Michael Grove


Michael Grove looks after the firm’s litigation practice.

He has considerable expertise developed over 3 decades of legal practice primarily in the areas of workers compensation, employment law and complex litigation (predominantly in regulatory compliance and government decision-making).

Michael began his legal career in 1994 as a barrister in Victoria. Two years later he moved to Darwin with his partner, Brenda, and joined Ward Keller. He was made a partner of the firm in 2000. In 2005, Michael returned to his hometown, Launceston in Tasmania, where he practised law for three years before re-joining Ward Keller.

In regulatory compliance and government decision-making, Michael assists his clients in government law regarding employment, revenue, workplace health and safety and environmental regulation.

In employment law, Michael advises on employment contracts, disputes arising out of termination of employment, the application of discrimination legislation, advising on workplace investigations, and provides representation for his clients in employment tribunals.

In workers compensation, Michael has for many years acted for Northern Territory workers with disputed claims. He has, along with former Ward Keller consultant, Markus Spazzapan, and former Ward Keller partner, now acting Local Court Judge, John Neill, been at the forefront of workers compensation law in the Northern Territory.

Areas of Law

  • Workers compensation
  • Employment law
  • Government law
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Liquor licensing

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Tasmania
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours, 1st class), Griffith University
  • Admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria (1993), Northern Territory (1996), Tasmania (2005) and New Zealand (2009)
  • Cost Assessor (NT)
  • Member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance
  • Member of the Australian
    Institute of Administrative

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