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What the team is known for Highly regarded, independent practice, renowned for its representation of high net worth and other prominent individuals and increasingly seen handling matters for leading corporates, including high-profile regulatory investigations and prosecutions, where it attracts specific praise for its familiarity with Royal Commission processes. Active for both defendants and plaintiffs in class actions and valued by clients for its combination of a boutique-style approach to service with a readiness to engage with large and complex issues, notably including those involving high levels of reputational risk. Particularly admired for its handling of insolvency-related matters, robust advocacy on behalf of clients and employment of small, carefully selected teams to manage mandates with maximum efficiency.
Strengths The practice scores particularly highly for its grasp of corporate realities, one client reporting: "We chose ABL for these matters because they involve highly complex situations that require both legal expertise and a commercially pragmatic mindset, devoted to obtaining favourable business outcomes." Another similarly characterises the team as "highly pragmatic, flexible, commercially astute and practical."
Clients are also in broad agreement that this is a group of "high-quality practitioners," one noting that team members "have deep expertise in every legal area, are responsive to requests and are extremely diligent and well connected," while another says: "ABL are at the top of the tree in terms of responsiveness and consistently high quality of work."
Work highlights Advised both Japara Healthcare and Opal Aged Care on all aspects of their interactions with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, including the preparation of witnesses and of submissions to the Commission.
John Mitchell represents both individual executives and companies in high-stakes cases, including regulatory investigations and class actions. Clients value his "broad experience," one calling him a "highly skilled practitioner, patient and considered in his advice, highly pragmatic, commercially sound and practical in his approach."
Jonathan Milner stands out for his representation of individual businesspeople in a variety of contentious or potentially contentious contexts, including regulatory investigations, class actions and criminal prosecutions. A client who calls him "an outstanding lawyer in his chosen field" says: "He is hard-working, dedicated and committed to his clients, and his advice is always considered, pragmatic and commercial."
Leon Zwier acts across the full range of issues handled by the team, regularly taking the helm on key mandates. One client calls him a "superb lawyer with a razor-sharp mind" who is "always available and responsive, despite his workload," while another cites his "unmatched ability to rapidly identify and distil the critical challenges and opportunities of our most complex litigation matters."
Susanna Ford 's background as a former official in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department is acknowledged by market sources to give her an uncommon advantage in the disputes space, where she is active across a wide range of investigatory and contentious mandates. Seen in the market as "very good at what she does," particularly when acting on behalf of individuals, she is described by one client as "always responsive, super fast at processing issues, options and a recommended response, and committed to hard and excellent work."