Class Actions - Australia

The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2019/2020

Partner Peta Stevenson launches The Review where our experts consider significant judgments, events and developments that occurred on the last financial year.

This year's Review includes:

    • Parliament’s inquiry into litigation funding and the continued regulation of the class action industry
    • Legislative amendments implemented by the Treasurer that require litigation funders to hold an Australian Financial Services license
    • The High Court’s rejection of common fund orders as a basis for approval of third-party litigation funding commissions
    • The Victorian parliament’s passing of legislation that permits plaintiffs lawyers to charge contingency fees from the 1 July this year 

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A track record of innovation and ingenuity in Class Actions

Class actions are a well-established feature of commercial litigation and continue to increase apace in progressively more diverse and sophisticated ways.

Successfully defending class action proceedings requires particular skills and resources to deal with complex legal issues, vast quantities of information, and often litigation in multiple jurisdictions. Subject matter expertise in complex corporate, competition and public and product liability areas is critical.

King & Wood Mallesons offers a specialised class action team with the experience, skills and commitment needed to navigate a difficult path through complex negotiations and litigation.

From the initial stages of regulatory investigations to enforcement proceedings and third party actions for damages, clients come to our integrated team of class action lawyers for our relationships with regulators, innovative use of court process, focus on early resolution and track record of success.

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King & Wood Mallesons brings a team involved in many of the largest and most complex regulatory investigations and class action litigation. Clients call upon our robust resources, innovative approaches to litigation and technical expertise to efficiently and successfully bring the matter to finality.

To read more about recent class action developments in Australia, see our annual publication The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2019/2020 (and previous editions below), where our dispute resolution partners Justin McDonnellAlex MorrisMoira Saville and Peta Stevenson discuss the landmark year in class action law and practice in Australia and look forward to identify trends for 2020.

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The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2018/2019

Welcome to The Review – Class Actions in Australia 2018/2019, in which we consider significant judgments, events and developments between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.

The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2016/2017

2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the federal class action regime in Australia and saw the 500th class action filed. In this Review we reflect on activity in Australian class actions and what the future may hold.

The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2015/2016

An increased threat of class actions is the ‘new normal’ for Australian business as this year sees 35 class actions launched, following a historic high of 40 actions launched the previous year.

The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2014/2015

Our annual report reviews class actions in Australia between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015. Australia litigation funding, class action procedures and developments.

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