Peter Vitale commenced his legal career with an international law firm, becoming a partner in 2002. In 2006, he assisted the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) to establish an associated legal practice, focused on employment law. Peter has also been General Counsel to VECCI. In 2010 Peter has launched his own legal practice.
Peter delivers to his clients the benefit of over 20 years experience practising law in the area of employment and labour relations. He is known for developing close working relationships with his clients and understanding their businesses. In this way, he helps clients achieve longer term and strategic objectives, as well as dealing with the issue immediately at hand. Peter is known for his knowledge and thoroughness.
During his career, Peter has had experience helping clients in a range of industries including the manufacturing, motor vehicle, entertainment, information technology and communications, construction, airline, road transport, food and wine, finance and not for profit sectors.
Peter Vitale has advised his clients on a full range of employment and labour related legal issues. These include:
- Issues arising in an era of significant legislative change, including WorkChoices and the Fair Work Act
- Enterprise bargaining
- Industrial disputes
- Termination of employment
- Redundancy and redeployment
- Employment and labour related litigation in Federal and State courts
- Advocacy in Fair Work Commission, formerly the Australian Industrial Relations Commission
- Equal opportunity and anti discrimination
- Occupational health and safety
- Employment issues in mergers and acquisitions and transfer of business
Examples of Peter’s work:
- Defending anti discrimination and freedom of association claims in the Federal Court of Australia and other courts and tribunals
- Obtaining injunctions and other orders to stop industrial action in the manufacturing, airline and construction industries
- Sale of business and outsourcing transactions which involved the transfer of several hundred employees
- Representing employers in a number of unfair dismissal and unlawful termination claims
- Contract disputes with senior executive employees
- The Cole Royal Commission into the building and construction industry
- Advising and representing employers in relation to underpayment of wages claims and Fair Work Ombudsman litigation
- Secondment from a law firm to the office of the then Victorian state Minister for Industrial relations
On this website and all related business materials, you will see six tightly grouped squares. Each of them represent one of the key principles on which Peter relies in servicing his clients’ needs and running his own business.
- Commitment to ethics
- Honesty and trust
- Seeking and improving knowledge
- Quality and excellence of service
- Practical outcomes for clients
- Understanding clients’ business