Practice area(s): Class actions
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): BComm, LLB (Hons)

Anthony O’Brien is an experienced, hard-working Special Counsel with international class actions experience working in Maurice Blackburn’s Melbourne office.

Anthony is currently working on the QBE shareholder class action, which alleges that QBE breached its disclosure obligations to its investors.

Anthony brings an international perspective to his class actions practice, and is admitted to practice law in Australia and Canada - two of the most active class action jurisdictions in the world.

Before joining Maurice Blackburn, Anthony practised at Canada’s preeminent plaintiff class action law firm, where he focused on shareholder class actions. He was involved in the prosecution and successful resolution of a number of shareholder class actions where he represented retail and institutional investors against public companies alleging misrepresentations in prospectuses, continuous disclosure documents and in the context of takeover transactions.

Prior to practising in the class action area, Anthony practised in corporate and securities law, working on capital-raising and M&A transactions involving publicly traded companies.

“That exposure to corporate practice provided me with a valuable insight into, and understanding of, disclosure practices and corporate governance standards for public companies and the operation of the capital markets generally, which I am able to take advantage of in my work on shareholder class actions in Australia,” says Anthony.

“I was drawn to class actions because it is a unique practice area. It affords me the opportunity to achieve outcomes that are positive for society and it is also intellectually stimulating.

“Class actions provide a mechanism for everyday Australians to achieve justice in circumstances where that would not otherwise be economically feasible, and in doing so to ensure that wrongdoers are held accountable for their behaviour. As an area of practice that is still relatively new and developing, I have the opportunity to tackle novel legal issues. It is rewarding to practice with Maurice Blackburn, which is at the vanguard of class actions practice in Australia.”

Anthony also appreciates the social justice aspect of class actions.

“First and foremost, I am driven by the desire to ensure that the class members who I am representing receive the best compensation possible. I am also motivated by the positive collateral benefits that flow from achieving a good result for the class members, namely ensuring that the wrongdoer is held to account and deterring similar behaviour by others.”

Anthony has published a number of journal articles and book chapters relating to class actions in Canada. He holds Honours in Laws and a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Memberships & accreditations

  • Law Institute of Victoria member