IEL Elite

Clayton Utz

Highly recommended national practice



Dan Trindade leads Clayton Utzs highly regarded workplace relations and employment team from Melbourne.

Amanda Lyras was promoted to partner on 1 January 2022, bolstering the firms bench strength.

Clients come from a broad array of sectors, including mining, construction, energy, financial services, transport, and manufacturing. In addition, the firm has recognised prowess in supporting government authorities.


The group is expert in acting for clients on the A to Z of workplace issues, from hiring through to discrimination claims and unfair dismissal litigation.

In addition, the firm offers expertise in industrial relations, including in both disputes and in collective bargaining negotiations.

Meanwhile, the firm is well-versed in highly sensitive discrimination and harassment matters.

A notable area of expertise is in whistleblowing. Experts at the firm have advised on new whistleblowing laws and related policies, as well as complaints, investigations, and litigation.

On the health and safety side, the team is adept at assisting with investigations into workplace accidents and in defending clients in related prosecution – as well as advising on risk minimisation.

The team is adept at taking on issues that have the potential to impact large numbers of staff – such as takeovers, M&A, offshoring, and outsourcing.

In addition, the firm has a dedicated knowledge sharing offering through which it delivers workshops to clients, on diverse subjects from the Fair Work Act through to managing absenteeism.

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