Michael Coates

Michael Coates

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Michael is a Director of Bennett & Philp Lawyers and a key member in the Commercial Litigation team. His focus is on the early resolution of disputes for clients, avoiding the high cost and time involved in litigation proceedings.

Michael advises a number Australia's leading entities and corporates, including some of the country's largest listed companies and employers who hold diverse business interests spanning supermarkets, department stores, trade hardware, home improvement and office supplies, coal production and export operations, chemicals, energy and fertilisers and industrial and safety products.

With particular expertise in respect of secured debts, Michael advises and acts for insolvency practitioners and has a very strong practice in debt recovery, contractual disputes and insolvency matters.  

Michael also practices in employment law and workplace disputes. He acts for both employers and employees. He provides workplace “health checks” and provides advice to clients across a range of employment and industrial relations issues, including:

  • Contract preparation for employees and independent contractors;
  • Workplace policies, procedures and manuals;
  • Dismissals and redundancies;
  • Human resources advice;
  • Workplace disputes;
  • Discrimination, bullying and harassment;
  • Restraint of trade;
  • Workplace investigations, and
  • Workplace accidents and catastrophic claims.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) | University of Queensland
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) | University of Queensland
Queensland Law Society
2002 Supreme Court of Queensland
2002 High Court of Australia
Related Services: 
Commercial and Private Lending
Contract - Disputes and Enforcement
Corporate Insolvency
Bankruptcy and Personal Debts
Mortgages, Securities and Caveats
Personal Property Securities (PPSR)
Competition and Consumer Law
Trading Terms and Conditions
Mortgage and Other Security Enforcement
Consumer Loans
Workplace Documentation
Contracts for Employees and Independent Contractors
Workplace Disputes
Human Resources Advice
Credit Agreements
Credit Agreements and Trading Terms & Conditions
Dismissals and Redundancy
Employment Conditions and Contracts
Adverse Action
Bullying and Harassment
Workplace Law
Professional Risk and Indemnity
Public and Private Liability
Industrial Relations