Amanda Banton

Managing Director

Amanda Banton is one of Australia’s leading litigators, having worked in some of the most complex litigation in Australia.  She and her team have achieved almost half a billion dollars in recoveries for clients.

Amanda leads one of the largest private practices in Australia, including 17 professional staff.  Her practice encompasses some of Australia’s largest insolvencies and class actions, along with corporate and commercial litigation and advisory work.

Key insolvencies include Lehman Brothers Australia Limited, Forge Group Limited, Arrium, Heavy Plant Leasing, LM First Mortgage Income Fund, City Pacific and Equititrust, among others.

She has led numerous multimillion-dollar disputes in the Federal and High Court of Australia, including against a global investment bank and prominent rating agency (the only litigation in the world which has secured judgment against a global credit rating agency).  

Amanda is results focused and ensures that she plays an active role in all litigation.  She is well respected for her ability to be across the detail whilst also being a great strategic thinker, having executed groundbreaking cases in which new precedents have been developed.  

The Chambers and Partners Guide 2020 quotes that in respect of dispute resolution in Australia, Amanda Banton maintains her position as one of the most immediately recognisable names where the representation of class action plaintiffs is concerned. One client characterises her as a “very personable, very direct, good communicator” while another simply observes: “She’ll fight for you.” Peers identify her as “an adversary we respect” with “a great ability to recall the minute details of a transaction, even under high-pressure circumstances”.

Recently in the 2021 Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide, it was noted that “Amanda Banton has a highly creative approach to litigation, is not afraid to take on forensically difficult cases, and has a first-rate strategic eye to overall litigation outcomes”.

Excellence Award in Australasian Law Awards – Law Firm Leader of the Year 2021

Elite Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution – Class actions 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Recommended Lawyer in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 in Dispute Resolution – Class actions 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Recommended Lawyer in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 in Restructuring and Insolvency 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Recommended as a Leading Individual in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 in Dispute Resolution 2016

Winner of Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards in Restructuring and Insolvency 2016