Amaya is a senior associate in Colin Biggers & Paisley's Insurance team, with a practice that predominantly focuses on employment practices liability claims.
Amaya advises clients across a range of industries, including retail, fast food, education, manufacturing, and technology. She regularly appears in a variety of different jurisdictions, including the Federal Court of Australia (including the Full Court of the Federal Court), the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Magistrates' Court, and in tribunals including the Fair Work Commission, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Amaya's experience includes advising and representing employers in relation to unfair dismissal, general protections, anti-bullying claims, discrimination claims, interpretation of instruments, management of complex industrial disputes, and bullying claims. Her focus is providing commercially sensible advice which mitigates risks, and running claims in an efficient and decisive manner.
She has particular experience in disputes within the retail sector, from individual dismissal claims made in the Fair Work Commission to large-scale multiparty litigation in the Federal jurisdiction. The number of claims Amaya has run in this area mean that while she is adept in front-end advisory work (such as drafting materials and technical knowledge), she is also skilled in advocating for clients in mediations, conciliations, interlocutory hearings and other contested appearances. Her approach during pre-trial processes is to be tough, cost-effective and mitigate flow-on risks.
Amaya also has a particular interest in advising within the education sector, including the management of state and federal discrimination complaints brought by parents of students, historical and contemporary abuse claims, performance management of underperforming faculty members and general operational legal advice. Through her work in representing schools, she is well versed in the balancing act of putting forth a strong defence whilst also maintaining the pastoral approach emphasised in a school environment.
Amaya holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.
She was admitted to practice in 2017 and joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2020.