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Class Actions Poolside series

17 December 2020 | Australia



We have re-branded our Class Actions Fireside Series for the summer months!

Join our leading class action experts, poolside, for an informal discussion as they unpack the headlines, explain the issues and share their views on the latest class action developments. In this series, we present 15-20 minute sessions designed to bring you quickly up to speed, in what is a significant and rapidly changing area of risk for Australian organisations.

Contact us with your feedback on sessions, suggestions for topic areas of interest or for any further information.


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2020 Our reflections on Class Actions in Australia

Previous episodes



CLASS ACTION POOLSIDE EP12: The rise of state-based class action regimes

In this episode, Damian Grave, Elizabeth Poulos, Ante Golem and Leah Watterson discuss the rise of state-based class action regimes and highlight some of the key issues that have arisen to date.


CLASS ACTION FIRESIDE EP11: Class actions and regulatory investigations: the key strategy considerations

In this episode, Jason Betts, Ruth Overington and Peter Butler discuss the interrelationship between regulatory activity and class action activity and the strategic matters to consider when responding to investigations in this context.


CLASS ACTION FIRESIDE EP10: Compare and contrast: Australia v US

Join the conversation in Episode 10, as Christine Tran, Aoife Xuereb and Maxwell Herman compare and contrast the US and Australian class action environments, and reference products and securities litigation in both jurisdictions. 


CLASS ACTION FIRESIDE EP9: Class Actions: Myths and Misconceptions

In this episode, Peter Holloway, Harry Edwards and Leah Watterson discuss and address common misconceptions and misunderstandings about aspects of the class action regime.


CLASS ACTION FIRESIDE EP8: Class action settlements: strategic considerations for mediation

In this episode, Ante Golem, Cameron Hanson and Gregg Rowan discuss the important considerations that help to inform the settlement of a class action, including the preparation for virtual mediations given current Covid-19 restrictions.


Class Action Fireside EP7: Brave New World of Class Action Litigation Funding

In this episode, our financial services regulation expert Fiona Smedley joins Ruth Overington, Christine Tran and Elizabeth Poulos to discuss the controversial new funding regulations applicable to litigation funding schemes used in class actions and its potential impact on class action proceedings.


Class Action Fireside EP6: Myer shareholder class action

In this episode, our expert panel discuss the Myer shareholder class action which was the first shareholder class action in Australia to proceed to judgment. Justice Beach was the Trial Judge in that class action and in this podcast we explore some of the issues in that case and with shareholder class actions in Australia.


Class Action Fireside EP5: Product liability class actions

In this episode, our expert panel discuss the suitability of the class action regime for mass product liability claims, particularly those involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices and general consumer products where personal injury is alleged.


Class Action Fireside EP4: What's next for class actions?

In this episode, our expert panel, including Peter Butler, Alan Mitchell and Leah Watterson, share their thoughts on what’s next for class actions, having regard to emerging trends, the current economic climate and Covid-19.


Class Action Fireside EP3: Future of shareholder class actions

In this episode, our expert panel reflects on the current debate surrounding shareholder class actions, the Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response) Determination No 2 and how further reform urged by some stakeholders might play out.


Class Action Fireside EP2: Litigation funding in Australia

Our expert panel discusses the growth in litigation funding in Australia, common fund orders and contingency fees, regulation of funders and the link to the recently announced Parliamentary Committee inquiry.


Class Action Fireside EP1: Recent reform wrap-up

Cut through all the noise of the recent class action reforms, as our expert panel unpacks the headlines and explains the issues and how it might impact you and the future trajectory of class action activity.




Where to next? The class actions landscape in 2020

On Thursday 3 September we hosted a client webinar to discuss some of the key issues currently shaping the class actions landscape in 2020.

Myer: the first shareholder class action judgment in Australia

The first superior court judgment in a shareholder class action in Australia has been handed down by Justice Beach of the Federal Court of Australia in TPT Patrol Pty Ltd as trustee for Amies Superannuation Fund v Myer Holdings Ltd. 

Funded class actions under the spotlight: Australian Federal Government introduces new regulations

On 24 July 2020, the Australian Federal Government introduced new regulations, removing the ‘managed investment scheme’ (MIS) and other financial services regulatory exemptions that apply for litigation funding schemes used in class actions.

Australian Federal Government eases continuous disclosure rules

On the 25 May, the Australian Federal Government modified the continuous disclosure provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) in an effort to provide temporary relief to companies and officers for a six month period from Tuesday 26 May 2020.

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