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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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Expert witnesses are not advocates … or are they?

                Writing an expert report for the first time can be daunting. From interpreting a solicitor’s instructions to determining the appropriate tone, style, and form, experts have to juggle a number of considerations in order to produce an outstanding, useful report. In this guest post from legal reasoning […]

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