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Expertise

Susan is a partner in our Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group with 19 years’ experience in advising and representing companies, government departments and professional services firms in a wide range of commercial disputes. She specialises in large complex commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including class actions. Susan has acted for both plaintiffs and defendants and therefore can assist clients with unique insights gained from acting on both sides of the record.

Experience

Susan’s recent experience includes:

  • defending a company in a claim for oppression brought by one of its shareholders
  • successfully defending a claim against a major accounting firm for auditor’s negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct in the Federal Court of Australia
  • acting for liquidators in multiple class actions
  • acting for a professional services firm in a large class action
  • defending officers of the Department of Immigration and Border Protections in a claim in the Federal Court for misfeasance in public office
  • acting for liquidators in multiple claims in relation to several failed managed investment schemes, including against ex-directors, for misleading and deceptive conduct, ex-auditors for auditors’ negligence and property valuers of one of the schemes
  • acting in ASIC investigations, including one concerning whether a company’s website was misleading and another concerning whether an application for an Australian Financial Services Licence was misleading
  • defending a multimillion-dollar claim for misfeasance in public office, brought against officers of ASIC for cancellation by it of a financial services licence in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Publications

10 February 2020 - Knowledge

When is an offer a Calderbank offer? The Federal Court confirms the importance of clear intent

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

We consider a recent Federal Court decision which confirms that for an offer of settlement to be valid as a Calderbank offer it must include an indication by the offeror that the letter may be relied upon to seek a special costs order.

15 January 2020 - Knowledge

High Court confirms legal professional privilege is an immunity – not an actionable legal right

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

The High Court has confirmed the longstanding judicial principle that legal professional privilege is a shield, not a sword.