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Ruth Overington

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Ruth is a commercial litigation lawyer who is a specialist in class action litigation and regulatory investigations.

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Experience

Ruth acts for clients involved in some of the largest class actions in Australia. Ruth also regularly advises clients in relation to regulatory investigations and directors and officers liability insurance issues.

Recent experience includes:

  • acting for ANZ in relation to an ASIC prosecution concerning responsible lending
  • acting for an ASX Listed company in relation to an ASIC continuous disclosure investigation
  • acting for Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited in its defence of a product liability class action
  • acting for AusNet Services in relation to the Black Saturday bushfires. This involved representing AusNet Services in the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, 8 civil proceedings including 3 separate class actions and 3 coronial investigations
  • acting for Lufthansa Cargo AG in its defence of the Australian air cargo class action concerning an alleged cartel arrangement
  • acting for a former senior executive of a S&P/ASX 200 company in connection with an investigation by ASIC regarding suspected contraventions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) in relation to the company’s financial accounts

 

Background

Ruth holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne in which she specialised in the areas of directors’ duties, shareholder class actions and directors and officer’s liability insurance.

Ruth is admitted as a solicitor and a barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria and each of the courts in the Federal jurisdiction.