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 and governance issues.

Highlights of Alex’s experience include representing:

  • Brickworks in 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 of ASIC civil penalty proceedings alleging manipulation of the BBSW benchmark rate.
  • Woolworths in defending Federal Court and 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.
  • Brookfield Multiplex in defending proceedings alleging breaches of duty by the responsible entity of a managed investment scheme arising from an entitlement offer.
  • 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.
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland in defending a class action brought on behalf of former financial planning customers relating to the alleged mis-selling of complex financial products.
  • 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.

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Alex presents 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.


Legal insights

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate and Financial Sector Penalties) Bill 2018 was passed by Parliament on 18 February 2019.

19 February 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.

24 May 2018

Class action settlements and settlement distribution schemes are increasingly being scrutinised by courts.

10 May 2018

The Civil and Administrative Tribunal of New South Wales does not have jurisdiction to hear matters between residents of different States.

20 April 2018