Practice area(s): Employment law services
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): LLB (Hons), BA, Grad Dip (Arts) (Asian Studies)

Michael McIver is a Senior Associate in the Employment and Industrial practice at Maurice Blackburn’s Melbourne office. Michael has excellent written advocacy, negotiation and litigation skills.

“Labour law is an area of law that has a very immediate impact on peoples’ lives. Practising in this area enables me to help workers to achieve better conditions, receive their entitlements and ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect.”

Michael prides himself on helping his clients to litigate as efficiently as possible to achieve a just outcome.


  • Acted for the AEU in Australian Education Union v Victoria [2015] FCA 1196; (2015) 239 FCR 461(the Laptops case) in a $37m underpayment case;
  • Acted for the plaintiff in Torosidis v Department of Education and Training [2019] VSC 93 in a successful judicial review application against a demotion;
  • Acted for the AEU in an underpayment case that was the first proceeding to enforce the Social, Community and Disability Services Industry Equal Remuneration Order 2012 (Australian Education Union v Yooralla (No 2) [2019] FCA 1749 and Australian Education Union v Yooralla [2019] FCA 1511);
  • Acted for AEU member, Ms Stanton-Long, in Stanton-Long v Federation Training [2018] FCCA 2125; Stanton-Long v Federation Training (No 2) [2018] FCCA 3575; Stanton-Long v Federation Training (No 3) [2019] FCCA 337 and obtained penalties of $200,500 against the employer and approximately $56,000 compensation;
  • Acted for a defendant in a restraint of trade matter who successfully resisted his former employer’s claims at first instance (Wallis Nominees (Computing) Pty Ltd v Pickett [2012] VSC 82; 219 IR 244) and on appeal (Wallis Nominees (Computing) Pty Ltd v Pickett [2013] VSCA 24; 45 VR 657). The case is a leading post-employment restraint case in Victoria;
  • Successfully obtained reinstatement of employees through proceedings in the Fair Work Commission and in public sector disciplinary tribunals.


  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Australian Labour Law Association