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Lorne Franks

Senior Associate
Lorne Franks

Lorne Franks is a Senior Associate in Maurice Blackburn’s class actions department in Melbourne, where he has worked on some of the most significant and complex cases in Australian legal history. He is a dedicated and experienced lawyer with a passion for social justice and a track record of achieving outstanding results for his clients.

Practice Area

Class actions


BA (Hons), LLM(JD)

Currently, Lorne is part of a dedicated team working on the Roundup class action, which seeks compensation for people who have developed cancer after using the herbicide. This case represents an important effort to hold one of the world’s biggest companies accountable on behalf of the affected individuals.

Other landmark class actions that Lorne has worked on include:

  • The Slater & Gordon class action, which revolved around allegations that the law firm misled investors about the acquisition that led to the firm’s downfall. The case was settled, together with the settlement of related claims against the company’s auditors and legal advisers, for a combined total of $105.5 million.
  • The Centro class action, which focused on allegations that Centro failed to disclose the true extent and maturity of its debts to the market. The case settled for a total of $200 million and remains the largest settlement achieved in any shareholder class action in Australia.

Lorne has also worked extensively on personal injury and social justice cases. He has represented clients who have suffered due to exposure to hazardous substances like asbestos and ionising radiation in courts and tribunals throughout Australia. Lorne has also advocated for the rights of asylum seekers who have experienced serious injuries while in immigration detention.

Lorne says: “I became a lawyer because I wanted to use my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact. I am honoured to work on behalf of people who are suffering through no fault of their own, but due to the negligence or misconduct of powerful entities.”

“Class actions serve as a means for everyday Australians to seek justice when they have been wronged on a large scale. They are an extension of our firm's mission to advocate for injured people."

He has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Australian National University and a Juris Doctor from Monash University.


  • Australian Lawyers Alliance member
  • Law Institute of Victoria member

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