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Steven Amendola

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Mr. Amendola is a workplace relations and employment lawyer who is widely recognized as one Australia's leading practitioners in industrial relations and litigation, and is renowned for his strategic dispute resolution work. His ability in all aspects of employment law and ability to think strategically enables clients to avoid costly and lengthy disputes whilst effectively managing workplace incidents and investigations.

Mr. Amendola acts for both Commonwealth Government and private sector clients in a range of industry sectors and has been involved in a number of high profile issues such as the national waterfront dispute and test cases relating to issues such as right of entry, bargaining fees, and industrial action. His vast experience offers a particular focus on assisting clients with the enforcement provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009, key provisions dealing with collective agreement making, the freedom of association provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 and various discrimination issues.

A highly experienced litigator, Mr. Amendola has handled a number of cases in a range of tribunals and courts, including the Federal Courts. Mr Amendola is held in high regard by market commentators who acknowledge him as one of the "big names in the market" and as someone who has an excellent track record (Chambers Asia Pacific 2017).

Mr. Amendola is recognized as a leading individual by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2019), Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2016/2017) and Doyles Guide (2017).

Mr. Amendola is also  ranked as one of Australia's leading lawyers in Labour and Employment Law by Best Lawyers 2019, a widely respected peer review publication in the legal profession.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Amendola was a partner at a leading international law firm.


Mr. Amendola has been ranked as one of Australia's leading labour and employment lawyers by:

  • Chambers Asia Pacific
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500
  • Doyle's Guide

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Industrial Relations Society of Victoria, member
  • Law Institute of Victoria, member
  • Law Council, member
Experience gained prior to joining K&L Gates includes:
  • Minister for Employment: Represented the Minister for Employment in an application by the CPSU for bargaining orders against her personally.
  • Commonwealth Government: Represented the Commonwealth intervening in the CFA dispute.
  • Nicole Peck: Represented Nicole Peck in defending an application by the Just Group of Companies to enforce a restraint of trade. The restraint was found to be unenforceable by the Supreme Court of Victoria both at first instance and on appeal.
  • Commonwealth Government: Represented the Commonwealth in the Waterfront dispute.
  • State of Victoria: Represented the State of Victoria in proceedings instituted by the CFMEU in respect of its Implementation Guidelines to the Victorian Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry.
  • Western Australia Government: Retained by the Western Australian Government in 2009 to conduct a review into the Western Australian industrial relations system.
  • Thiess: Represented the Joint Venture building the Victorian Desalination Plant, and on other Thiess projects in Victoria
  • CIMIC: Represented the CIMIC group of companies in the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption