Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: class actions

The class action practice at Arnold Bloch Leibler is led by Leon Zwier in Melbourne and is well-versed in handling matters in the food and beverage and aged care sectors.
Established in 2020 by Amanda Banton, the rapidly growing team at Banton Group conducts class action investigations and litigation across the financial services, aviation, mining and agriculture sectors.

Dispute resolution: class actions in Australia

Allens

The strong class action group at Allens has particular expertise in financial services class actions, with other focuses including shareholder, product liability, cartel, natural disaster, employment and environmental damage mandates. Belinda Thompson and Jenny Campbell co-lead the class actions practice from Melbourne and Sydney, respectively, and Andrew Maher heads the disputes and investigation practice in Melbourne. A highlight for Thompson has been acting for Ford Australia in a class action brought on behalf of owners of certain Ford vehicle models regarding alleged breaches of consumer guarantees, misleading or deceptive conduct and unconscionability claims. Campbell has been advising the Commonwealth Bank of Australia regarding the Shine Commissions class action. In Sydney, Guy Foster and recently promoted partner Alex Tolliday are also active in the class action space.

Key clients

Crown Resorts Limited and its subsidiaries (Crown)

Whitehaven Coal

Citibank

Westpac Banking Corporation

Nissan Motor Co (Australia) Pty Ltd

PTTEP Australasia (Ashmore Cartier) Pty Ltd

National Australia Bank

Ford Motor Company of Australia

Brambles

CIMIC

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

National Australia Bank

ANZ Banking Group Limited

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Advising Crown in relation to various significant matters arising in connection with the NSW Casino Inquiry, including a class action commenced by shareholders in relation to Crown’s AML/CTF framework and related disclosures.
  • Advising Westpac in the Lenthall class action, commenced on behalf of customers who have obtained insurance issued by Westpac Life, on the recommendation of Westpac financial advisers, since 21 February 2011.
  • Acting for PTTEP Australasia (a subsidiary of the Thailan- based PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited) in respect of a class action commenced in the Federal Court of Australia arising from the 2009 Montara oil spill.

Ashurst

Ashurst‘s class action team is strong in a variety of areas, including financial services, employment, automotive and shareholder disputes, acting for corporates, financial services firms and government bodies. Jeremy Chenoweth leads the dispute resolution practice in Brisbane, whilst Ian Bolster and Mark Bradley head up the class action practices in Sydney and Melbourne, respectively. Sydney-based John Pavlakis is recognised for his skills in consumer class actions and third-party funding orders. The team continues to act for Woolworths Group in defending the claim brought against it regarding alleged underpayment of store managers.

Testimonials

‘Experienced, thoughtful and well-rounded litigators.’

‘Easy to work with, highly commercial and switched-on disputes team. Good understanding of our values and commercial drivers. Bring thoughtful and clearly explained solutions to the client’s problems.’

‘The team has offered us great strategic insight, blended with very efficient and responsive client service and communication.’

‘Ian Bolster is an energetic, intelligent and perceptive partner. He is particularly sought after in financial services litigation. A very solid analytical lawyer with an unpretentious and genuine manner.’

‘Ian Bolster and his team are an absolute stand out. Easy going, commercial and able to think outside of the box to find solutions to complex problems. Happy to trust them with the most important pieces of litigation we have.’

‘Ian Bolster is exceptional as a litigator – focused, practical and with a clear view of the longer term objectives. ’

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Commonwealth Government of Australia

BMW Australia

KPMG

Murray Darling Basin Authority

Deloitte

NSW Government

Macquarie Bank

McGrath Nicol

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kagara Ltd

Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society

Woolworths Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for BMW Australia Limited in defence of a Supreme Court of NSW class action regarding allegedly defective Takata airbags.
  • Acting for Woolworths in the class action brought in respect of its alleged underpayment of store managers.
  • Acting for KPMG in the defence of a Supreme Court of Victoria shareholder class action against former Arrium directors and KPMG as the auditor of Arrium.

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz‘ class action offering is led by Greg Williams, whose scientific qualifications and laboratory experience mean he is well placed to handle cases in the medical devices and pharmaceuticals sectors, in particular. The team is actively involved in developing the procedural and substantive law in this dispute resolution arena. Other recognised strengths include consumer and financial products cases, where Melbourne-based Andrew Morrison in particular has substantial expertise. Ross McInnes is adept in acting for financial institutions, whilst Colin Loveday is skilled in complex, multi-jurisdiction litigation. All named lawyers are based in Sydney unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Greg Williams

Testimonials

‘Great team players, very sympathetic characters, easy to work with – it is always a pleasure to work with CU.’

‘The CU class action team have extensive experience in various jurisdictional class action regimes around Australia. This experience allows them to deliver pragmatic advice to their clients to assist with defence/settlement strategies in confident way. CU’s forensic technology services deal with significant discovery burdens that clients would otherwise have to bear, allowing clients to get on with their day-to-day business with a minimum of distraction. CU quickly and easily integrated their invoicing system with our company’s accounts payable systems with no fuss or objection. ’

‘Greg Williams is very analytical, provides great client service, and is very likeable.’

‘Alex Rose: hands on, very pragmatic, very reliable.’

‘Greg Williams is adept in explaining complex legal concepts and processes in a simple, well-thought-out way. Greg understands the commercial drivers of corporate entities and how these interact with the legal defence of large class actions. Greg is culturally sensitive, taking into account cultural nuances when dealing with and communicating to oversees parent companies. Greg was always open to client feedback and took on board client priorities and strategies. Greg is very well respected amongst his legal colleagues from other firms, allowing him to deal with them in an effective way, whilst advancing his client’s interests. ’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Subaru (Aust) Pty Ltd

Myer Holdings Limited

AMP Life Limited

Toyota Australia

Johnson & Johnson

Bayer Australia Ltd

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Subaru

Dick Smith Electronics directors Nick Abboud (former CEO) and Michael Potts (former CFO)

Victorian Department of Health and twelve (12) Victorian Health Services

Barclays

Work highlights

  • Acting in two separate class actions proceedings in Australia for both Volkswagen and Subaru in relation to the Takata airbag recall.
  • Acting for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited in representative proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia concerning alleged breaches of the ASIC Act and Corporations Act.
  • Advising Barclays which is one of five respondents in a complex class action brought over allegations that they manipulated the global foreign exchange market causing loss and damage to Australian consumers.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills has a defendant-focused class action team that is skilled in taking claims to the highest courts, including the Federal Courts and the High Court, often in precedent-setting cases. The team conducts a range of class actions across the shareholder, employment, security and product arenas. Reputable team leader Jason Betts is highly experienced in this area, with particular expertise in shareholder claims. Melbourne-based Damian Grave is noted for his experience in cases spanning across Australia and the UK, and Christine Tran is highly skilled in complex security class actions. All named lawyers are based in Sydney unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jason Betts

Work highlights

    King & Wood Mallesons

    King & Wood Mallesons has strengths within the government and financial services sectors and is very active in class actions arising out of the Financial Services Royal Commission. Moira Saville heads the class actions practice, with recent experience including acting for BHP in defending a class action brought on behalf of labour hire workers at the Mt Arthur coal mine. Alexander Morris acts in class actions for an impressive list of clients. Brisbane-based Justin McDonnell has been heavily involved with shaping the class action space in Queensland. Peta Stevenson has expertise in complex competition class actions, and Liam Burgess, Emma Lawrence and Sam Dundas, who are based in Sydney, Canberra and Perth, respectively, are also notable team members.

    Practice head(s):

    Moira Saville

    Key clients

    Woolworths

    Westpac Banking Corporation

    BHP

    AMP

    Allianz

    National Australia Bank

    Telstra Corporation Ltd

    IOOF

    Commonwealth of Australia, State Governments and Government departments

    IAG

    Lochard Energy

    Deutsche Bank

    Suncorp

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Allianz Australia Insurance Limited and Allianz Australia Life Insurance Limited in defence of two class actions in the Supreme Court of Victoria regarding the sale of add-on insurance products (such as tyre and rim insurance) sold through motor vehicle dealers.
    • Acting for Woolworths Group Ltd in class action proceedings brought on behalf of shareholders regarding profit guidance given by Woolworths for the 2015 financial year and subsequent disclosures to the market.
    • Acting for BHP in the defence of class action proceedings brought on behalf of labour hire workers at the Mt Arthur coal mine, which is owned and operated by BHP.

    Corrs Chambers Westgarth

    Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s Sydney-based class action team is active across a broad range of sectors and is especially strong in cases relating to financial services, employment and technology. Chris Pagent leads the team and his client roster includes listed entities, product manufacturers, technology companies, public sector clients and professional services providers. Brad Woodhouse is also a notable team member with a focus on product liability claims, along with Katrina Sleiman, who is strong in disputes involving corporate disclosures, audit reports and alleged cartel conduct.

    Practice head(s):

    Chris Pagent

    Other key lawyers:

    Brad WoodhouseKatrina Sleiman

    Testimonials

    ‘The litigation/class action team at Corrs led by Chris Pagent works with both plaintiffs and defendants in class actions which provides them with a unique breadth of experience and relationships. They also have deep experience of litigation funding and working with funders. The team is passionate about they work they do and aspire to the highest standards.’

    ‘Corrs use billing analysts in their finance team to work with clients on their large litigation projects which is an excellent value add as budget management is critical. The team members are always lawyers of the highest calibre and well trained and supervised. There is good continuity of team members across cases which can run for 2-3 years. ’

    ‘In Chris Pagent, I value the following: deep technical class actions and litigation funding knowledge; perceptive listener; strong strategist and lateral thinker; strong people manager.’

    ‘Brad Woodhouse – I have worked less with Brad but he exhibits many of the same qualities identified above. He and Chris work seamlessly together.’

    ‘Lots of good quality experience. Chris Pagent has good judgment, excellent technical skills and takes a considered, strategic approach to litigation. He is well supported by bright associates.’

    Key clients

    Deloitte Touche Tomatsu

    Ernst & Young Australia

    Ernst & Young UK

    KPMG

    Nexia

    Victorian Government

    British American Tobacco

    Daimler

    Deacon University

    Hays

    UGL

    Transgrid

    Ventia

    Coles

    Johnson & Johnson

    Wesfarmers

    Life Without Borders

    Cladding Safety Victoria

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Deloitte in connection with the defence of multiple class actions brought by aggrieved shareholders who claimed to have sustained losses following Freedom Foods’ highly publicised ASX announcements relating to material write downs in asset valuations, and restatements of prior year financial results.
    • Representing UGL in a significant employment class action being pursued on behalf of casual workers who were allegedly underpaid for over three years pursuant to the terms of the then-current enterprise agreement.
    • Acting for Ernst & Young LLP in defence of two class actions commenced by shareholders in Slater & Gordon Ltd against the law firm’s previous auditors, Pitcher Partners and Ernst & Young LLP.

    Johnson Winter Slattery

    The class actions team at Johnson Winter Slattery acts for both defendants and plaintiffs, with particular expertise in advising litigation funders. Paul Buitendag and Paul Reidy co-lead the team from Melbourne and Sydney, respectively. Reidy acts for large corporates and board members, having recently acted for Allianz in a class action case, and Robert Johnston is adept at handling litigation in the Supreme and Federal Courts. Frances Dreyer and Andreas Piesiewicz are also key contacts. All named lawyers are based in Sydney unless noted otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul BuitendagPaul Reidy

    Testimonials

    ‘They are unusual in that, due to their corporate client base, they act on both sides. This makes them formidable opponents because they understand a class action from all angles.’

    ‘A team that is full of energy – really smart people who consistently deliver. They listen to clients and work with them to get the best outcomes on cases. The partners are savvy and extremely experienced. A very safe pair of hands, and able to deal with the most complex of matters.’ 

    ‘The teams we work with have some exceptional associates who you can really trust. They are hard working and drive litigation. A number of the partners we work with too are extremely impressive and bring strategic direction to challenging litigation, and rigour to decision making.’

    ‘JWS has an experienced and hands-on team in its class actions practice. Something that sets them apart from other firms is their willingness and ability to get involved in the legal framing of the case and its development through to trial, and at trial. This includes legal analysis and preparation of evidence.’

    ‘Paul Reidy is one of only a handful of class action lawyers in Australia that I would trust with a significant investment. He is excellent – incredibly hard-working, sharp, a good strategist and very user-friendly.’

    ‘Paul Reidy is a highly experienced and strategic litigator. His strength is knowing when to get involved in strategic and forensic decisions, and when to let the solicitor and counsel team progress the case.’

    Key clients

    Vasco Trustees Limited, D H Flinders Pty Ltd

    Allianz Australia Limited

    Jones Asififi-Otchere

    Former Director/Interim CEO, RCR Tomlinson Limited

    Dick Smith Class action – lead applicant Mr and Mrs Mastoris on behalf of over 40 institutional investors

    BSA Ltd

    Edward Poljak on behalf of over 270,00 Facebook users

    Administrators of Quintis and Lloyds of London insurers

    Merivale Group

    3M

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Jones Asirifi-Otchere in a large class action against Swann Insurance concerning the sale of “add-on” insurance.
    • Acting for Merivale Group in a high-profile class action concerning the alleged underpayment of approximately 10,000 employees over a six-year period.
    • Acting for the claimants in a large class action against Allianz in the Supreme Court of Victoria concerning the sale of “add-on” insurance products.

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

    Global firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is solely dedicated to litigation and arbitration, and the practice in Australia has strengths in defending corporations in contractual and product liability class actions, as well as acting for plaintiffs in the resources arena. The team is led by Damian Scattini, Michael Mills and Michelle Fox from the Sydney office.

    Key clients

    5 Boroughs NY Pty Ltd v Victoria

    Allen Dodd as trustee for the Allen Dodd Superannuation Fund v Shine Corporate

    Ardent Leisure Group

    Ashita Tomi Pty Ltd & Ors v RCR Tomlinson & Ors

    Ewok Pty Ltd v Wellard

    Moira Shire Council & Hobsons Bay City Council v Jardine Lloyd Thompson

    Richmond Valley Council v Jardine Lloyd Thompson

    The Takata Class Actions

    Webb v GetSwift Limited and Mr Joel Macdonald

    Wigmans v AMP Limited

    Work highlights

    • Representing 5 Boroughs NY Pty Ltd (as lead plaintiff, on behalf of group members in representative proceedings) in class action proceedings against the State of Victoria (and other servants and agents of the State of Victoria) in relation to alleged failures of the Victorian hotel quarantine program, which it is argued substantially caused the second wave ‘stage 3’ and ‘stage 4’ lockdowns in Victoria.
    • Acting on behalf of seven lead plaintiffs who have commenced representative proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales against VW, BMW, Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, Nissan and Honda.
    • Acting for GetSwift Limited in the Webb class action, the one remaining action following carriage proceedings in which three class actions were filed against GetSwift and its directors arising from the same subject matter.

    DLA Piper

    The class actions team at DLA Piper benefits from the firm’s global presence and client base. Kieran O’Brien leads the practice, with particular strength in product liability claims. Cameron Maclean leads the Australian litigation and regulatory group and focuses on insurance-related litigation, recently acting for the State of Western Australia and for the City of Armadale in class actions relating to wildfires in Margaret River and Roleystone. The team has undergone significant growth, including the addition of Tricia Hobson, who joining the practice from Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2021, bringing expertise in natural disaster-related insurance claims.

    Other key lawyers:

    Tricia Hobson

    Work highlights

      Gilbert + Tobin

      The disputes and investigations team at Gilbert + Tobin acts for both defendants and plaintiffs, primarily in shareholder, product liability and financial services class actions. Richard Harris leads the practice and is adept at handling large regulatory, investigative and enforcement mandates. Colleen Platford has expertise in complex commercial, regulatory and trade practice matters. Both are based in Sydney.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Harris

      Testimonials

      ‘A first-rate team that you can trust to be across the detail of a case. Really smart lawyers; who grapple with the complexities of the case (legal and strategic) and offer considered, measured and focused advice. Strength in depth across the whole team, with star individuals at the partner and counsel/associate level.’

      ‘The partners we work with at this firm are excellent all round. They are across the detail, and involved in all key workstreams and decisions. They think commercially and strategically and offer consistent case direction, confidently navigating litigation through the highs and lows, and in a reassuring way.’

      ‘This practice is dynamic and fast paced, offering new solutions to the legal market in a practical way. The firm deeply understands financial services clients, as well as individuals within the sector. The firm has navigated some of the most complex legal issues in history, and done so with efficiency, and the utmost professionalism.’

      ‘The class actions team at Gilbert & Tobin are high performing problem solvers. We think that they have a reputation for being able to manage tricky and complex situations which can arise in class actions. They are willing to provide this service to either plaintiffs or defendants and are within a very small number of firms who act on “both sides of the fence” in this area. In my experience they do not seek to squeeze any more fees than are necessary out of a matter and understand that in order to provide an effective service, this must be cost effective also. I have the impression (which is rare) that this team truly like what they do and find it intellectually satisfying.’

      ‘I have worked with Crispian Lynch and Rebecca Spigelman and have been very impressed with their intimate knowledge of class actions law and procedure, their commercial acumen and their ability to understand the commercial objectives of the client and to implement those objectives in an effective and timely way.’

      ‘Richard Harris has deep knowledge and industry leader in financial services and litigation generally.’

      Key clients

      Westpac

      BT Funds Management

      QBE

      Vocation Limited

      Mark Hutchinson

      Macquarie Group

      Work highlights

      • Advising Macquarie Bank in relation to a class action regarding ‘flex commissions’ in its auto financing division.
      • Advising QBE in relation to a class action regarding its consumer credit insurance products.
      • Acting for BT Funds Management and Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited in relation to a class action brought on behalf of members of BT Super for Life Cash Option.

      Minter Ellison

      Minter Ellison is acting on some of the most significant class actions; James Beaton (who heads the commercial litigation group) has broad expertise and has of late represented financial institutions in a class action case involving many thousands of members of four separate superannuation funds. Ross Freeman and Beverley Newbold are highly experienced litigators who represent clients involved in class actions (in addition to work in ASIC and ASX investigations, civil penalty proceedings and the defense of civil and criminal prosecutions.

      Practice head(s):

      James Beaton

      Other key lawyers:

      Ross Freeman; Beverley Newbold

      Work highlights

      • Defending Crown in a shareholder class action in which the applicants allege that Crown contravened its continuous disclosure obligations and engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to a 14% share price drop in October 2016.
      • Defended Estia Health against a class action brought by shareholders alleging that Estia Health contravened itscontinuous disclosure obligations and engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to share price drops in 2016
      • Acting for OnePath Life Limited, a co-respondent with OnePath Custodians (OPC) and ANZ in the defense of a class action (in which the lawyers for the Applicants are seeking a group costs order – one of the first in Australia to be advanced).

      Norton Rose Fulbright

      Melbourne-based Cameron Harvey heads the litigation practice at Norton Rose Fulbright. The team adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to its class action mandates, handling shareholder, securities, natural disaster, consumer, insolvency, environmental, and product liability claims. Toby Biddle in Sydney has notable expertise in healthcare product liability class actions.

      Practice head(s):

      Cameron Harvey

      Testimonials

      ‘Great team, really aware, good advice and presents balanced options.’

      Key clients

      HSBC Bank Australia Limited

      KPMG

      National Australia Bank

      Smith & Nephew

      Thorn Australia Pty Limited

      7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd

      Work highlights

      • Representing 7-Eleven in the defence of the largest franchising class action ever litigated in Australian courts.
      • Appointed the receivers and managers of Dick Smith Holdings Limited, and its appointing banks following its collapse in January 2016, which was at the time the largest and highest profile retail collapse in Australia.
      • Advising long term clients, which include some of the largest life sciences and healthcare companies locally and globally to successfully assist with numerous complex product liability actions.

      Phi Finney McDonald

      The plaintiff-focused team at Phi Finney McDonald acts for pension schemes, private investors, sovereign wealth funds and investment platforms from the Asia Pacific, North America and Europe. The practice is particularly strong in acting for litigation funders in shareholder class actions. The team is co-led by Ben Phi and Odette McDonald in Melbourne, and Tim Finney in Sydney.

      Practice head(s):

      Ben PhiTim FinneyOdette McDonald

      Other key lawyers:

      Brett SpiegelRoop SandhuJeremy Zimet

      Testimonials

      ‘We have observed a high standard of client care and significant expertise in class action litigation. We have also been impressed by the firm’s commitment to culturally appropriate engagement with plaintiff communities and an ethical approach to structuring litigation to respond to clients’ needs.’

      ‘Unrivalled class action expertise. The team you want with you in the trenches – they know the corporate defendant playbook inside out.’

      ‘The people at PFM that I worked with were different from other practitioners because of the level of commitment and dedication they brought to the work. Brett Spiegel and Ben Phi are exceptional – strategic thinkers with a real commitment to their clients.’

      ‘Both their legal and strategic acumen is second to none, with a full service offering on class action matters.’

      ‘Ben Phi has the perfect all-round mix of commercial acumen and technical strength. Odette McDonald is super dedicated and fully immerses herself in her case work, living and breathing each step of the claim.’

      ‘Tim Finney is in the detail of claims, provides excellent strategic and legal advice in relation to class action matters and is a clear and concise communicator. A true pleasure to work with.’

      ‘Brett Spiegel is a class action specialist, with a wide range of experience, both domestically and internationally. He is always available and is extremely responsive. Brett has been willing to dedicate significant pro bono hours towards important public interest matters. He is client-focussed and comes up with creative legal solutions to seemingly impossible problems that arise on a case.’

      ‘Ben Phi, Odette McDonald and Tim Finney are well-regarded for their astuteness and legal expertise, as well as their commerciality, professionality and courtesy. Together they have led many class actions with successful results. I have also worked closely with principal lawyers Roop Sandhu, Brett Spiegel and Jeremy Zimet, who are all outstanding lawyers and assets to the firm.’

      Key clients

      Californian State Teachers Retirement System

      Teachers Retirement System of Texas

      Massachusetts PRIM

      Colorado PERA

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Vince Impiombato and others (including institutional investor clients) in a shareholder class action against BHP Ltd/plc in Australia, the first time the court has held that an Australian class action can seek damages for shareholders who held their shares on the London Stock Exchange.
      • Acting for CalSTRS, Texas TRS, Colorado PERA, Massachusetts PRIM and others in a shareholder class action against Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
      • Acting for Edmund How Fen Yong and others (including institutional investor clients) in a shareholder class action against Westpac Banking Corporation.

      Clyde & Co LLP

      The disputes team at Clyde & Co LLP conducts class actions within the insurance, construction, maritime and employment sectors. Notable team members include Lucinda Lyons, Janette McLennan and John Moran in Sydney, and Maurice Thompson in Melbourne. The client roster includes corporates, insurers and individuals.

      Key clients

      Murphy Operator Pty Ltd, Tobari Pty Ltd, SPW Pty Ltd

      Beazley Syndicates 2623/623 at Lloyd’s (Beazley)

      AXA XL

      Approximately 500 clients in the Australian fisheries sector (including commercial fishers, commercial prawn farmers and seafood importers)

      Work highlights

      • Representing clients in a class action against a Port Authority seeking circa $150m in damages for environmental harm arising from vessel dredging in the port of Gladstone which decimated local fisheries.
      • Acting for AXA XL in relation to two shareholder class actions launched against Crown Resorts Limited.
      • Acting for clients as defence counsel in the multiparty consolidated shareholder class action against Vocation.

      Colin Biggers & Paisley

      Sydney-based Michael Russell leads the dispute and investigations team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. The practice is adept at defending insurers and corporate clients against class action claims, with a particular emphasis on companies in liquidation. The team also acts as coverage and monitoring counsel.

      Practice head(s):

      Michael Russell

      Testimonials

      ‘The practice is unique in that they offer great value in large and complex matters, particularly class actions’

      ‘Michael Russell is extremely commercial and builds strong relationships with clients and other practitioners.’

      ‘Adrian Konstantinidis is detail focussed, and is willing to put in the hard yards for his clients.’

      Key clients

      Downer Group

      Spotless

      Chandler MacLeod

      McGrathNicol

      RCR Tomlinson

      Monash IVF

      Fairview Architectural

      Work highlights

      • Acted for Spotless, as the sole defendant, in a shareholder class action commenced in the Federal Court which was settled in late 2020 for $95M.
      • Acting for DSHE Holdings Limited (receiver and manager appointed) in the defence of two shareholder class actions commenced in the NSW Supreme Court in relation to the $600m collapse of Dick Smith.
      • Acting for RCR Tomlinson in defence of three shareholder class actions, commenced in the NSW Supreme Court in relation to the $1bn collapse of RCR Tomlinson.

      Piper Alderman

      The dispute resolution and litigation team at Piper Alderman undertakes class actions for both plaintiffs and defendants, with particular strengths in shareholder and financial mandates. The team is also adept at acting for litigation funders. The Brisbane team is led by Greg Whyte, while Martin Del Gallego is also a name of note in Sydney.

      Practice head(s):

      Greg Whyte

      Other key lawyers:

      Martin Del Gallego

      Testimonials

      ‘The team are highly engaged and efficient, quickly turning around good quality work product and effectively managing a number of complex matters.’

      ‘Piper Alderman’s class action team has breadth and depth and covers multiple AU jurisdictions. This makes it a “one stop shop” and obvious go to for funded class actions.’

      ‘The stand-out class actions partner in Sydney is Martin del Gallego, who combines energy and enthusiasm with experience and expertise gained in AU and overseas.’

      ‘The partner and senior associate team members of Piper Alderman (particularly in Brisbane) has been a stable and consistent group for a number of years. This kind of legacy provides certainty, familiarity, and consistent business relationships. A key benefit this long standing team is that there is accountability and ownership by all its members, which not only results in quality legal work but also excellent client service and communication. The team (and firm) is also willing and proactive in discussing commercial billing structures/arrangements.’

      ‘Intelligent, commercial, inventive, strategically focused, accountable, practical and genuine.

      ‘High level of competence in the practice area; work for both applicants and respondents; experience in running cases to trial; ability to deploy significant resources to meet deadlines.’

      ‘Martin del Gallego is very user-friendly. He is a good strategic thinker, calm and capable.’

      ‘Martin del Gallego is gaining a real profile in the class actions space.’

      Key clients

      Giabal Pty Ltd

      LCM Finance

      Omni Bridgeway

      Peregrine Corporation

      Stillwater Pastoral Pty Ltd

      Woodsford Litigation Funding

      Zoetis Australia

      Work highlights

      • Acting for clients in the the largest energy class action in Australian history against Queensland’s two largest electricity generators, Stanwell Corporation and CS Energy, on behalf of over 46,000 electricity consumers, including over 1,700 businesses.
      • Acting for Zoetis Australia defending a $53m class action brought by the owners of horses which were administered with the Hendra Virus vaccine developed by Zoetis, who allege the horses suffered side effects from the vaccine.
      • Acting for clients in a $200m class action, funded by Woodsford Litigation Funding, against AMP Financial Planning Limited, Charter Financial Planning Limited, Hillross Financial Services Limited, AMP Limited and AMP Life Limited.