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Jason Betts

Partner

Sydney
Australia

Jason is an Australian disputes partner specialising in class action litigation.

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Experience

Jason is one of Australia’s premier class action lawyers and also specialises in complex litigation, crisis management and regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

Jason has acted in Australia’s largest class actions, including the majority of Australia’s major securities litigation. He lead the defence of Australia’s largest ever product liability class action and acted in the seminal decision on third party litigation funding in Australia – Fostif.

Jason has been recognised in Best Lawyers for the "Litigation", "Class Action Litigation" or "Product Liability" categories each year since his admission to partnership (2010 - 2016). He has also been recognised in Chambers Asia Pacific in 2015 and 2016 as a notable practitioner/leading individual with HSF's Dispute Resolution - Band 1 ranking.

In 2012, Jason co-authored the second edition of “Class Actions in Australia”, the country’s leading text on class action law and practice. 

Jason’s experience includes the following matters:

  • acting for OZ Minerals in three shareholder class actions, the most recent arising out of the merger between Oxiana and Zinifex
  • defending Newcrest Mining Limited in one of Australia’s largest shareholder class action regarding disclosures associated with Newcrest’s FY14 gold production guidance
  • defended DePuy and Johnson & Johnson in Australia’s largest products liability class action in respect of hip replacement prostheses, culminating in a 19 week trial in the Federal Court of Australia
  • defended Centro in several funded shareholder class actions alleging contraventions of Australian securities laws regarded as one of the most complex class actions in Australian history

Background

Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney, as well as a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia, where he specialised in class action defence.