Michael provides practical, commercial and strategic advice for a range of private and public sector clients on industrial relations matters, equal opportunity and discrimination, contracts of employment, disciplinary proceedings, transfers of business, unfair dismissal claims and general protections matters. As an experienced and highly-regarded solicitor advocate, Michael has successfully appeared on behalf of clients before the Federal Court, the Fair Work Commission, the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and disciplinary appeals boards.
Melbourne City Council
Advising and acting for Melbourne City Council in a long running dispute about the appropriate classification of employees under the relevant enterprise agreement. Appeared as advocate in successfully establishing employees had been correctly classified – Grey v Melbourne City Council  FWC 4861.
Department of Education and Training
Advising and acting for the Department of Education and Training in a dispute regarding performance management of a teacher, successfully arguing the Fair Work Commission had no jurisdiction to deal with the dispute – Freeman v State of Victoria (Department of Education and Training)  FWC 212.
Swinburne University of Technology
Advising and acting for Swinburne University of Technology in relation to an unfair dismissal application brought by an employee who had not served the minimum employment period. Successfully argued the employee was not protected from unfair dismissal both at first instance, on appeal – Calleri v Swinburne University of Technology  FWC 2702; Calleri v Swinburne University of Technology  FWC 4207; Calleri v Swinburne University of Technology  FWCFB 4187.
Enterprise agreements and bargaining
Advising and acting for a range of private and public sector clients in relation to enterprise agreements and bargaining, including appearing as advocate in good faith bargaining disputes, scope orders, drafting agreements, acting in a successful application to suspend protected industrial action, bargaining strategy and approval application matters.
General protection claims
Advising and acting for a range of private and public sector clients in relation to general protections claims, including acting in a Federal Court application for urgent injunctive relief.