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Amelia Burns is an Associate in the Disputes group at Herbert Smith Freehills (London).

Amelia began her career as a Solicitor in our Sydney Office. Her practice is in general commercial dispute resolution, with a particular focus on regulatory investigation and enforcement, as well as ESG litigation.

Amelia has worked for major UK and Australian listed companies in commercial litigation, including investigations and trials on complex commercial and regulatory matters.


Amelia holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Sydney and was valedictorian of her graduating class. Amelia also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.

Amelia co-authored a chapter in Bootmakers, Board and Rogues (2023) on market misconduct in Australia with Andrew Eastwood (Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney).   

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • global company in relation to alleged environmental negligence in Africa
  • global investment bank in landmark cartel proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Considered a 'test case' for the application of competition law to financial markets in Australia
  • global investment bank in relation to alleged insider trading and investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Real Estate Investment Trust in relation to alleged breach of trustees' obligations as a result of third-party capital raising
  • an oil and gas producer in relation to third party subpoenas to disclose documents in the context of allegations of fraud and bribery in defamation proceedings