Michaela completed a Bachelor of International Studies and a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice from Flinders University (SA) and is currently pursuing a Masters of International Law at the University of Sydney (NSW) part-time.
Michaela was admitted to practice as:
- a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of South Australia in August 2015
- a solicitor by the Law Society of Queensland in March 2017; and
- a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia in April 2017.
As a member of our litigation team, Michaela has previously worked in criminal law, compensation law and corporate and commercial law.
Her experience stems from having worked with several non-government organisations including the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, interned South Australia, the Global Poverty Project and Youth Affairs Australia, which relate to global justice and poverty.
Michaela also spent time teaching Criminal Law at Flinders University and tutoring Indigenous law students in Tort at University of Adelaide.
Michaela is passionate about legal practice, litigation and working hard for a just and restorative outcome for her clients.
Her ability to identify issues, think big-picture and strategize process is of little surprise given her journey in law has been to assist those with immediate problems and the less privileged.
Her practice areas are:
- employment law
- criminal law
- international law
- compensation law
Outside of work, Michaela enjoys being a mother to a young family and when time permits, can be found volunteering with Red Cross Australia and the United Nations Association.
Recent Articles and Publications
- General Protections or Unfair Dismissal?
- The Control Test in a Work Relationship
- What do I do with a Minor Debt?
- When is online bullying considered workplace bullying?
- Employment Termination Checklist
- Removal of the Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse: Can the Court still permanently stay a claim?
- Sexual abuse matters, removal of time limitation and the need for consistent evidence: Case Study – Connellan v Murphy 
- Increases to Workplace Health and Safety penalties for Queensland on the horizon
- Provocation and the “Gay Panic” Defence