Frances Dreyer > Johnson Winter & Slattery > Sydney, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Johnson Winter & Slattery

Work Department

Dispute Resolution




Frances specialises in large scale Federal and Supreme Court litigation with a focus on complex claims related to financial products and securities.

Recognised as “truly outstanding” (Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2019), she is regarded for her strong technical acumen in the areas of accounting and financial economics, and for her efficient project management.

Frances has a demonstrated ability to efficiently manage large scale, multi-party and high profile litigation on both the plaintiff and defence side. She has held the central co-ordinating role in such claims consistently over the past decade, including the current Dick Smith securities claims, securities claims arising from the failed A$1 billion MFS Premium Income Fund, claims made by listed funds in respect of audit and accounting failures and the ASIC Westpoint litigation. Frances is focused and confident in the face of complicated, hard fought and protracted litigation.

Frances’ practice has a focus on accounting, investment and financial product claims. She has strong skills and knowledge in respect of technical audit and accounting issues, financial economics and financial instruments. Frances works closely with the leading experts in forensic accounting, audit, financial economics and sophisticated financial products and markets. She is recognised by these experts for her detailed and sophisticated approach.

Frances graduated from Flinders University of South Australia in 2005 with degrees in Law and Economics. She was awarded the University Medal for her studies in law, was the Dux of the Law School and was the graduating law student with the highest ranking Honours score.

Alongside her litigation work,  Frances is joint pro bono partner. She has played a central leadership role in driving the firm’s national practice which supports low income, disadvantaged and marginalised people in the Australian community and the organisations that support them. In only two years, our practice achieved 48 pro bono hours per lawyer, exceeding the national pro bono target – a process that is usually expected to take five years.


Law Society of New South Wales
Federal Court of Australia Professional Liaison Committee


Bachelor of Laws (Honours, First Class), Flinders University (University Medal)
Bachelor of Economics, Flinders University

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Dispute resolution: class actions

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.