Australia: Product Liability Defence 2018

This chapter highlights 10 practitioners identified for their notable work in product liability defence.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Colin Loveday Clayton Utz, Sydney
2. Andrew Morrison Clayton Utz, Melbourne
3. Stuart Clark AM Clayton Utz, Sydney
4. Greg Williams Clayton Utz, Sydney

The standout firm in the market continues to be Clayton Utz, with five practitioners recognised including four of the top-rated lawyers in the field.
Colin Loveday is head of the firm’s product liability group and a well-recognised name in the market due to his extensive experience in high-value cases. He stands out as “one of the very best”, particularly when it comes to class action defence work.
Andrew Morrison is an effective and sophisticated lawyer who earns recognition for his excellent work and extensive experience defending claims in the product liability market.
Stuart Clark AM has significant experience working in class action litigation in Australia. He is considered “an excellent lawyer” and is commended for his strong knowledge of regulatory bodies and practices.
Greg Williams is “a spectacular lawyer” who possesses international experience handling product liability class action suits and litigation, specifically in the pharmaceutical and banking industries.
Ross McInnes boasts a strong knowledge of remediation and conflict management issues and comes highly recommended as “an excellent litigator”.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth sees two lawyers receive nominations.
Annette Hughes is a first-class product liability defence lawyer who is recognised for her excellent handling of related regulatory issues and litigation.
James Whittaker is a litigation specialist who is well known for his vast experience representing clients before a range of domestic tribunals.

Allens also has two lawyers in this year’s guide.
Peter O’Donahoo is internationally recognised as an expert in product liability and is known for his impressive expertise handling a range of matters from consumer goods to industrial products.
Ross Drinnan has gained significant experience in representing international clients in litigation and is considered a notable figure in conducting class action suits in the product liability market.

At Ashurst, Mark Elvy is head of the dispute resolution team and wins praise for his extensive experience handling litigation relating to product liability claims.

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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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