Alexander Morris

Alexander Morris

Alex is one of Australia’s leading complex commercial litigation and regulatory inquiry partners. Having acted on a variety of high profile matters in recent years, Alex regularly provides strategic advice to executive management and boards of listed companies and major financial intermediaries on significant corporate and commercial litigation, regulatory inquiries and parliamentary hearings, with a particular focus on financial services, governance issues and whitecollar misconduct. 

Representative matters

Work includes representing:

  • National Australia Bank in defending the consumer credit insurance class action brought by Slater & Gordon (ongoing).
  • Fairfax Media in court aspects of the merger by scheme of arrangement with Nine Entertainment Co.  
  • John Kinghorn in defending tax related charges brought by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (ongoing).
  • Suncorp Group in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
  • Woolworths in defending the shareholder class action brought by Maurice Blackburn (ongoing).
  • Brickworks in successfully defending a shareholder oppression claim advanced by Perpetual Investment Management Limited concerning the cross-shareholding between Brickworks and Soul Pattinson.
  • National Australia Bank in the defence and settlement of ASIC civil penalty proceedings alleging manipulation of the BBSW benchmark rate.
  • Woolworths in successfully staying Federal Court proceedings and then resolving arbitral proceedings concerning the termination of the Masters joint venture with Lowe’s.
  • National Australia Bank in resolving an ASIC investigation of global foreign exchange trading through entry into an enforceable undertaking.
  • John Kinghorn in making the first successful court challenge in 20 years against findings of corrupt conduct made by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
  • UBS and UBS Securities Australia in relation to an ASIC investigation and Parliamentary hearing into changes to an analyst’s research report on electricity privatisation during the 2015 NSW Election Campaign.
  • BNP Paribas in resolving an ASIC investigation regarding BBSW submissions through entry into an enforceable undertaking.
  • National Australia Bank in resolving a major ASIC investigation of index arbitrage trading through entry into an enforceable undertaking.
  • PwC in defending class action claims concerning the collapse of the Centro group.
  • Brookfield Multiplex in proceedings in which the Full Federal Court declared that litigation funding arrangements concerning the Wembley National Stadium class action were an unlawful managed investment scheme.
  • Brookfield Multiplex in an ASIC investigation and subsequent class action proceedings related to ASX disclosures concerning the Wembley National Stadium project.

Qualifications

  • Partner, King & Wood Mallesons (1 March 2012 to date)
  • Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques (1 January 2012 to 29 February 2012)
  • Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques (2007 to 2011)
  • Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney (2002 to 2006)
  • Graduate Diploma of Laws, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours and University Medal), University of Sydney

Alex’s abilities are acknowledged by Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers and Legal500.  He presents the Australian Financial Markets Association’s training courses on Market Misconduct and Insider Trading (which are used by legal and compliance staff from major financial intermediaries) and has lectured at the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and New South Wales on evidence, financial services regulation and conflicts of interest. He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne Law School and an adjunct Faculty Member of the University of Sydney Law School.


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Legal insights

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

ASIC chairman James Shipton has indicated that the regulator intends to have public hearings about responsible lending practices.

27 June 2019

This article was authored by Lyndon Goddard, Alex Morris and Peta Stevenson.      On 10 April 2019, the Commonwealth Attorney-General announced that the Australian Law Reform...

06 May 2019

Since our last article “ATE insurance and implications for class actions in Australia”, published in 2014, filing rates for class actions in Australia have steadily increased year on year.

03 May 2019

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