Law firm launches definitive guide to Australian class actions

by Steve Randall13 Mar 2017
Law firm launches definitive guide to Australian class actions
A quarter of a century of class actions in Australia is the focus of a new book from Herbert Smith Freehills.

The law firm has published the book in association with Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law at the University of Sydney.

It’s a definitive guide to class actions from the start of Australia’s regime for the actions in 1992 through to 2017 and is edited by HFS partner Damian Grave and executive counsel Helen Mould.

Contributors include members of the judiciary, academics, business community and several of the firm’s partners from Australia and London.

“The number of actions filed has grown steadily since the class actions regime was introduced. The regime has developed in parallel with the growth in litigation funding. Approximately half of all Federal Court class actions filed in the last five years have been funded by a third party litigation funder, including many funders from overseas,” Grave said.

The book can be purchased from the Ross Parsons Centre.

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