Amanda spent a number of years working as an employment lawyer before broadening her area of practice to include workplace investigations and consulting to the public and private sector. She also has complementary qualifications and experience in psychology and social welfare. Amanda’s welfare work has included work with the Department of Juvenile Justice (NSW) and work with children at risk in out-of-home care placement services. Amanda has performed investigations for state government departments, advised on reporting obligations to the NSW Ombudsman and Office of the Children’s Guardian and provided recommendations on Working with Children checks that contain notifications.
As a lawyer, Amanda has comprehensive experience of conducting disciplinary investigations, including those dealing with bullying, harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace; serious misconduct; victimisation at work, and claims of adverse action. She is adept at assessing and providing advice on industrial matters in both private and government sectors, including the interpretation, application and development of employee entitlements, performance management and disciplinary policy and procedure. Amanda has the capacity to investigate and address risk management priorities that involve the use of technology. This is particularly relevant when considering allegations of employee fraud, theft of confidential information and intellectual property, or allegations that involve internet, email or social media use.
She has experience working with a range of employers, including small-to-medium enterprise, insurers, multinational corporate and state and federal government agencies, across all industries. Amanda can provide advice about the strategic management of investigations, adverse action claims, terminations and exit strategies, with the objective of minimising employee distress, damage to workplace culture and damage to reputation.
Amanda also advises on director’s duties, conduct and board behaviour and is based in Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast.
Amanda has worked as an employment, industrial and safety lawyer for Clayton Utz, Lander & Rogers and Coleman Greig, and in her own sole practice. Her work included providing services on a number of state and federal government department panels.
- Misconduct investigation of an employee of a department delivering health care and subject to mandatory reporting obligations. At interview, Amanda was able to elicit admissions from the employee of serious misconduct regarding possession of child pornography that had not been made to police.
- Preliminary investigation into complaints of bullying and harassment in the workplace by management of a federal government department, with complex issues including organisational change and a protracted period of both absence and performance management issues.
- Code of conduct investigations for multiple local councils in NSW, involving complex consideration of conflict of interest declarations and obligations where a conflict is perceived to exist.
- Misconduct investigation for state government with two subjects involving issues of privacy, confidentiality and inappropriate conduct of a senior manager toward a subordinate employee.
- Managed the disciplinary investigation and decision-making processes of an investigation that uncovered a conspiracy to provide sensitive company business information to a competitor.
Other relevant projects
Delivery of training presentations and workshops on appropriate workplace behaviour, new workplace policies, conducting workplace investigations and performance. Amanda has also guided employers in BYOD device policy and risk exposure as a result of emerging technology, particularly the theft of intellectual property.
Bachelor of Arts (Social Psychology)
Grad Dip Psychology
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Labour Law & Relations
Certifications and Memberships
Law Society of NSW