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Ken Adams


Ken is a commercial litigation specialist with class action expertise. 



Ken has conducted class actions which have been judicially described as being the largest in Australian legal history.

He is one of a handful of solicitors in Australia regarded by his peers for ‘Bet-the-company’ litigation and has previously been the ‘Class Action Lawyer of the Year’, Victoria (Best Lawyers Australia) having conducted disputes in state Supreme Courts, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia, and numerous specialist tribunals.

Ken is a co-author of the first and now leading text in Australia on class actions, Class Actions in Australia

He is a ‘leading individual’ in Legal 500, in which Herbert Smith Freehills is ranked first tier, a frequent speaker on legal issues and in particular class actions. He is also a member of Herbert Smith Freehills’ 12 member Council, the ultimate governance body of the firm.

Ken helps clients with multi-faceted disputes and regulatory problems, drawing on his experience as a partner for over 20 years.

Ken's recent and current matters include:

  • Newcrest shareholder class action
  • Timbercorp class action (success at every level including the High Court of Australia)
  • Black Saturday bushfire class actions
  • ANZ Bank in the Oswal litigation
  • Recently appointed by Essendon Football Club to assist with player claims

Ken frequently advises senior executives and boards of Australian listed companies on complex matters.