Class Actions - Australia

The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2020/2021

In a year of record cases and radical reshaping of the class action litigation industry, we are excited to share with you our annual flagship publication The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2020/21

In this year’s report:

  • We breakdown a record number of claims – at least 63 new class actions filed, with consumer and government actions rising as securities claims decline.
  • We examine why, 15 years since the landmark Fostif case found litigation funding was not an ‘abuse of process,’ litigation funder-backed cases have fallen to their lowest level in 7 years –
    as new federal regulations and the introduction of a contingency fee regime in Victoria reshape the market.
  • We look ahead, to map a landscape poised for further change, as the Federal Government contemplates wide-ranging reform recommendations.

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A track record of excellence and ingenuity in Class Actions

Defending class action proceedings demands both procedural finesse and subject matter mastery. You need a clear-eyed view of the merits of the substantive claim in order to craft a strategy that works within the class action procedure. 

King & Wood Mallesons offers a large and specialised class action team with the subject matter expertise, procedural skills and track record. Our partners are recognised for thinking outside of the box, not adopting cookie cutter solutions, and identifying the individual points that will drive the best solution available for our clients, be it financial products, product liability, public liability or competition.

Industry recognition

Tier 1, Legal 500 - Dispute Resolution: Class Actions, 2021

“Second to none in providing first-rate strategic advice and in managing complex litigation in a sensible and pragmatic fashion”. – Client quote, 2021

Would easily recommend to others if they had a potential class action.– Client quote, 2021

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The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2019/2020

This year’s edition will be of wide interest given the current class actions landscape and regulatory reform. It deals with topics including the impact of COVID-19, changes to continuous disclosure laws and COVID-related class actions.

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.


Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

In year of record cases and radical reshaping of the class action litigation industry, we are excited to share with you our annual flagship publication The Review: Class Actions in Australia 2020-21.

22 September 2021

At least 60 class actions were filed in Australia between 1 July 2020 and 30 April 2021.

24 May 2021

In a world first, New Zealand has introduced a Bill requiring companies in the financial sector to disclose the impact of climate change on their businesses.

20 April 2021

In Wigmans v AMP Limited & Ors [2021] HCA 7, the High Court of Australia (by a 3:2 majority) dismissed an appeal against the decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

12 March 2021

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