Class Actions


Led by Partner, Patrick Mead, our team have defended class actions representing hundreds of millions of dollars.

Our team has advised in the defence of some of Australia’s most notable class actions – including the successful appeal against liability relating to property damage caused by the Queensland floods in 2011.

We recognise class action lawsuits pose significant financial and reputational risks. Our proactive litigation defense strategies are aimed at achieving the best possible outcome in a timely manner.

From the initial stages of case evaluation through to discovery and trial, our team use their expertise, reputation as a trusted advisor, and passion for the profession to create a robust defense tailored to each case.

We have successfully defended class action claims – securing favorable outcomes through settlements, dismissals, and favorable verdicts at trial.

Our commitment to high-performance, together with our extensive experience and depth of team, has resulted in our clients trusting us to defend their class actions.

Our class action experience:

  • Acting for one of the tower insurers for Seqwater in defence of the class action brought by 4,302 claimants against Sunwater and the State of Queensland. Our team were instrumental in the decision to pursue the appeal which ultimately brought a conclusion to Seqwater’s involvement and liability in the matter – representing a potential loss of $220 million.
  • Acting on behalf of the tower insurer for McDonalds Australia Limited in the McDonald’s Breaks Class Action relating to 10 minute paid breaks for employees working shifts of four hours or more. The proceedings involved the breach of Award and Enterprise Bargaining provisions. The class action proceedings are still active.
  • Acting on behalf of the tower insurer in a case brought by 130 Michelle’s Patisserie franchisees against Australian franchisor Retail Food Group – who own franchise brands including Donut King, Gloria Jeans, Brumbies and Crust pizza – relating to allegations of unconscionable conduct and false and misleading claims in breach of the franchising code. We provided comprehensive coverage advice, including formulating a ‘road map’ for the path forward following the outcome of the proceedings.

The team