Michael Whitbread advises employers on all aspects of Australian employment, industrial and health and safety laws. He represents employers in the resolution of disputes involving the termination of employment, discrimination and sexual harassment claims, industrial disputes, the enforcement of post-employment restraints and confidentiality obligations. He assists clients in responding to work health and safety (WH&S) incidents and audits / investigations instigated by WH&S and environmental regulators. Michael is an experienced advocate and has appeared on behalf of employers in the Fair Work Commission, Australian Federal Courts and Supreme Courts.
Michael also assists clients with sports law related issues and disputes. Between 2011 and 2014 Michael served as a clerk at the Oceania Registry of the Court of Arbitration for Sport where he assisted the Court to arbitrate anti-doping prosecutions, selection disputes and contractual disputes.
In 2016 and 2017, Michael acted as Country Counsel for Boeing in Australia.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales. In 2016, Michael was appointed as a Professional Fellow at the Law School of the University of Technology Sydney where he co-ordinates and lectures an industrial and labour law course.