Michael Kay Wallmans Lawyers Adelaide

Michael Kay


Michael heads our specialist workplace relations, employment and safety practice. The practice has both a litigious and advisory focus. Michael has a significant client base, acting for employers in both the public and private sectors across Australia and internationally. 

As a result of his significant expertise, Michael has been individually recognised in both Best Lawyers of Australia for his work and expertise in 'Labour and Employment Law' and in Doyle's Guide as a recommended 'Leading Employment Lawyer'.

Michael provides clients with day-to-day advice in relation to all aspects of workplace relations and employment management, including the review or preparation of enterprise agreements, contracts of employment and workplace policies and procedures. Michael also provides clients with practical advice and representation in relation to work health and safety, performance management, workplace surveillance, redundancies, workers’ compensation, social media, discrimination and claims relating to termination of employment. 

Michael acts for both vendors and purchasers in relation to employment law due diligence arising from mergers and acquisitions. Michael 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 both prosecuted and (mostly) defended claims in most jurisdictions. Michael has particular expertise in defending claims alleging breach of contract, unfair dismissal, adverse action and discrimination. 

Active in his field, Michael frequently presents at industry conferences and conducts in-house training for clients across all sectors.

Michael has degrees in both Laws and Legal Practice (Honours) and Behavioural Science (Organisational Psychology).

Michael is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia, the Australian Labour Law Association 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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