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MinterEllison

Dispute Resolution

3 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

MinterEllison maintains a large disputes practice with a broad national and international footprint, a substantial cross-jurisdictional offering for the Asia-Pacific region and a depth of resources to cover all major business sectors. Signature strengths include the handling of shareholder class actions, regulatory investigations and prosecutions, and disputes relating to infrastructure for an impressive range of corporate and government clients. Frequently seen on high-profile financial services-related disputes and on matters subject to domestic or international arbitration. Applauded for maintaining a very high level of service and enjoys a significant level of client confidence in its ability to manage large or complex matters. Notable clients include Crown Resorts, Qantas and Stanwell.

Strengths

A client ascribes several enviable qualities to the MinterEllison disputes team, including "bringing good commercial acumen and an understanding of business priorities to their advice," "good soft skills in addition to strong technical legal skills," and "strong knowledge of the practice and procedures of class actions and of the personalities of others engaged in the process."

The MinterEllison practice also draws praise from another client who emphasises its "highly valued strategic advice," "excellent client care" and "highly regarded capacity to advise our board on complex legal/commercial matters in such a way as to help achieve ready decisions."

Work highlights

MinterEllison represented aged care provider Estia Health in a Federal Court class action brought on the alleged grounds of Estia having breached continuous disclosure obligations and engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in respect of drops in its share price in 2016. The team helped to broker a AUD38.4 million settlement of the action, in which plaintiff claims had exceeded AUD100 million.

Notable practitioners

Beverley Newbold handles high-profile matters in the class action and regulatory spheres from the Sydney office, often acting on behalf of some of Australia's household-name companies – or their individual executives – on both domestic and cross-border mandates. Widely respected for her class action expertise, she also wins praise as a "responsive, excellent communicator" who stands out for her "capacity to synthesise complex commercial matters" and as a lawyer who is "very adroit at offering wise counsel and carefully assisting the client to navigate through difficult choices."

Richard Murphy offers particularly extensive experience of matters in which businesses or individual business executives face allegations of various forms of market misconduct. One commentator says of him: "Richard is calm under pressure, insightful and very charming, but he has a steel spine and fiercely protects and advances the interests of his clients." He is based in Melbourne.

Ross Freeman is based in Melbourne and brings more than a quarter of a century's experience to a variety of dispute mandate types, in which class actions, regulatory investigations and alleged instances of market misconduct feature particularly prominently. "He quickly understands what's required," says a client, "and gets it right."

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Australia

Dispute Resolution


Beverley Newbold
Band 4
Richard Murphy
Band 5
Ross Freeman
Band 4