Qualification(s): BA, LLB (Hons)
Paul Gillett is a class actions Senior Associate in Maurice Blackburn’s Melbourne office. Paul has more than 15 years’ experience in legal practice and significant expertise in retail banking and finance, consumer credit, consumer protection, trade practices, personal insolvency and debt recovery.
Paul is currently representing over 160,000 claimants in the bank fees class actions brought against Australia's largest banks. The class action took Paul to the High Court of Australia, where he successfully instructed during the Andrews v ANZ proceedings. The case resulted in an historic victory for all Australians who hold bank accounts, regarding the clarification of the operation of the doctrine of penalties.
“My background in community law helps me to understand the individual human stories at the heart of the large complex litigation run by our class actions department,” says Paul.
“The recognition of the human side of these enormous issues is what impels me to bring the fight to these powerful economic and political interests on behalf of thousands of everyday Australians.”
Before joining Maurice Blackburn, Paul was employed as Director of Legal Practice for the Consumer Action Law Centre, where he managed Australia's largest specialist consumer litigation practice, and one of the country's largest public interest law practices.
“Consumer law is the intersection of human rights and economics. Class actions is the most influential platform in which to explore the many complex issues that arise at that intersection. After many years operating in the policy and litigation area of consumer law and community campaigning, I was very lucky to have the opportunity to come to Maurice Blackburn to work on the bank fees class actions.”
Paul is an acknowledged expert in his field and is the author of chapters on consumer and credit law for the LexisNexis Practical Guide, the Fitzroy Legal Service Law Handbook, and the Lawyers Practice Manual Victoria. He is an experienced and popular speaker and educator who has presented at a variety of conferences and seminars, and delivered lectures for the Leo Cussen Institute and the University of Melbourne Master of Laws program.
Paul is regularly quoted in the media regarding the bank fees class action and consumer law. He is currently taking a leave of absence from the firm.
Memberships & accreditations
- Law Institute of Victoria member