DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Clayton Utz

Dispute Resolution

4 ranked lawyersBand 2AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Substantial group, acknowledged for the depth and continuity of its team, and offering a versatile range of expertise, notably including banking, construction, energy and resources, and public sector representation. Prominent in the class action defence and regulatory investigation spaces, and frequently in receipt of inbound referrals from international firms, the practice is also increasingly seen on product liability and consumer remediation scheme mandates. Also raising its profile where the representation of individual executives in both civil and potentially criminal matters is concerned.

Strengths

Numerous sources concur in identifying this as "a very strong litigation practice" operating close to the top of the market, one client observing: "They are fantastic at what they do, and very good for complex disputes in particular."

Another source identifies a number of this practice's key strengths: "Their consistency across the board is deeply impressive. They are able to handle the most difficult work with aplomb and they are very commercial, very responsive and always have a recommendation to make."

Work highlights

Advised Nasdaq-listed casino operator Melco on its interaction with a statutory inquiry, initiated by the New South Wales Independent Gaming and Liquor Authority, into the client's acquisition of shares in Crown Resorts and related issues.

Notable practitioners

Colin Loveday is regularly identified by interviewees as a strong practitioner on product liability issues with experience on cases in the medical sector. He is particularly rich in experience of managing class action cases and coordinating matters with cross-jurisdictional issues.

Nicholas Mavrakis acts prominently for leading players in the financial services and resources spheres on high-profile investigatory and regulatory mandates. Market sources acknowledge his "top reputation" as a "good and very polished performer," while clients appreciate the close attention he pays to their commercial imperatives.

Ross McInnes acts principally on regulatory, enforcement and consumer remediation issues, being best known for his work on financial institutions, though his experience also covers the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. A client reports that he maintains "a good grasp of matters, is extremely responsive to client needs and works extremely well with senior stakeholders up to CEO level."

Consultant Sidney Wang maintains his "excellent reputation," built up over more than 40 years in practice, in the disputes space, market sources acknowledging his continuing presence on high-profile mandates.

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Australia

Dispute Resolution


Colin Loveday
Band 3
Nicholas Mavrakis
Band 3
Ross McInnes
Band 5
Sidney Wang
Senior Statespeople