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Class actions Different perspectives

Halfday seminar 20 October, 2017

Ben Phi, Phi Finney McDonald; The Hon Justice Michael Lee, Federal Court of Australia; Emily Dewberry, DEWBERRY Mediations; Tim Finney, Phi Finney McDonald; Wayne Attrill, IMF Bentham Limited; Jason Betts, Herbert Smith Freehills; Odette McDonald, Phi Finney McDonald; Brett Jordan, Senior Technical Claims Advisor, AIG

The Gallery Room, Mitchell Wing, NSW State Library

08:30AM to 12:30PM


8.30am Registration

9.00am Welcome and Introduction — Ben Phi

9.20am Multiplicity of class actions: a Judge’s perspective on managing competing claims and assessing proposed settlements — Hon Justice Michael Lee

10.20am Adverse costs: insurance policies as security for costs — Odette McDonald

11.00am Morning tea

11.20am Panel discussion: Stakeholder’s perspectives on class settlement negotiations — Emily Dewberry, Tim Finney,  Wayne Attrill, Jason Betts, Brett Jordan

12.30pm Close

Proudly supported by Phi Finney McDonald

Ben Phi, Managing Director and Principal, Phi Finney McDonald
Ben is one of Australia’s leading plaintiff class action lawyers, having achieved almost half a billion dollars in settlements. While he has specialised in shareholder class actions, Ben’s expertise extends across all areas of complex, high value and multi-party litigation. This includes financial advice and product claims, shareholder and director disputes, executive employment litigation, and common law personal injury claims.

The Hon Justice Michael Lee, Federal Court of Australia
Justice Michael Lee was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in March, 2017. He commenced work as a solicitor in 1989 with a firm that later became one of Australia's largest national partnerships. He was made a senior associate of the firm in 1992 and was appointed its youngest partner, in 1995. He eventually became a senior litigation partner and national practice group leader before coming to the NSW Bar in 2002. His Honour developed a nationwide and eclectic practice and acted in a very broad range of superior court matters at both first instance and on appeal. He took silk, after nine years, in 2011. While at the Bar, Justice Lee was involved in a number of high profile cases ranging from building and construction disputes, insurance cases and employment law and workplace safety prosecutions; additionally, he was briefed as leading counsel in a number of the largest commercial actions in Australia. In this role, he was at the forefront of all of the developments with regard to Part IVA representative proceedings in recent years. His Honour has been a regular presenter at seminars involving issues relating to representative proceedings and litigation funding. 

Emily Dewberry, Mediator, DEWBERRY Mediations
Emily is a nationally recognised Advanced Mediator and LIV Accredited Specialist in Mediation and has been the Principal of DEWBERRY Mediations since 2014. Before becoming a mediator, Emily was a National Claims Manager for a Lloyd’s Syndicate insurer. She mediates a large variety of commercial litigation and insurance cases in Victoria, NSW and Queensland, including in the areas of financial lines, professional negligence, medical malpractice, TPD claims, defamation, public liability, workers compensation recovery actions and contractual disputes.

Tim Finney, Director and Principal, Phi Finney McDonald
Tim is an experienced senior plaintiff class action lawyer who has supervised legal teams on several large commercial class actions. Tim specialises in shareholder class actions, having worked on a dozen such cases including claims against insurers and company auditors. He also has substantial experience in complex financial services and financial product litigation, including claims against banks, large trustee companies, financial advisors and brokers.

Wayne Attrill, Senior Investment Manager, IMF Bentham Limited
Wayne has over 25 years experience as a litigator, litigation funder and legal risk manager. At IMF Bentham, he is responsible for conducting due diligence on potential funded cases and for obtaining cost-effective and successful outcomes in major litigation in Australia and Europe funded by IMF Bentham, including class actions. He is a member of IMF Bentham’s Investment Committee, has drafted a number of IMF Bentham’s submissions on law reform proposals affecting litigation funding in Australia and elsewhere, and is widely published on the development and regulation of litigation funding and the funding of representative litigation around the world.

Jason Betts, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Jason is a partner in the Australian commercial litigation practice of Herbert Smith Freehills and one of the country’s premier class action lawyers. He is a specialist in defending class action litigation (particularly shareholder claims), corporate distress liability issues and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Jason is an author of the second edition of Class Actions in Australia.

Odette McDonald, Director and Principal, Phi Finney McDonald
Odette is an experienced senior class actions specialist, who has worked on complex and high-profile matters in Australia and the United Kingdom. Odette has represented thousands of people in a number of successful class actions, which have collectively delivered settlements in excess of $350 million. Her class action, group litigation and multi-party litigation expertise includes shareholder class actions, financial advice and product claims, personal injuries, consumer actions, environmental litigation, and debenture trustee class actions. 

Brett Jordan, Senior Technical Claims Advisor, AIG
Brett Jordan is an insurance veteran with over 18 years of claims experience in the industry. Brett has advised over half of the ASX 200 listed companies and developed significant relationships with corporate insureds and industry professionals. Brett has been responsible for coordinating AIG’s response to some of the largest and most complex corporate and director liability claims in Australia.

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