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.
Our news and media coverage including major transaction announcements, practitioner appointments and team expansions.
We support a number of community initiatives and not for profit organisations across Australia through pro bono legal work and charitable donations.
We support a number of organisations through sponsorships.
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.
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 the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
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.
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 former director and officer of Sinclair Knight Merz who has been charged, together with the company and other individuals, with conspiracy to bribe a foreign public official in contravention of the Commonwealth Criminal Code, in connection with aid-funded infrastructure projects in Vietnam.
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, Babscay Pty Ltd, in a shareholders class action against Pitcher Partners, the auditors of Slater + Gordon, with a potential claim value of $300 million.
Acting for Nakali Pty Ltd, as representative applicant, in a class action against SurfStitch in respect of a claim that SurfStitch breached its continuous disclosure obligations and caused losses to shareholders.
Acting in a securities class action for institutional investors, allegedly defrauded by third party financial advisors
Acting for the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association in one of three securities class actions against BHP concerning the collapse of a tailings dam in Brazil.
Acting for the liquidators of Gunns and its group of companies in multiple voidable preference claims and in the defence of a class action by growers in the Gunns Woodlot schemes for alleged breaches regarding investments.
Defending the former CEO of RCR Tomlinson Limited in a shareholder class action, following the collapse of the company in November 2018.
Acting for a number of executive personnel of RCR Tomlinson Limited (administrators appointed) in relation to enquiries and litigation commenced in the lead up to and following the collapse of the company in November 2018.
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."
We have started to see the Federal Court use its discretionary powers in respect of class actions to order defendants to disclose their insurance policies to plaintiffs.
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With significant regulatory change coming into effect the spotlight is staying firmly on
culture, ethics and regulatory compliance. An organisation’s social licence to operate
remains a priority...