Meet Michael Coates

Director | Intellectual Property & Industrial Relations

Michael Coates

Director | Intellectual Property & Industrial Relations

Michael is a Director of Bennett & Philp Lawyers and a key member in the Intellectual Property team. His focus is on endeavouring to resolve disputes for clients at an early stage, avoiding the high cost and time involved in litigation proceedings.

Michael has worked with Tony Bennett in intellectual property matters since Michael started at Bennett & Philp in 2000.  Michael has practiced extensively in both the Federal and State Courts in disputes concerning patent, trademark, misleading or deceptive conduct, copyright and registered designs as well as in other large scale commercial litigation matters.

Michael takes a pragmatic approach to disputes so as to quickly identify the key issues and pressure points so as to bring the dispute to an end as soon as possible.

Michael also practices extensively in industrial relations law and workplace disputes, establishing Bennett & Philp’s employment law practice.  Michael’s experience in industrial relations law is particularly valuable in intellectual property matters involving confidential information and restraints.  Michael 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 and breach of confidence; and
  • Workplace investigations.

Effective, experienced, pragmatic.

Michael brings a pragmatic, results-oriented approach to his work aimed at reducing his clients' time and expense spent dealing with disputes.
  • Adverse Action Matters
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Competition and Consumer Law
  • Contract Disputes and Enforcements
  • Contracts for Employees and Independent Contractors
  • Copyright
  • Credit Agreements
  • Designs
  • Discrimination
  • Dismissals and Redundancy
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employee Dismissals and Redundancy
  • Employment Conditions and Contracts
  • Human Resources Advice
  • Industrial Relations
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Liquidation and Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Misleading or Deceptive Conduct and Passing Off
  • Misuse of Confidential Information
  • Patents
  • Privacy
  • Disputes
  • Trade Marks
  • Trading Terms and Conditions
  • Workplace Disputes
  • Workplace Documentation
  • Workplace Discrimination


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

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Publications by Michael

04 March 2019 Publications

Who Owns the Recipes, the Restaurant or the Chef?

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07 August 2018 Publications

Concerns Mount for Ignored Recall of Faulty Airbags

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13 June 2018 News & Media

Employers Should Prepare for Tough New Laws to Pay Staff if Business Fails

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