Meet Michael Coates

Director | Disputes and Litigation

Michael Coates

Disputes and Litigation
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 the retail sector, trade hardware, commercial suppliers, home improvement and office supplies, coal production and export operations and the industrial and engineering sectors.

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

Michael also practices extensively in employment law and workplace disputes. He acts for both employers and employees. He 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
  • Workplace investigations.

Effective, experienced, pragmatic.

Michael advises a number Australia's leading entities and corporates, including some of the country's largest listed companies and employers.
  • Adverse Action matters
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Building Payment Claims and Subcontractor Charges
  • Building and Construction Disputes
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Commercial and Private Lending
  • Competition and Consumer Law
  • Construction Disputes
  • Consumer Loans
  • Contempt
  • Contract Disputes and Enforcements
  • Contracts for Employees and Independent Contractors
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Credit Agreements
  • Debt Recovery
  • Discrimination
  • Dismissals and Redundancy
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employee Dismissals and Redundancy
  • Employment Conditions and Contracts
  • Human Resources Advice
  • Industrial Relations
  • Leasing Disputes
  • Liquidation
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Misuse of Confidential Information
  • Mortgages, Securities and Caveats
  • Personal Property Securities (PPSR)
  • Privacy
  • Professional Negligence
  • Professional Risk and Indemnity
  • Property Disputes
  • Property Litigation
  • Public and Private Liability
  • Receivership
  • Shareholder, Director and Partnership Disputes
  • Trading Terms and Conditions
  • Trusts
  • Voluntary Administration
  • 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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