Mitigating risk. Strategic defence. Ready for future challenges.
A company is more likely to face a class action in Australia than almost any other country apart from the United States. A plaintiff-friendly class action regime, an entrepreneurial legal market and an active (and largely unregulated) third party funding market all contribute to this risk. For an overview of the current Australian class action landscape, click here.
If a class action is threatened or commenced against your organisation, it is important to resist knee jerk reactions and to instead engage in an objective assessment of risk from day one. As a preventative measure, it is also important to be conscious of the types of conduct that may give rise to class action risk in your business, and to ensure appropriate systems are in place to minimise the risk of that conduct occurring. It is also prudent to have plans in place so that, should something go awry, the response can be swift and based on an objective assessment of risk.
How we can help
The breadth and depth of our experience across all sectors gives our team the practical knowledge and insights to deal with the unique legal, strategic and reputational issues that arise when a class action is threatened or commenced.
Embedding class action risk mitigation strategies across your business is essential. We work with you to ensure you're prepared for what lies ahead, assisting with the identification of risk and the implementation of protection measures to avoid the risk crystallising in a claim.
Addressing the issues that arise in the course of a class action requires specialised knowledge and expertise. Entrusting the defence of a class action to lawyers who are not class action experts involves unnecessary risk. From years of experience, we are well versed in the drivers of class action promoters and the regulatory landscape. Accessing our unrivalled expertise will ensure you are one step ahead at all times.
Ready for future challenges
Class actions practice has changed substantially in recent years as the areas of risk continue to evolve. Our team is scanning the horizon for tomorrow's challenges, from cyber attacks and data breaches to claims relating to the transformation of healthcare. We're at the forefront of the discussion regarding reform and defending the cutting edge claims which continue to shape the modern class action practice.