Michael Kay Wallmans Lawyers Adelaide

Michael Kay


Michael leads our corporate workplace relations and safety practice. The practice has both a litigious and advisory focus. Michael has a significant client base, having acted for some of the largest employers and insurers in South Australia and Australia. 

Michael has been repeatedly recognised in Best Lawyers Australia* for his work and expertise in Labour and Employment Law and Occupational Health and Safety Law. Additionally he is listed in Doyles Guide as a recommended Leading Employment Lawyer and a Leading WHS Lawyer.

Michael provides his corporate and insurer clients with day-to-day advice in relation to all aspects of proactive workplace relations and employment management, including the review and preparation of enterprise agreements, contracts of employment, workplace policies and procedures, and conducting workplace training on a variety of topics.

Michael also provides clients with practical advice and representation on matters of compliance and disputation, and has particular expertise representing employers in relation to all claims arising from the termination of employment, workers compensation, injury management, workplace health and safety,  performance management, social media, redundancies and restructures, workplace surveillance and discrimination.

Additionally, Michael acts for both vendors and purchasers in relation to employment law due diligence arising from mergers and acquisitions. Michael also assists clients with union disputation, including actual or threatened industrial action and/or the negotiation of enterprise agreements.

Michael has a significant background in litigation, having defended claims in most employment related jurisdictions, including but not limited to the Federal Circuit Court, the Federal Court of Australia, the District Court, State Commissions, State Industrial Courts and Workers Compensation Tribunals. Michael has particular expertise defending claims alleging unfair dismissal, breach of general protections, breach of contract, workers compensation, underpayment of wages and discrimination.

Michael has combined degrees in both Laws and Legal Practice (Honours) and Behavioural Science (Organisational Psychology). Active in his field, Michael frequently presents at industry conferences and conducts in-house training for clients across all sectors and in 2018 he was recognised by In Daily as one of South Australia’s most outstanding leaders under the age of forty, in the inaugral (40 under 40 Awards).

Michael is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, the Australian Labour Law Association, the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia, and is a sitting member of the Adelaide University Union Election Tribunal.

Memberships / associations

  • The Law Society of South Australia
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Industrial Relations Society of South Australia
  • Australian Labour Law Association
  • Adelaide University Union Election Tribunal


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