Class Actions - Australia

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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.

Unparalleled class actions experience

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 class actions to finality.

To read more about recent class action developments in Australia, see our annual publication The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2018/2019 (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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"We know you’ll identify the issues and nail them for us."
"Would easily recommend to others if they had a potential class action."

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Get up to speed on Class Actions

Submit your details to download our expert's review of developments in Class Actions for 2019/2018 and to stay up-to-date.

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.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

In a decision on Wednesday this week, Justice Parker of the NSW Supreme Court refused to approve both a common fund order and the quantum of the plaintiff’s solicitors’ costs.

02 August 2019

Western Australia is poised to adopt its own class actions regime, after the introduction of the Civil Procedure (Representative Proceedings) Bill 2019 (WA) into State Parliament on 26 June 2019 ...

28 June 2019

A California Court has ordered Monsanto to pay $2.055 billion in damages to two individuals diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) over allegations that the company failed to warn consumers that...

29 May 2019

The Federal Court of Australia ordered that two of the three class actions which had been filed against GetSwift Ltd be permanently stayed, with only one to proceed.

30 July 2018

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