Class Actions seminar

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Leading experts came together for the UNSW Law CLE Seminar addressing class actions on 22 March 2018. The seminar focused on the key issues that determine the nature of the Courts’ oversight of class actions and the fairness of the process.

The speakers were Justice John Basten who provided an opening commentary of the current state of affairs. Nick Beaumont SC (Barrister, Wentworth Selbourne) presented on 'A practical approach to class action commencement'. Dr Peter Cashman (Barrister, Wentworth Chambers) discussed ‘Security for costs in class actions’ and Professor Christopher Hodges (Head of the Swiss Re / CMS Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford university) covered the UK and European Responses to Mass Loss.

The seminar also featured an expert panel on competing class actions chaired by IMF Bentham’s Clive Bowman (Chief Executive Australia and Asia). The panel comprised Peta Stevenson (Partner, King & Wood Mallesons), Odette McDonald (Director, Phi Finney McDonald) and Professor Michael Legg (UNSW) shown in the photo below.

The audience included private practitioners, in-house lawyers representing numerous industry sectors, insurance and risk managers, accounting practitioners, government regulators, as well as securities, banking and finance specialists.

If you were unable to attend the event or would like to revisit the content, the audio recording and papers can be purchased at