Class Actions

Led by respected lawyer Peter Gordon, our team are passionate about fighting for justice on behalf of everyday people.

We have experience running class action claims in Australia and overseas, including in the United States.

How we can help you:

Our Senior Partner, Peter Gordon, is one of Australia’s most prominent class actions lawyers.

He is a passionate advocate for using the law to help everyday people when they have been wronged by big corporations with nearly unlimited resources to defend claims.

During his career he has taken on big tobacco, achieved landmark wins for people exposed to asbestos, fought for victims of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church, for sufferers of medically-acquired HIV as well and for women over faulty breast implants.

It is this sense of justice for everyday people that led Peter to start Gordon Legal in 2010, so he could seek compensation for thalidomide survivors who had been denied claims over the years.

Peter was able to secure a significant settlement for these families, finally getting them justice and in doing so, financial security for many of these families. That win represents what Gordon Legal’s class actions are about; fighting for people that have been wronged by the system. This is what drives Peter and all of our other lawyers at Gordon Legal.

What is a class action?

A class action is a way for groups of people to obtain compensation or redress under our legal system by running multiple cases simultaneously.

A minimum of seven people are required, and they must be affected by the same proposed defendant.

To launch a class action you need:

  • Seven or more people with the same claim
  • That claim to be about the same issue or circumstance and
  • That it relates to at least one common issue of law or fact.

Why trust us to help you?

Peter has fought and won the following landmark class actions:

  • Breast implant class action
  • Medically acquired HIV class action
  • Thalidomide.

If you believe you have an issue that may be the basis of a claim, you should give us a call today for a chat on 1800 21 22 23.

The important thing to know is that we can help you on a no win, no fee basis.  That means no up-front legal fees to worry about.

Class action experts

Peter Gordon
Senior Partner

Peter is one of Australia’s most prominent class action lawyers. He has an unrivalled record of fighting for justice for working people, and has conducted many history-making class action cases, as well as a large number of individual actions. He established Gordon Legal to provide an unprecedented legal service to those who need it most.
 
Peter is also the President of the Western Bulldogs, which reflects his commitment to the community, his love of football and his desire to champion the underdog.

James Higgins
James Higgins
Managing Partner
James Higgins
Managing Partner

James is a leading class action and asbestos lawyer with extensive management and leadership experience in the law and in government. He has worked on numerous group proceedings, including large scale commercial and shareholder actions. He has extensive experience on advising clients caught up in Commissions of Inquiry and high-profile investigations.

As Managing Partner of Gordon Legal, James brings his labour law values and determination to building and growing Gordon Legal, its lawyers and its staff for the benefit of our clients.

Rachel Schutze
Rachel Schutze
Principal Lawyer
Rachel Schutze
Principal Lawyer

Rachel is one of Victoria’s leading plaintiff personal injury lawyers. She has achieved significant financial outcomes for plaintiffs in WorkCover actions, and is also experienced in acting for people with injuries that occur in public places or on private property, as well as general insurance claims.
 
Rachel holds a Masters of Law.  She has a personal and professional commitment to South West Victoria, has served on community Boards for more than a decade and understands the legal needs of injured people.

Rachel is a regular contributor to her hometown paper, the Geelong Advertiser and has been listed by the prestigious Doyle's Guide Awards 2018 as a leading lawyer in WorkCover and Public Liability.

James Naughton
James Naughton
Principal Lawyer
James Naughton
Principal Lawyer

James is a highly regarded commercial lawyer. He has successfully brought claims against Australia’s largest banks, stockbrokers and financial institutions. He has also acted for unions subject to investigations by government agencies and has advised unions, industry superannuation fund directors and corporations on regulatory, governance and directorship issues.

James regularly presents on professional obligations and duties at industry conferences, and has provided his expert analysis in the media.

James also acts in estate dispute matters and testator’s family maintenance claims.

Fiona Rothville
Associate

Fiona is an experienced litigator who practises across the Industrial Law and Commercial Law teams. Fiona represents unions and employees in a range of employment and industrial matters, including in proceedings brought by industrial regulators. Fiona acts in various commercial and consumer disputes and provides representation in Coronial Inquests in respect of professional conduct.

Fiona has previously worked at the Fair Work Commission as a Conciliator and an Associate to a Deputy President and has a background in the union movement. Fiona is a volunteer and former board member of the Fitzroy Legal Service.

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