Class Actions Landscape Australia

Welcome to the first in a regular series of insights into the rapidly evolving Australian class action landscape, brought to you by the nation's leading class action experts at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

In an historic joint sitting of the Federal Court and the New South Wales Supreme Court, critical class action issues including whether court has power to make common fund orders and whether such orders are beyond judicial power or unconstitutional were determined – with both courts independently reaching the same conc... Read more

In the Bellamy’s shareholder matter there are parallel securities class actions running and this issue concerns the respondent applying for ‘costs-cap... Read more

The AMP shareholder class action has sparked rivalry between not only the plaintiff firms seeking carriage of the case, but also between the Federal a... Read more

In response to the frenzy of anti-suit activity brought about by the AMP carriage battle, a protocol for communication and cooperation between the Sup... Read more

This MCI class action was purportedly discontinued without approval under s 33V – this update regards an application to approve discontinuance and to ... Read more


Bushfire class actions are hard to run and harder to win, a lesson Maddens learned the hard way with its proceeding summarily dismissed as having no r... Read more

An application by Clayton Utz for ‘hard’ class closure order was dismissed as "wholly inappropriate". Read more

When Piper Alderman ran into difficulty with its key expert witness just prior to trial in the Discovery Metals shareholder class action, its applicat... Read more

An application by Deloitte partners to be excused from compliance with, or otherwise to discharge an order requiring them to produce documents was dis... Read more

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Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Melbourne

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Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Melbourne

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Ben Slade

State Managing Principal, Office leader, Class actions, Sydney

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Rebecca Gilsenan

Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Sydney

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Miranda Nagy

Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Sydney

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Principal Lawyer, Class actions, Sydney

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Principal, Class actions, Brisbane

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