There has been an unprecedented number of class action claims in Australia across a number of industries and services, fueled by litigation funders and entrepreneurial plaintiff law firms.
Our class actions team has a long history working with and for insurers on some of Australia's largest commercial and class action litigation. Traditionally, we have a very strong insurance practice, and can therefore provide insurers with a unique panel option for their insureds' class action defence work, cementing our team as a key "go to" team for insurance-backed class action litigation.
As a practice, we have acted in various capacities in leading class-action disputes in Australia. We have particular expertise working with companies in distress or liquidation, which rely heavily on the participation of insurers to co-ordinate a defence and resolution.
Our class actions team has acted in group proceedings, multi-plaintiff claims and representative actions for numerous years, including in the first major funded employment class action in Australia.
Our significant class action experience, as defence, coverage and monitoring counsel, provides a unique skillset in both understanding and managing insurers' expectations, conducting class actions in a cost-effective and timely manner, and ensuring that the defendant corporation is positioned to make early assessments on the prospects of success and any appropriate settlement offers to be made.
In 2020 The Legal 500
recognised the practice's expertise in Dispute Resolution: Class actions and Michael Russell
, who leads the team, is recognised for his expertise in Litigation by Best Lawyers