Michael Mead


Michael’s extensive experience spans nearly two decades in employment and industrial relations law, with strong expertise within managing industrial disputes, be it through navigating strategic decisions or through litigation where required, alongside all aspects of enterprise bargaining, unfair dismissal, general protections, award interpretation, discrimination and workplace bullying and investigations, makes him a highly sought after member of the team. Michael also supports employers managing compliance, wages and conditions matters with their employees. He appreciates that employers do not set out to incorrectly apply entitlements to their employees and when mistakes are made this can be a difficult period for managements, boards and employees.

Michael’s ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to intricate industrial relations problems, specifically within major national and multinational corporations, speaks volumes about his capabilities. His track record of delivering successful outcomes for high-end clients underscores his ability to navigate complex challenges effectively.  Michael is highly experienced in developing and running cases that have a broad industry impact, including cases that involve applications to vary the underpinning system of regulation that is affecting employers.

Our clients value Michael for his practical, calm and measured advice. Clients identify his keen thinking and ability to distil complex matters quickly to provide strategic and insightful advice as setting him apart.

Michael’s client philosophy is to be regarded as a trusted partner in the decision making and strategic development of their operations – to this end he takes a deep and genuine interest in their aspirations, future horizons and risk appetite to inform his advice.


Recognised as a Recommended Leading Employment Lawyer in  Doyle’s Guide – 2023.