Crisis Management & Prevention

In today's fast-paced world, crises can emerge from many directions, and the consequences can be far-reaching. Responding to a crisis requires a nuanced and tailored approach, carefully designed to suit each organisation's unique circumstances and needs. Acting quickly and effectively is key.

While crises can appear unique at first glance, the root causes are often similar. Addressing governance issues, setting and managing risk appetite, and tackling cultural challenges, for example, play a key role in preventing crises and mitigating their impact.

How we can help

Working alongside you to plan for the unexpected in a changing environment

We take a holistic approach to resolving a crisis: our team works alongside your organisation to ensure you are aware of regulatory reforms and new enforcement approaches. From creating and testing crisis readiness plans, to performing governance, culture and risk management reviews and delivering crisis response training, we draw on our broad and deep expertise to ensure you stay on the front foot.

Acting decisively and immediately when faced with an unexpected major incident or crisis

Crises require a swift and coordinated response, taking into account the subject matter and the stakeholders involved. Organisations often need to make decisions based on incomplete facts and within compressed timeframes.

We can mobilise quickly and assemble a team of experts from across our firm to support you. They include regulatory specialists, class action experts, corporate advisers, data and cyber experts, employment law specialists, and our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) team.

Identifying learnings and embedding them in your risk management framework

When the dust settles, it is important to ensure that any lessons learned from the crisis are embedded in your organisation. 


Global Australian-based technology company

Advised a highly regulated technology company regarding a series of cyber events, including a sophisticated hack, the theft of company laptops, and a phishing attack resulting in the compromise of a large amount of sensitive company data and personal information.

Australian gaming and entertainment companies

Acting on behalf of large gaming companies in relation to two Royal Commissions (Victoria and Western Australia), and a Commission of Inquiry (NSW) into their suitability to hold casino licences in those states respectively, subsequent regulatory investigations, a securities class action, and other contentious matters.

Transnational extractive industries company

Conducting an internal investigation, advising on a range of associated legal, risk and compliance issues, and acting on its behalf in a Senate Inquiry stemming from an adverse conduct event.

Global professional services firm

Conducting a series of independent investigations in connection with allegations of bribery of foreign public officials. Advised the company on its engagement with the AFP, ASIC and DFAT, and the multilateral development banks that fund many of the projects that the client works on, such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Australian-based insurance company

Advising the insurer in relation to claims arising under business interruption insurance currently being run as industry test cases and related class action proceedings.

Transnational extractive industries company

Acting in investigations by the AFP, ASIC, Parliamentary Inquiries, the US DOJ and SEC, and UK SFO, and disclosure class actions arising from foreign corruption allegations.