Miranda Nagy is a Principal in Maurice Blackburn's class actions department in Sydney. She is currently responsible for the Cash Converters Queensland class actions alleging that unfair credit fees were levied on vulnerable consumers, and she also works on the Treasury Wine Estates class action in relation to alleged contraventions of market disclosure laws.
Miranda is an experienced and careful litigator with a strong commitment to fighting for the rights of everyday people. She has strong technical expertise in class action law and across corporate, commercial, tort and public law, a passion for social justice, and the discipline and tenacity required to run and win complex and lengthy litigation to get real outcomes for her clients. She is highly experienced in the conduct and management of complex litigation and has acted for a number of Commonwealth regulators. Doyles Guide lists Miranda as a litigation and dispute resolution rising star lawyer in Australia.
Miranda’s strong interest in practising in this quickly evolving area of law was honed early in her career.
“I started at Maurice Blackburn as a junior lawyer in 2004, after spending a year as Associate to Justice K E Lindgren QC in the Federal Court of Australia,” says Miranda.
“At Maurice Blackburn, I cut my teeth in class action litigation when it was really starting to develop in the mid-2000s. I then spent five years as a barrister in NSW in civil and commercial practice before returning to the class action practice at this firm because it is the pre-eminent class actions practice in Australia and an incredibly stimulating and rewarding place to work.”
Miranda also has extensive tribunal experience, first with the Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal NSW (now NCAT), and then with the Mental Health Review Tribunal, where she held a statutory appointment as a part-time legal member from August 2012 to August 2016, determining matters under the Mental Health Act (NSW) involving people with complex mental health needs.
Her significant class actions experience includes:
- running the landmark consumer rights class action against Australian payday giant Cash Converters over their payday loans in NSW, and obtaining a $23m settlement for over 35,000 people
- the class action against the State of NSW in relation to false imprisonment of young people by NSW Police who relied on incorrect bail information
- the Amcor Limited and Visy Board Pty Ltd class action, which settled for $95 million for thousands of victims of price fixing and market rigging, and
- a number of other class actions involving managed investment schemes.
“I enjoy being a class action lawyer because it demands intellectual rigour and creativity. It also embraces my real passion for using the law to vindicate the rights of those who are most vulnerable.
“I can’t stand people and companies beating up on the powerless. Class action law is a very powerful tool for enforcing proper corporate behaviour and accountability to shareholders and the public. I have a strong conviction that the community should be able to expect our governments and the companies we deal with to comply with the law and not circumvent legal protections that have been hard fought for and won.
“Maurice Blackburn’s class actions practice is constantly breaking new ground in our cases – we’ve extended the class action procedure beyond personal injury, cartel and corporate disclosure cases to those involving consumer credit, environmental law and intentional torts.
Our class actions often make new legal precedent, and that’s very exciting because our cases assist the law’s development so it can respond to the changing needs of society. It’s a great thing to do work that is of real benefit to the community.”
Accreditations & memberships
- Law Society of NSW member
- Maurice Blackburn Women's Network NSW co-convenor
- The Sunrise Project Australia Ltd, founding and present director
- Mental Health Review Tribunal (NSW) former part-time legal member
- Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal (NSW) former member
- Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee former member