There has been 325% rise in class actions at the Federal Court over the past decade, from consumer complaints, shareholder claims and employment disputes.

Employment class actions are set to become a prominent feature of the Australian employment law landscape. With several high-profile class action cases currently before the courts and recent employment law decisions impacting sham contracting, gig economy, casual and wage underpayments.

Thomson Reuters Employment Class Action online conference is being held on 24 September 2020, and will address how to prevent the risk of employment class actions and how to be ready to respond. If you are an employer facing a potential class action investigation or representing employees in a class action claim, then this webinar should be of interest to you.


Keep apace in this growing area with a look at the:

  • Find out about the most important issues and strategies
  • Settlements are playing out in practice
  • How litigation funding fits in, and
  • What the future holds for class actions


  • Plaintiffs
  • Defendants
  • Inhouse counsel
  • HR Managers and HR executives
  • Employment lawyers
  • Unions
  • Litigation funders
  • Government departments

For any event enquiries, please email

Dates & Time

Thursday, 24 September 2020


$239 + GST

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Webinar earns 3 hours in substantive law


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Welcome from moderator

Pip Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Litigation Funders of Australia (ALFA)


Drivers of employment class actions and update on recent and current class actions

Employment class actions is expected to rise due to recent developments in employment law including: sham contracting; gig economy contractors to be held to be employees (Klooger v Foodora Australia Pty Ltd); and misclassification of casuals (WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene).

  • Drivers of growth in employment class actions
  • Update on recent and current employment class actions
  • Trends from USA on class actions
  • Update on new legal developments impacting the class action industry

Christine Tran, Partner Herbert Smith Freehills


How does an employment class actions work for underpayment of employees?

  • How do employers respond to the risk of employment class actions?
  • What to do protect against class action risk
  • Risk management, prevention and risk assessment

Ruveni  Kelleher, Partner, Johnson Winter & Slattery




How much is at stake in a wage theft class action?

  • Economics of wage theft class actions: plaintiffs and defendants
  • How can experts be used to assist the process?
  • Quantifying the gap:
    • Assessing the risk and size of the exposure
    • Building a model that goes from risk assessment to negotiation to approved settlement or Judgment

Dawna Wright, Senior Managing Director, Forensic & Litigation Consulting


The role of unions in class actions 

  • What type of cases have been lodged, how might they operate, what are the implications?
  • Union representative actions and how are these similar or different to class actions
  • Novel ancillary liability case

Giri Sivaraman, Principal, Maurice Blackburn


New rules for litigation funders  

The government estimates about 49 % of class actions filed in the Federal Court were funded by third-party litigation funders, rising 78% from 2016 to 2018. A surge in class-action lawsuits has triggered changes new rules for litigation funders including Australian Financial Services Licence requirements and Royal Commission.

Douglas Whelan, Executive Director, Premier Litigation Funding Management