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Dispute Resolution

5 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Substantial bench, backed, through the Linklaters alliance, by a global cross-border capability, especially known for its representation of blue-chip financial services, resources and hi-tech industry multinationals, and government clients. Prominent on significant international arbitration and class action mandates. Especially active advising on inquiries and investigations initiated by Australia's regulatory authorities, particularly those involving alleged misconduct in the financial services and energy sectors, and increasingly prominent in resources sector disputes with environmental or climate change-related aspects.

Notable practitioners

Belinda Thompson stands out as a lawyer with "excellent knowledge of a variety of areas of practice" who takes "a rigorous approach," guided by an "exceptionally insightful" mind. A seasoned handler of class action defences and securities litigation, she is particularly familiar with product liability issues and matters arising in the financial services space.

Market sources continue to identify Guy Foster as "a go-to" and pre-eminent practitioner in the disputes space, one emphasising his combination of "excellent black-letter knowledge with great commercial judgement." A client describes him as "an excellent and very responsive adviser whose advice is both commercial and eloquent." He is particularly distinguished for his expertise in class action and regulatory litigation.

Kim Reid is highly recommended by one source for his expertise in "contentious regulatory matters," the same source noting that he "understands the issues, and is very commercial and pragmatic and very user-friendly." Principally active on banking and financial services-related cases, he also regularly advises clients in the resources sector.

Malcolm Stephens offers experience in superior court commercial litigation up to and including High Court level and including frequent involvement in class action and financial regulatory cases. One interviewee notes: "He's so wise and dependable."

Ross Drinnan specialises in class action defence and high-stakes reputational and regulatory litigation, acting frequently for leading financial services providers. His work includes advising on issues which potentially expose clients to criminal prosecution at the instigation of regulatory authorities, and on product liability and professional negligence matters.

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Australia

Dispute Resolution


Belinda Thompson
Band 2
Guy Foster
Band 1
Kim Reid
Band 5
Malcolm Stephens
Band 5
Ross Drinnan
Band 3