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Mia Pantechis

Principal Lawyer
Mia Pantechis

Mia Pantechis is a Principal Lawyer in Maurice Blackburn's Sydney employment law team. She has been rated by the Doyle's Guide as a leading employment lawyer for employees every year since 2021, and was recognised as a top female legal professional in the LawyersWeekly Women in Law awards in 2020. 

Practice Area

Employment issues


LLB, BEc SocSc

With over 10 years’ experience as an employment lawyer, Mia has a strong reputation as an expert in sexual harassment and discrimination law. She has conducted significant and high-profile sexual harassment litigation, and has secured record-breaking out-of-court settlements for her clients

Mia represents executives and employees across all areas of employment law, with extensive experience in contractual disputes, restraint of trade disputes, redundanciesworkplace investigations, terminations, bullyingdiscrimination and harassmentunfair dismissalswhistleblower disputes, and adverse action matters.

Mia’s legal achievements include:

  • Representing the successful applicant in the landmark decision, Taylor v August and Pemberton Pty Ltd [2023] FCA 1313, which set a new benchmark for general damages awards for sexual harassment.
  • Securing an important compensation settlement on behalf of two women whose claims of sexual harassment against former Supreme Court judge, Peter Vickery, were upheld by an independent investigation.
  • Representing the successful applicant in Chambers v Commonwealth of Australia (Bureau of Meteorology) [2024] FedCFamC2G 100, which established that the applicant’s redundancy was a sham in contravention of the general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
  • Securing an injunction to lift a suspension and have an employee return to work, Chan v Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission [2023] FCA 1458
  • Securing the reinstatement of an employee found to have been unfairly dismissed, Martin Bajelis v Reserve Bank of Australia [2020] FWC 3740.
  • Successfully defending restraint of trade proceedings to enforce a non-compete clause, DXC Eclipse Pty Ltd v Wildsmith (No 2) [2022] NSWSC 1330.
  • Negotiating favourable compensation for senior public sector employees in NSW.
  • Obtaining favourable exit packages, without recourse to litigation, for senior executives, including in the context of workplace investigations or disciplinary processes.
  • Securing the maximum compensation award in an unfair dismissal matter before the Fair Work Commission, Robert Lynd-Stevenson v Flinders University.
  • Representing public and private sector whisleblowers in matters before the Federal Court of Australia. 

What Mia’s clients say about her: 

'I was just thrilled with the experience I had with Mia Pantechis. Just minutes into our first meeting I knew I was in a safe set of hands. She's technically super strong, a really good strategic thinker and was able to anticipate issues and opportunities in order to maximise outcomes. Her communication skills and bedside manner really helped turn a highly stressful situation into a manageable one. 10/10 for Mia!'  - CEO, ASX Listed Company, 2021

Memberships & accreditations

  • Law Society of NSW member
  • Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW member
  • Industrial Relations Society of NSW member


  • Doyle's Guide | NSW Leading Employment Lawyer | 2022 - 2024
  • Doyle's Guide | AUS Recommended Employment Lawyer | 2022 - 2023
  • Women Lawyers Association of NSW | Achievement Awards | Finalist for Private Practice Lawyer of the Year 2023 
  • Lawyers Weekly | Women in Law Awards | Senior Associate of the Year 2020

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Our Canberra office is now closed, but our team continues to serve ACT clients and are available for phone and video appointments. If you need legal advice, please call us on 1800 675 346.

We have lawyers who specialise in a range of legal claims who travel to Tasmania. If you need a lawyer in Hobart, Launceston or elsewhere in Tasmania, please call us on 1800 675 346.