Amanda Lyras

Clayton Utz
Partner Sydney

I have dealt with Amanda Lyras on a number of matters over a number of years. She provides excellent advice and is responsive to our needs and timeframes. She has epitomised professionalism and conducts her work with empathy. I enjoy working with Amanda and am confident with the advice she provides.

– Legal500 Asia-Pacific, Labour and Employment


Amanda is a seasoned expert in employment law, offering comprehensive counsel across the entire employment spectrum. She is focused on getting the best outcomes for her clients and delivering clear and tailored advice that empowers them to make informed decisions on their pressing employment issues, including those involving senior executives, sensitive discrimination and harassment allegations, workplace investigations, ill and injured workers, transfers of business, and the enforcement of post-employment restraints.

As a recognised authority on whistleblowing, Amanda played a key role in shaping the current whistleblowing laws and her expert handling of whistleblower complaints, investigations and litigation allows her clients to comply with laws and achieve best practice, as well as minimise legal and reputational risk.

Notable Work
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia: advised in landmark whistleblowing proceedings under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
  • Concord Golf Club: defended a high profile sex discrimination claim before the Anti-Discrimination Board NSW.
  • Major international beauty company: facilitated the successful exit of a senior executive amidst systemic bullying allegations, ensuring confidentiality and resolution.
  • Clients: guided several clients, including a global automotive company and a multinational technology conglomerate, on the exit of their country managers to achieve mutually acceptable terms of separation.
  • Blackstone: advised on the employment and industrial aspects of its acquisition of Crown Resorts, Blackstone's largest investment in the Asia Pacific and one of Australia's largest take privates.
  • Woolworths: advisory role in the Australian Security and Investments Commission's targeted review of a selection of whistleblower programs to prepare its Report 758 on 'Good practices for handling whistleblower disclosures'.
  • Transfer of business: facilitated smooth employment transitions in Westpac's auto finance sale to Angle Finance and Blackstone's Milestone logistics portfolio sale.
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors: prepared a leading report published by AICD on effectively preventing and responding to sexual harassment, resulting in collaboration with the Attorney-General's office on guidelines for non-disclosure agreements.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia: represented CBA in proceedings brought by the Finance Sector Union alleging breaches of entitlements to tea breaks under successive enterprise agreements.
  • Investment bank: advised on the hiring of key personnel in highly contested circumstances, including navigating complex restraint of trade terms and anticipated litigation.
  • Large professional services firm: advised on various complex and sensitive employee claims alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, race and disability.
  • Technology company: advised on sensitive whistleblower allegations that attracted interest from the media, the Senate and a leading plaintiff law firm.
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