Nilanka Goonetillake

Nilanka Goonetillake

Senior Associate Melbourne, Australia

Nilanka is a Senior Associate in Melbourne with significant experience assisting employers and employees including senior executives with their most pressing employment law issues. Nilanka has acted in employment law matters both in the public and the private sector.

Nilanka has had experience with large litigation files and class actions with various employment law issues such as sham contracting, underpayments, enterprise agreement coverage, whistle blower protection, breach of contract and anti-discrimination suits. Nilanka has represented dozens of clients in Victorian, ACT and Commonwealth jurisdictions, including the Federal Court, the Supreme Court, the Fair Work Commission and various tribunals. Nilanka is sought out by clients for her technical employment law knowledge, sound legal reasoning and dedication to achieving the best outcomes for her clients.

Nilanka is also dual qualified in Science and Law, and has acted in a number of professional negligence matters including representing clients in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the ACT. Nilanka was key to the successful resolution of a number of these matters.

Work Highlights

  • Representing a large group of employees in a multi-million dollar class action alleging sham contracting, underpayments and accessorial liability leading to a successful resolution.
  • Representing a group of senior executives of a government entity regarding coverage of an enterprise agreement.
  • Jones v University of Canberra & Ors [2016] ACTSC 78: Successfully obtained and maintained an injunction preventing dismissal on behalf of a chief executive officer of a sporting club involving allegations of whistle-blower protection.
  • Successful resolution of a sham contracting claim on behalf of senior government official.
  • WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84: Assisted in the representation of an intervenor on behalf of a large group of claimants disputing casual status of their employment.
  • Successfully represented a corporation to obtain an injunction against an employee to enforce a restraint of trade.
  • Representing an accounting firm against a former employee in a case of breach of contract and successfully resolved the matter.
  • Representing a union in relation to sham contracting and underpayment claim on behalf of approximately 50 claimants.
  • Representing an employee in relation to the coverage of an enterprise agreement and resulting underpayments against a private school.
  • Represented an employer against Fair Work Ombudsman in relation to underpayments and successfully resolved the matter.
  • Advising large groups of employees and workers in relation to entitlements under General Retail Industry Award.