HWL Ebsworth defended a corporate entity in the very first shareholder class action in Australia and, since then, has developed significant experience defending class action law suits for corporates, insurers and individuals.
The roles we have undertaken have involved exposure to some of the most significant class actions in Australia. Our experience covers ASIC representative proceedings and privately run class actions, covering areas including shareholder class actions, financial product and investor class actions, consumer class actions, natural disaster or property damage claims and product liability actions.
We understand the significant reputational risk a class action poses to any brand if not carefully managed, and are able to add significant value here – having a wealth of experience working with PR and crisis managers, brand managers and other key stakeholders to ensure a clear and effective strategy is implemented as the matter progresses in Court. We are also practised in managing the additional complexities of dealing with class actions funded by external funders and how this impacts on settlement strategies.
As the only Australian law firm with truly national presence, we have the resources and depth to allocate to a class action matter in any jurisdiction, and can quickly and efficiently increase resourcing when required. Our national team has strong experience working seamlessly across large multi-jurisdictional matters.
Class actions have the ability to inflict significant cost impact upon a business, ultimately decreasing profitability. Our other key differentiator in this area of law lies in the value proposition we offer clients – our leading expertise is provided at highly competitive rates, ultimately providing a more cost effective solution.
We work with you to protect your operations, your brand, and your company.