Dan Trindade

Clayton Utz
Partner Melbourne

Dan is very practically minded and provides strong service on complex litigious matters. He has a strong team around him.

–Chambers Asia Pacific, Employment - Victoria


Dan specialises in complex employment and industrial relations litigation, partnering with his clients to plan and deliver on their goals. He holds extensive experience managing industrial disputes and employment issues across the regulatory, energy and resources, transport, aviation, healthcare, emergency services and construction sectors.

Dan regularly acts for large corporate clients and State and Federal Government departments and agencies with significant experience in managing large scale disputes involving multiple parties while ensuring that clients' strategic and commercial objectives are met.

Dan is the National Practice Group Leader of the Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety team.

Notable Work
  • Fair Work Ombudsman: acted in relation to a significant investigation of Coles Group in respect of alleged underpayments of salaried managers in Coles' supermarkets business in excess of $100 million.
  • Victorian Health Services: advising multiple health services in the defence of multiple class action proceedings commenced in the Federal Court in relation to alleged unpaid un-rostered overtime said to be owed to junior doctors.
  • Victoria Police: trusted counsel since 2014, including advising on a wide range of employment litigation, disputes and grievances, enterprise bargaining, and equal opportunity matters.
  • ExxonMobil: principal advisor since 2014 in respect of enterprise bargaining negotiations and associated industrial disputation and proceedings.
  • Various international companies: acting in respect of Australian based employment matters including Supreme Court and Federal Court litigation.
  • Royal Automobile Club of Victoria: representing in all of its employment related litigation and providing strategic industrial relations advice in respect of workplace strategy, planning, enterprise bargaining, and related disputes.
  • Enterprise bargaining negotiations: Conducted large enterprise bargaining negotiations and advised on industrial stategy for a range of large Australian and overseas corporations, including Air New Zealand, Telstra, Jacobs Group Spotless Group and RACV.
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency: Acted as the principal advisor on enterprise bargaining for agreements covering Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency employees in each State and the National office, including advising on constitutional coverage and State related issues.
  • Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner: lead employment law advisor, advising on a range of employment law issues.
  • Statutory authority: acted across a large number of complex cases including investigations, general protections, employment disputes and bullying, discrimination and harassment claims.
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