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Amber Matthews

Country Managing Partner, Australia

I believe in realizing the potential of our people, so they in turn can deliver an exceptional service and experience to our clients.


Amber has over 20 years' experience in client facing and management roles and is currently responsible for overseeing the performance and strategy of the firm in Australia.

While she is a corporate and commercial lawyer by background, and has previously held client facing and internal legal roles with the firm in Sydney and London (she was the firm's international General Counsel for many years), she is now fully dedicated to driving the performance and growth of the Australian practice.  

Amber is an inclusive and progressive leader who is passionate about empowering people to fulfil their career ambitions. She is focused on creating interesting and sustainable careers in the law for the firm's people, particularly for women and people from diverse or underrepresented groups. She is also passionate about client experience, leveraging the talents and experience of the firm's people in Australia and worldwide to create exceptional client teams that deliver high levels of client service.

Amber is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion and is often asked to speak about it in the media or at conferences. She is the Asia-Pacific representative on the firm's international Diversity & Inclusion Council, and Chair of the Asia-Pacific D&I Committee and Australia D&I Committee. 

She also recognizes the role and responsibility DLA Piper plays in creating a safe and healthy workplace, and the importance of mental health and wellbeing for individuals to thrive, both within and outside the workplace. She is a member of the international Health & Wellbeing Steering Committee and a member of the Board of Corporate Mental Health Alliance of Australia & New Zealand.

Areas of FocusCorporate
Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and WalesSolicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales


Prior to her current role as Country Managing Partner in Australia, Amber was the firm's General Counsel for many years, leading the firm's team of in-house lawyers and risk professionals. The responsibilities of the team covered areas such as regulatory compliance, risk management, data privacy, professional claims, corporate structure, conflicts of interest and other client take-on related issues. 

Amber has extensive corporate governance experience from her role as secretary to the International Board over a period of almost 10 years. 

    Awards and recognition

    • DLA Piper Australia recognized in Australasian Lawyer's Employer of Choice rankings, 2020
    • DLA Piper Australia recognized as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) by the Australian Government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), 2020


    • Chair of DLA Piper’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Asia-Pacific 
    • Member of DLA Piper’s international Diversity & Inclusion Council 
    • Member of DLA Piper’s Health & Wellbeing Steering Committee