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IMF Bentham / UNSW Class Actions Conference 2018

IMF Bentham / UNSW Class Actions Conference 2018

October 31, 2018

Key issues in class action litigation were debated at an important conference presented under the auspices of the IMF Bentham Class Actions Research Initiative with UNSW Law. Watch the videos from the event.

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IMF Class Action Conference Keynote

IMF Class Action Conference Overview

June 28, 2017

Listing of all IMF Class Action Conference Videos

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Conference Keynote Address by The Hon Justice Lee

June 27, 2017

The Hon Justice Michael Lee (Federal Court of Australia) explores the issue of whether the courts have the power to adjust litigation funders’ contractual commission rates.

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CARI research “Settlement Distribution Schemes”

June 26, 2017

Cutting edge research on Settlement Distribution Schemes was presented by Associate Professor Michael Legg (UNSW Law) and Rebecca Gilsenan (Principal, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers), at the IMF Bentham Class Action Conference.

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Panel discussion “Achieving Finality to Class Action Litigation”

June 24, 2017

Class action experts came together to explore issues in finalising class actions. Panel experts included: Hon Justice Jack Forrest (Supreme Court of Victoria); Professor Simone Degeling (UNSW Law); Bill Petrovski (William Roberts Lawyers); Jason Betts (Herbert Smith Freehills); Brett Jordan (Senior Technical Claims Advisor, Major Loss Financial Lines Claims, AIG Australia Limited), and was moderated by Wayne Attrill (IMF Bentham).

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25 Years of Class Actions in Australia

March 28, 2017

IMF Bentham Senior Investment Manager, Wayne Attrill, discusses the development of class actions over the past 25 years, and whether we have reached another turning point in the courts’ acceptance of litigation funding of class actions.

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"Litigation Funding" in Legg (ed), Resolving Civil Disputes (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2016)

December 01, 2016

In 2006 the High Court of Australia, by a majority in the renowned Fostif decision, approved of a litigation funder agreeing by contract to meet the costs of a legal proceeding in return for a share of any sums recovered. This chapter examines the growth, developments and regulation of the litigation funding industry.

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Presentation "Advanced Issues in Class Actions" - The College of Law (2016) - by W Attrill

March 10, 2016

In the presentation to the College of Law, IMF Senior Investment Manager, Wayne Attrill, discusses some of the advanced issues in class actions including the role of a funder in facilitating class actions, "competing" class actions, common fund orders and the regulation and future of litigation funding in class actions.

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Funding Justice - The Role of Litigation Funders in Class Action Proceedings (2015) - by W Attrill

July 01, 2015

The importance of litigation funding to facilitate access to the civil justice system in Australia is now widely accepted. The article explains the funding process and the assistance that a funder can bring to funded proceedings, to the benefit of clients and lawyers alike.

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“The Regulation of Conflicts of Interest in Australian Litigation Funding” (2013) Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice - by W Attrill

December 02, 2013

In July 2013, Regulations were introduced to require funders to have "adequate practices" for managing any conflicts of interest that might arise in litigation they fund. The article gives an overview of the conflicts management regime, how it is managed and the impacts it will have for litigation funders.

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Presentation "Management of Conflicts of Interest in Australian Litigation Funding" (2013) to UNSW Class Actions: Securities and Investor cases

August 29, 2013

Regulations introduced in 2013 requires litigation funders to have adequate, documented practices for managing any conflict of interest that might arise in funded litigation. The presentation provides an overview of the conflicts management regime, how it is managed and the impacts it will have for litigation funders.

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Presentation "The role of Institutional Investors in Australian shareholder class actions" (2012) by W Attrill

October 26, 2012

The benefits to institutional investors and their clients of adopting a policy of active participation in relevant shareholder class actions.

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Presentation "Dispute Resolution in the next 40 years - Access to justice and continuing limitations on the use of Class Actions" UNSW Law Conference (2011)

November 01, 2011

The UNSW Law Conference presentation explores the issues around the conduct and resolution of Class Actions in Australia.

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“Funding Criteria for Class Actions” (2009) - The University of New South Wales Law Journal - by W Attrill, J Walker and S Khouri

June 01, 2009

IMF Bentham has financed many significant Australian representative proceedings and class actions, particularly those brought on behalf of aggrieved shareholders and investors. IMF chooses its cases with care and in this paper for the UNSW Law Journal, the funding criteria for multi-party actions are examined and discussed, including IMF's assessment of liability risks, quantum risks and enforcement risks.

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