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Ask a Lawyer: Lisa Collins

Lisa Collins is a Senior Associate at Gilchrist Connell, where her practice centres on civil litigation with a particular focus on insurance litigation. Lisa regularly acts in negligence claims pertaining to various insured professionals, particularly solicitors and real estate agents. Her expertise extends to diverse public and product liability claims. ED: What field of law […]

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Common Fund Orders and Access to Justice

Our shareholder class action series continues in this post with a look at how Australian courts approach the question of ‘common fund orders’. As outlined in our post on competing class actions[1], there are several different stakeholders in this type of litigation including insurers and litigation funders. These interests are necessary in order to ensure […]

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Sweeping Changes for Federal Court Practice Notes

On 25 October 2016, the Federal Court issued 26 updated practice notes that will apply to future cases and cases currently underway. The new practice notes cover specific issues including: employment and industrial relations, taxation, class actions, cost orders, and cross-border insolvency. This blog will delve into the new practice notes for expert evidence and […]

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Competing Class Actions: Judicial Remedies for Overlapping Classes

Australia has seen a prevalent increase in the number of class actions including the dominant rise of US-style shareholder class actions. With this in mind, we have produced a five-part series dealing with common and developing issues in shareholder class actions in Australia. In the first part of this series we are examining ‘competing class […]

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The Cost of an Expert Witness

Numerous judicial commentators have noted that expert witnesses are one of the key factors in enhancing the cost and duration of legal disputes.[1] This can occur due to parties calling multiple expert witnesses, which slows down the dispute resolution process and increases complexity and cost. In 2007, the National Australia Bank expended $23 million on […]

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