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Ella Van Der Schans

Senior Associate

Ella is a commercial litigation lawyer who specialises in class action litigation and complex commercial disputes. 



Ella has a diverse range of experience in representing and advising clients in complex commercial disputes. 

Ella has expertise in class actions, trade practices & consumer law, regulatory disputes, contractual disputes, property disputes equity and trusts and corporations law. 

Ella has conducted complex litigation in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia, the Magistrates' Court of Victoria and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 

Ella works closely with senior colleagues, counsel and clients to navigate complex legal issues and resolve disputes in a commercially minded fashion. Ella has been recognised as a leading dispute resolution lawyer as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 under 30 awards for 2019. 

Ella is the President of Victorian Women Lawyers which is the peak representative body of women lawyers in Victoria, and a recognised organisation of Australian Women Lawyers.  

Ella's experience includes: 

  • acting for Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited in its defence of a product liability class action
  • acting for ANZ in relation to an ASIC investigation



Ella holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. Ella is admitted to practice in Victoria and in each of the courts in the Federal jurisdiction including the High Court of Australia. 

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