Law Council of Australia

Federal Dispute Resolution Section

Class Actions Forum 2021

Class Actions: Capital, Regulation and the Public Interest

22 July 2021 

On 15 July 2021, the Class Actions Committee from the Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Academy of Law (AAL) hosted a virtual Class Actions Forum on the topic of 'Class Actions: Capital, Regulation and the Public Interest'. The forum was chaired by John Sheahan QC and was joined by a panel of speakers, which included:

Class Actions have been the subject of recent attention by Parliaments, the executive, law reform commissions and the courts, including two recent decisions of the High Court. Much of this attention has focused on the way Class Actions are funded, and the consequences of funding being available.

Significant differences of view may be emerging as to how the public interest is best advanced when it comes to regulating class actions themselves, and the means by which the capital necessary to conduct them is made available. This seminar aims to take a deeper look at these issues.



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