JWS Consulting is a division of Johnson Winter & Slattery providing commercial consulting services.
We are engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging matters.
Established in 1993 by Tony Johnson, Nigel Winter and Peter Slattery as a boutique corporate firm, JWS grew rapidly to become a leading independent Australian firm.
The quality of our legal advice and service to clients is recognised through independent industry recognition and direct client feedback.
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JWS supports a number of community initiatives and not for profit organisations across Australia through pro bono legal work and charitable donations.
We have leading-edge experience in advising clients on large-scale litigation and class actions. Our litigation partners have been involved in most of the significant claims and major class actions in Australia over the last 20 years.
We are unique amongst Australian firms because we act for both plaintiffs and defendants in large-scale litigation and class actions related to antitrust/competition, corporate, financial services and tax matters. Members of our team are widely recognised litigation and class action experts.
Our Dispute Resolution team was listed as a Band 1 Practice.
We also have considerable expertise in acting for litigation funders who drive class action litigation in Australia. This experience provides us with invaluable insights into the judgment calls made for both plaintiffs and defendants in the conduct of complex claims. Our clients obtain commercially attractive results based on our savvy, strategic and non-process driven advice.
We provide a compelling offer of outstanding litigation services. Our independence and relative conflict-free positioning enables us to pursue plaintiff-based litigation, as well as defendant work. Our focus on providing strategic advice to Australian funds on class actions puts us in a unique position to prosecute their claims.
We are dedicated to the causes we fight, and to achieving the best case scenario for our valued clients.
Acted for ASIC in proceedings against two of Australia’s largest banks, the ANZ and Westpac bank, for alleged market manipulation and rigging of the bank bill swap rate (BBSW) for financial gain.
Acting for one of the largest Aboriginal Trusts in the Northern Territory, the Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust Inc, in prosecuting various claims against advisors arising from fraud, breaches of trust and financial irregularities.
Representing the liquidators of the Gunns Group (PPB Advisory) in a claim in the Supreme Court of Tasmania against its former auditors, KPMG, arising from their 2009 audit of the Group.
Acting for Jetstar in defending civil penalty proceedings brought by the ACCC, alleging misleading and deceptive conduct by Jetstar (and Virgin) in relation to the imposition of a ‘booking and service fee’ on online ticket sales.
Acting for the liquidators of the Octaviar Group in Supreme Court of NSW proceedings against its former auditors, KPMG.
Acting for the liquidators (PPB Advisory) of the financially collapsed RiverCity tunnel infrastructure project in litigation involving claims by the project lenders for nearly $2 billion and by the unitholders in a $280 million funded class action.
Successfully represented the State of Victoria in two significant disputes with Tabcorp Holdings Ltd and Tatts Group Ltd over compensation following the expiration of their gaming licenses in 2012.
Acting for the liquidators of Linc Energy against the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Attorney-General for the State of Queensland in landmark proceedings challenging the government’s attempts to levy an environmental clean-up liability on the liquidation for the remediation costs of an underground coal gasification testing facility.
Acting for an Italian subsidiary company of the global Prysmian Group in its defence of civil penalty proceedings brought by the ACCC in the Federal Court. The proceedings concern allegations that Prysmian and its competitors were previously members of an international cartel arrangement, and would effectively allocate and fix the minimum prices for contract tenders for the provisions of land and submarine cables.
Acting for the lead applicants, Lifeplan Australia Friendly Society & others, in Federal Court proceedings against
Standard & Poor’s for multi-million dollar losses related to investments in synthetic CDOs, which carried their credit ratings from AA- to AAA and were sold through Lehman
Brothers’ Australian subsidiary.
Acting for the defendants in 3 separate securities class actions arising out of the collapse of the Quintis group and the loss of funds in its Indian Sandalwood Plantation across Northern Australia. The cases involve breaches of continuous disclosure rules and allegations of significant accounting irregularities.
Acting for the lead applicant in a shareholders class action against Pitcher Partners, the auditors of Slater + Gordon, with a potential claim value of $300 million.
Acting for the lead applicant against the company for failure to correct profit guidance in allegations that the company artificially raised its revenue and, consequently, its share price.
Acting for the plaintiffs (a group of institutional investors) in claims worth $125 million for misleading conduct around the
prospectus issued in late 2014 and its subsequent market disclosures concerning stock levels, inventory, stock purchasing and provisioning.
Defended one of two defendants in the Federal Court of Australia in a $60 million class action brought by depositors
allegedly defrauded by third party financial advisers on accounts DDH Graham managed as agent for the Bank of Queensland.
Defending a class action brought by growers/investors in forestry managed investment schemes. The claims focus on breach of trust and allegations that funds held subject to specific conditions were used as general working capital.
Acting for the lead applicants against Bank SA for losses incurred as a result of investments in a private lending business alleged to be a fraudulent and a dishonest Ponzi Scheme.
Defending a director and former CEO of Rio Tinto in a shareholder class action in New York against Rio Tinto PLC and its directors.
Johnson Winter & Slattery's Dispute Resolution Practice is ranked in Band 1.
Frances Dreyer is 'truly outstanding'.
Johnson Winter & Slattery's Dispute Resolution (class actions) practice is ranked in Band 4.
Paul Reidy is 'savvy, strategic and has client skills of the highest calibre'.
Chris Connor, Will Coulthard, Susan Doherty, Tom Jarvis, Robert Johnston, Richard Lilly, John Powell, Paul Reidy, Roxanne Smith, Toni Vozzo and Robert Wyld are listed as leading lawyers in Litigation.
Tom Jarvis, Sam Johnson, Tony Johnson, Richard Lilly, John Powell, Paul Reidy, Ben Renfrey and Toni Vozzo are listed as leading lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Robert Johnston is listed as a leading lawyer in Class Action Litigation.
Paul Reidy is recognised as a Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution.
Paul Buitendag, Aldo Nicotra, Tony Johnson, Joseph Scarcella, Robert Johnston, Tom Jarvis, Ben Renfrey, Richard Lilly and Chris Connor are recommended in Dispute Resolution Law.
Johnson Winter & Slattery's Dispute Resolution practice is ranked in Tier 2.
The JWS team wins praise for its "clear, effective and well-directed communication and advice".
Paul Reidy and Robert Johnston are ranked as leading lawyers in Dispute Resolution.
The "go-to guys for the difficult stuff".
Paul Reidy … enjoys widespread recognition as a "very good" and "well regarded" disputes lawyer with an especially notable profile for the handling of sensitive regulatory issues.
Robert Johnston "really looks after his clients" and "the level of personal service is outstanding."
"Readily accessible depth of experience and advice, with a specialist in any area where you need advice."
"Many of the associates are very promising practitioners – junior litigators who will make their mark in due time."
"Bringing relevant expertise to the table in a very cohesive manner."
Paul Reidy is "very well regarded in the commercial litigation space," and sources characterise him as "strategically strong and clever" and "extremely responsive."
"A good team - and a good team effort - for a large piece of litigation."
(JWS) provides national coverage of contentious issues, particularly for clients from the energy and natural resources and media sectors. Also active on disputes involving competition law, and in funded litigation and class actions.
"Niche performers at the highest level: what they do, they do superbly."
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