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Amelia Santilli

senior associate, litigation and dispute resolution

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about Amelia

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about Amelia

After commencing her legal career as a graduate lawyer at Macpherson Kelley, Amelia was instantly drawn to dispute resolution, driven by her passion and dedication to helping clients achieve their desired outcomes.

Amelia brings a unique blend of legal expertise, complementing her law degree with a background in psychology, which enables her to establish a strong rapport with her clients and tailor her communication strategies on a case-by-case basis.

Above all, Amelia strives to guide and navigate her clients through even the most challenging of legal matters, ensuring they feel supported and informed throughout the process. She prioritises clear communication and transparency, allowing her clients to make informed decisions.

“In addition to being committed to advocate for my clients, I am dedicated to truly understanding their personal and business needs and concerns. I believe in the power of teamwork, with every step taken in collaboration with my clients, leveraging on my legal expertise.”

Areas of Expertise

Building and construction disputes
Commercial litigation
Contractual disputes
Debt recovery
Director / shareholder disputes
General litigation
Misleading and deceptive conduct
Owners’ corporation disputes


  • Accountants
  • Insolvency

recent experience

  • High Court: role of proportionate liability in commercial arbitration

    Along with Andrew McAdam of Macpherson Kelley, Amelia instructed Bret Walker SC, Tim Margetts KC and Liam Connolly in High Court proceeding A9/2023 – Tesseract International Pty Ltd v. Pascale Construction Pty Ltd.

    The High Court has been asked to determine the role of proportionate liability in commercial arbitrations.

    This will have a bearing on future arbitrations, as a decision maker can apportion legal responsibility between concurrent wrongdoers, who have caused a plaintiff loss and damage. If the proportionate liability regime applies, the loss suffered by the plaintiff will be apportioned between all the concurrent wrongdoers, according to their respective responsibility of the loss.