emphasis on the prosecutional duty to be fair will be maintained on this site as cases on the subject are published by the Courts. A work on confiscation of the proceeds of crime has been commenced and articles and information will be made available on our site as time goes by. Michael has four adult children. He presently lives in Brisbane Queensland and holds a full practicing certificate practicing mainly in the fields of criminal law taxation estates and family law.