Australia: Litigation 2018

We highlight 13 outstanding litigators for their vast experience representing high-profile clients in a wide range of disputes in various courts across the country.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Colin Loveday Clayton Utz, Sydney
2. Michael Hales MinterEllison, Perth
3. Guy Foster Allens, Sydney

Top Australian law firm Clayton Utz is home to some of the most highly regarded litigators in the country. This year, three lawyers are recommended for inclusion.~
“Fantastic lawyer” Colin Loveday is in a class of his own when it comes to handling complex class actions in the product liability arena. He is internationally regarded as a one of Australia’s top litigators.
Stuart Clark AM is “an excellent lawyer” according to sources, who are quick to highlight his strong expertise representing life sciences companies in complex litigation.
Nicholas Mavrakis is a star in the Australian litigation arena, and boasts strong expertise handling disputes in a wide range of fields including competition law, product liability and tax.

Allens also achieves two listings this year.
Guy Foster is a well-established litigator who receives high praise his significant experience representing a range of commercial clients in complex disputes.
Peter O'Donahoo comes highly recommended as a top name in the Australian litigation market and garners recommendations for his expertise handling multi-jurisdictional disputes spanning a range of commercial practice areas.

International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills sees two stellar lawyers recognised for their expertise acting for clients in a range of disputes.
Peter Butler AM RFD receives wide-ranging recommendations for his prowess as a litigator, and is particularly well regarded for his skilful approach to tackling sophisticated class actions.
Juliana Warner has over 25 years’ experience litigating in an array of domestic and cross-border disputes spanning a wide range of industry sectors.

King & Wood Mallesons boasts two listings from the firm’s Sydney office.
Karen Coleman wins praise for her strong track record litigating on behalf of big-ticket clients in commercial disputes. She is noted for her vast experience managing complex cross-border proceedings.
Roger Forbes heads the firm’s dispute resolution practice group and is endorsed by sources as a top-notch litigator. He particularly stands out for his expertise handling class actions and financial litigation.

Michael Hales at MinterEllison is “a brilliant litigator and a great team player” according to sources, who commend his expertise handling complex litigation with an international component.

Clifford Chance’s Diana Chang focuses her practice on commercial dispute resolution and receives plaudits for her expert handling of sophisticated antitrust litigation.

Michael Mills at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is a well-recognised trial lawyer whose strategic approach to handling commercial disputes lends him a fantastic reputation in the market.

Andrew Salgo at Baker McKenzie regularly represents high-profile clients in complex disputes across a range of areas including intellectual property, class actions and professional negligence.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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