Clifford Chance is well regarded for its representation of a blue-chip domestic and international clientele in complex arbitration and litigation mandates, notably including class actions and matters of high reputational significance. Frequently engaged for prominent energy and resources, investment treaty arbitration, multiple class action and cross-border regulatory investigation work, and highly prized for its closely integrated global network and swift redeployment of appropriate expertise between offices. Also significantly active in the handling of cases involving auditing and financial reporting issues. Noted clients include Epic Games, EY and Tantalum International.
A client who reports that "the Clifford Chance team were just fantastic" in a particular matter adds: "They were very calming and reassuring and would always bring things back to the facts. It was really important to me that they were so attentive and detail-oriented and I came to really trust and rely on them."
Another client praises the Clifford Chance practice as one that "takes extra steps to make clients feel comfortable and in control" and that, while "dedicated to achieving the best outcome for their clients," "will never, unlike some firms, over-promise."
Clifford Chance acted for Deloitte and Deloitte Corporate Finance in Federal Court shareholder class action proceedings arising out of the 2012 collapse of the Hastie Group and relating specifically to a 2011 capital raising with which Deloitte was involved.
Sam Luttrell is based in Perth and devotes much of his practice to the resolution through arbitration of disputes arising from the natural resources sector, commanding particular respect for his handling of investor-state mandates. Valued for his particularly "smart and commercial" approach, he is identified by one interviewee as "the leading arbitration specialist in Western Australia."
Ben Luscombe co-heads the Clifford Chance disputes team from the Perth office and offers particularly extensive experience in the management of significant disputes originating in the resources sector. He often acts on cross-border mandates and is also thoroughly conversant with arbitration processes.
Tim Grave maintains a broad commercial contentious practice, acting frequently on matters concerning contractual disputes, directors' duties and white-collar crime issues. Clients praise him as a lawyer who "works round the clock when we need to achieve deadlines" and who, although "across the subject matter and very detail-oriented," retains "his ability to explain legal subjects simply." He is based in Sydney.
Angela Pearsall co-heads the Clifford Chance disputes team from the Sydney office and stands out for her handling of large-scale commercial litigation in the Australian market, notably including class actions generated by significant insolvency-related disputes. Market sources acknowledge her as a "very good litigator," one remarking: "I would refer a matter to her any day of the week."