Queenslanders to get access to justice via class actions

5 August 2016
Australia’s leading class actions law firm, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, has welcomed moves by the Palaszczuk Government to remedy a major gap in the Queensland legal system by introducing a state-based class actions regime.

National Head of Class Actions at Maurice Blackburn, Andrew Watson, said it was a significant step the Government was taking in providing greater access to justice for Queenslanders.

“For almost a quarter of a century, the Australian class actions regime has proven to deliver real justice and benefits to those that would otherwise not be able to pursue their legal rights,” Mr Watson said.

“Now Queenslanders will finally have the option to exercise their rights to access greater avenues of justice in their home state, just as those in NSW and Victoria can.”

Mr Watson said it was critical that the Parliament work together and offer bipartisan support to ensure that the fundamental structure of a new Queensland-based class actions regime is as effective and efficient as the other state-based regimes currently in place, noting that legislation for a class actions regime had previously been introduced by the former state government.

Through its class action work, Maurice Blackburn has delivered more than $2 billion in compensation to victims of mass wrongdoing across Australia – recovering more for victims than any other Australian class action law firm.

Included in that figure are the nation's largest recoveries and the nation's only shareholder class action recoveries in excess of $100 million - a feat the firm has achieved five times already.