Area of expertise

Michelle Dawson

Partner LLB, BLJS, AssocDegL, Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations

office Newcastle
phone +61 2 4911 5451

Michelle has spent the last 15 years specialising in workplace relations law, becoming renowned for her delivery of practical and outcome-focused advice and representation for her clients.

Michelle’s practice is predominantly in the employment and industrial relations areas and she has significant experience providing advice to clients on all legal aspects of employment, industrial, workplace and anti-discrimination. She has worked with clients across a range of different sectors, including the Victorian Water Sector, conservation and research, not for profit, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, transport and energy.

A highly experienced practitioner with over 23 years’ experience in the legal industry, Michelle joined Moray & Agnew’s Newcastle team as a partner in November 2020.

Outside of her extensive legal knowledge and experience, Michelle’s clients most value her no-nonsense, straight-talking, easy-to-understand, practical and outcome-focused advice and representation.

Michelle’s work to ensure an in depth understanding of her many clients and their industries, competitors, markets, businesses, expectations, reputations, cultures and values enables her to assist her clients by offering solutions and strategies most suited to their overall and broader circumstances and needs.

Michelle prides herself on these significant points of difference by reference to other employment lawyers and her extensive client base of small to medium employers, spanning various States and sectors, is testament to how valuable and important these things are to the business community.

Michelle successfully ran the series of significant 2011/2012 Fair Work Commission, Federal Magistrates Court and Federal Court of Appeal cases in the matter of Frankston City Council v Cugura. The decisions in these cases paved the way in relation to, and are still regularly cited and relied upon in, matters pertaining to the issues of multiple actions (under section 727) and costs (under section 570) of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

Published Articles

The Workplace Wrap: 2020, the year that was

Workplace Directions

For many people 2020 will go down as one of the most difficult years in living memory and most will be…

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Moray & Agnew welcomes Workplace lawyer Michelle Dawson as new partner in Newcastle

Media Release

Highly experienced workplace relations lawyer Michelle Dawson has joined Moray & Agnew’s Newcastle office, bolstering the well-established practice. A skilled practitioner…

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Professional Membership

  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialisation Scheme – Workplace Relations Advisory Committee
  • Law Society of NSW