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The Year Ahead – our publication looking at key developments in global litigation and arbitration for 2021 – is now available in English, Spanish and Mandarin. COVID-19 and its effects have triggered many disputes, with litigation volumes in some jurisdictions having already doubled, and our clients expect us to help them spot trends and plan for the future. Our report features economic analysis from The Economist Intelligence Unit, and legal analysis from our team of more than…

Introduction An Inquiry currently underway in Australia offers good insights into whether, and if so in what circumstances, third party litigation funding, particularly of class actions, should be permitted. Traditionally, third party litigation funding has been prohibited in many countries, and there has been resistance to proposals for its introduction or expansion.  Litigation funding has been permitted in Australia for some time, however.  The experience there, as reviewed in the current Inquiry and summarised in…

Twenty six countries now authorize private civil damage actions for antitrust/competition law allegations. In several of these countries, claims may proceed as class or collective claims. Litigation strategy requires accounting for all claims, and coordinating them with regulatory investigations by government antitrust authorities. Consistency in approach, while dealing with the requirements of local laws, can be key to resolving antitrust matters for global companies. Our Global Guide to Competition Litigation (2016) helps to orient you…

Due to Australia’s plaintiff favourable class action system, the number of class actions in Australian courts is at an all time high. Recently however headwinds appear to be developing as the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform pushes for reform in the class action arena. Two reforms currently being considered by the Chamber concern introduction of a “threshold test” for plaintiffs to commence class actions in Australia and new regulatory control of litigation funding for…