Dan Trindade has returned to Clayton Utz as a partner after successfully founding a leading boutique workplace relations law practice and also working as in-house counsel for Air New Zealand - Ansett Australia and Telstra.
Dan has extensive experience in all facets of workplace relations and employment law with particular emphasis on enterprise bargaining, workplace strategy, industrial disputation and employment litigation. He has advised some of Australia's largest corporations on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.
Dan has significant in-depth experience of the commercial and operational realities that impact upon workplace relations and employment issues and provides advice, assistance and representation with an emphasis on the commercial and operational objectives of his clients.
Dan is also an experienced advocate, appearing regularly for clients in courts and tribunals. He is a presenter of seminars and training for areas such as equal opportunity and grievance management.
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- Chambers Asia Pacific: ranked as a leading lawyer in Employment (2021-2022)
Is a well-regarded figure in the Victorian market for his industrial relations and enterprise bargaining dispute experience. One client commented: He understands the business and gives targeted, strategic advice. He provides good turnaround in a timely manner."
- Best Lawyers Australia: voted by peers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in
- Labour and Employment Law (2018-2023)
Bachelor of Arts. Monash University (1996)
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Monash University (1996)
admitted to practice
High Court of Australia (1997)
Law Institute of Victoria
Australian Labour Lawyers Association
Industrial Relations Society of Victoria
Essendon District Football League Appeals Board
Dan has conducted presentations and seminars for major employers as well as presenting at external seminars. He has conducted training on Equal Opportunity, Grievance Management, Redundancy and Retrenchment, Performance and Conduct Management, Freedom of Association, Transmission of Business and Outsourcing.
Dan recently conducted a major grievance management / EEO training program for a large management team across all Australian States and Territories.
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Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety
While Dan has been involved in many significant projects and issues for major employers, some of his recent key experience has been with:
Spotless Group: advising and assisting the Spotless Group, a major national employer with over 40,000 employees, with its workplace relations strategy. Dan has advised the Spotless Group since 2003 and helped it implement enterprise bargaining, restructuring and change management throughout a number of difficult times including the Global Financial Crisis. Dan has also represented the Spotless Group in courts and tribunals across all Australian States and Territories.
Air New Zealand: acting as the principal adviser on workplace relations for Air New Zealand’s Australian Operations since 2002, including negotiated each of Air New Zealand’s enterprise agreements during the ongoing turbulent times for global aviation.
Award modernisation: representing the non-Qantas regional airlines in the award modernisation process for the airline industry, including leading a number of key submissions from employers in relation to keeping the cost base of labour in regional aviation at sustainable levels. Dan also represented the Spotless Group in the award modernisation process for the Cleaning, Hospitality and Laundry industries.
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