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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Port Moresby, Sydney

James Whittaker

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Work Department

Government / Litigation & Dispute Resolution.




James Whittaker specialises in litigation that is large, difficult and complicated. He brings practical and strategic thinking to large scale problems, making them manageable and solvable. His 20 year career has been spent in the superior courts and tribunals of Australia – as well as keeping his clients out of them. In representing large national and international corporations, governments and associations, his work is often pioneering in nature and of international importance. In addition to large scale litigation, he has particular expertise in class actions, product liability, white collar crime, corporate governance of government related entities and procedures, for example Royal Commissions. James works in particular with large multinationals, on cross-jurisdictional litigation.


Latitude Volunteering - Director Australian Institute of Company Directors - Member University of NSW - Guest lecturer – Indigenous People and the Law (undergraduate), Native Title (post graduate), Litigation (undergraduate) Corrs Chambers Westgarth Litigation, Workplace Relations and IPT&C Division Leader and Executive Leadership Team Member.


Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

James Whittaker  - Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Within: Dispute resolution

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's¬†‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô practice, led by¬†James Whittaker, handles complex, high-value litigation and class actions, and regularly represents the government in contentious matters. It is acting for Trevor Flugge, the former head of the Australian Wheat Board (AWB), in civil penalty proceedings brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) against him, centred on allegations of payments by AWB to the Iraqi government in breach of UN sanctions. The team is also acting for Hancock¬†Prospecting in its defence of claims brought by two children of Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart and two third parties. Names to note include Mark Wilks, Stan Lewis, Chris Pagent¬†and Bronwyn Lincoln. The team has been bolstered by¬†Felicity Healy¬†from now-defunct Henry Davis York and Joshua Paffey¬†from Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Dispute resolution: class actions

Within: Dispute resolution: class actions

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's notable work highlights include Mark Wilks acting for Hancock Prospecting in claims brought by the children of Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart regarding the ownership of its key mining assets, advising litigation funder IMF Bentham on multiple class actions related to new residential developments in the Australian Capital Territory, and Chris Pagent defending Serco Australia and Broadspectrum in actions relating to immigration detention facilities the clients operate on Christmas island and Manus island and the treatment of detainees. Other key practitioners include practice head James Whittaker, Stan Lewis and financial services and product liability expert Brad Woodhouse.

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Regulatory compliance and investigations

Within: Regulatory compliance and investigations

White-collar crime, anti-bribery and corruption are the key areas for Corrs Chambers Westgarth's department, which is led by Richard Flitcroft. Simon Johnson represented a client in relation to an investigation and potential litigation arising from a so-called pyramid scheme in the online payments space. Sydney-based Sam Delaney acts for a global security company in an investigation of fraud perpetrated by a former employee. James Whittaker has particular expertise in class actions, corporate governance of government-related entities and Royal Commissions. The team also includes forensic technology expert Phillip Magness.

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