Mike Baldwin

Special Counsel
Safety & Employment

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Commencement Date:
Bachelor of Laws, UNSW (2004)
Master of Industrial Relations, UWA (1993)
Bachelor of Arts, ANU (1986)
Admission Details:
High Court of Australia (2016)
Supreme Court of Western Australia (2013)
Supreme Court of Queensland (2005)
Supreme Court of ACT (2005)
Areas of Expertise:
Employment, Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety (OH&S)

Mike leads Kott Gunning’s Safety & Employment practice. He has over 20 years of experience as a Workplace Relations lawyer and Industrial Relations (IR) professional. Mike has top tier legal and employer association experience in addition to working as in-house counsel for several international resource companies. He gives advice across all aspects of the employment relationship for clients of all sizes and is experienced across multiple industries including construction, mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, education and retail. Mike’s core areas of expertise include:

  • ER/IR project management in large, remote LNG, Mining and Construction projects;
  • Designing and implementing sophisticated industrial relations strategies within unionised and non-unionised environments;
  • Termination of employment (unfair dismissal, general protections, breach of contract and defending stop-bullying applications);
  • Advocacy in industrial tribunals, district and federal courts;
  • Workplace investigations;
  • Award interpretation;
  • Leading enterprise bargaining negotiations;
  • Performance management and HR Business Partnering;
  • Strategic IR (eg Protected Action ballots) and employment advice
  • Management of industrial disputes;
  • Workplace change and restructure;
  • Occupational health and safety; and
  • More recently, the legal aspects of cyber security, including managing personal reputations under new mandatory data breaching reporting laws.
Memberships and Affiliations:
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • IFAP
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