Class Actions

The class actions space in Australia has never been so active. Fuelled by a competitive litigation funding market and a robust regulatory environment, it is common for clients to now find themselves on the receiving end of a class action or considering participating as a claimant or group member.

As a large Australian law firm, Thomson Geer is frequently approached to advise and represent clients on both the plaintiff and defendant sides of representative proceedings.Our experienced class actions team also works with group members and litigation funders. This broad exposure to all parties involved in class actions gives us insight into the unique strategies that need to be adopted..

We are motivated to pursue innovative and alternative dispute resolution options tailored to our clients’ specific needs, whilst aiming to provide the most cost effective and efficient results.

With outstanding depth of expertise and experience across a broad range of industry sectors, we have legal experts who are able to provide specialist advice when required. This gives Thomson Geer a strong advantage compared with class action focused firms which may not have the industry expertise across a range of practice areas.

Some examples of the work our people have undertaken nationally include:

  • Acted for the Victorian Department of Health in response to a claim brought by approximately 50 women who were infected by a doctor with hepatitis at a late term abortion clinic. It was alleged the Department should have deregistered the doctor who infected the women and the claim ultimately resolved on the basis it be dismissed against the Department of Health with no order as to costs.
  • Acted for LMS as defendants in relation to the Cranbourne landfill gas class action in Victoria. The matter ultimately settled at the second mediation which was conducted a couple of week before the trial was due to commence.
  • Acted in the Wallco Ostrich litigation in the Federal Court, Federal Magistrates Court, Supreme, County and Magistrates Court of Victoria. The Wallco Ostrich litigation consisted of 139 separate actions instituted by investors who had invested in a management investment scheme.
  • Acted for approximately 140 concrete truck drivers in a claim against a major building products company involving Queensland Supreme Court proceedings over a 2-3 year period. The case resolved in a mediation before his Honour Justice Patrick Keane QC (now of the High Court).
  • Advised a number of franchisors including Lenards, Go Gecko and Ray White against prospective claims by groups of franchisees.
  • Defended Channel 7 in a Supreme Court action for defamation by several trainers and jockeys, which settled.
  • Acting for the State parties in bush fire class actions including Victoria Police in relation to the Kilmore fire, and all three State parties on the Murrindindi fire over 3 years.
  • Defended two class actions on behalf of Cash Converters related to two financial products sold by Cash Converters in NSW. The claims totalled in the region of $30 million and settled shortly before trial. The matters were complex and involved extensive discovery.
  • Advised a litigation funder in relation to a proposed class action involving allegations of very significant underpayment to employees across a chain of hospitality businesses.

Key Contacts

Ben Coogan, Partner, Thomson Geer
Cameron Roberts
Neil Hannan, Partner, Thomson Geer
Nick Curran, Partner, Thomson Geer
Stephen Voss, Partner, Thomson Geer
Tony Conaghan, Partner, Thomson Geer