He has considerable expertise developed over 20 years 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 became a partner of the firm in 2000. In 2005, Michael returned to his hometown, Launceston in Tasmania, where he practised law for three years or so 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 principally acts for employers dealing with the disputes arising out of termination of employment, the application of discrimination legislation, and representation in employment tribunals, and advising on workplace investigations.
In workers compensation, Michael has for many years acted for Northern Territory workers with disputed claims. He has, along with Ward Keller Consultant, Markus Spazzapan, Partner Kaliopi Hourdas, and former Ward Keller Partner, ex-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 Law
- Member of the International Commission of Jurists, Victoria