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.

Robodebt Class Action
Box Hill Institute Student Pilot Class Action
Diamond Creek Arsenic

Robodebt Class Action

In November 2019 Gordon Legal launched the Robodebt Class Action on behalf of the many thousands of people who were issued with a ‘Robodebt’ by Centrelink. Recipients of Robodebts are Group Members in this class action.

The Robodebt Class Action is arguing that all people who paid money, or had money taken from them, as repayment for a Robodebt should be compensated by the Respondent to the claim, the Commonwealth of Australia.

If you have received a notice in your MyGov account regarding the Robodebt Class Action, we encourage you to read the Robodebt Class Action FAQ page and to register your interest with Gordon Legal.  

If you have not yet received a notice in your MyGov account regarding the Robodebt Class Action, you may still be a Group Member. Please also read the FAQ page for more information.

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Box Hill Institute Student Pilot Class Action

Gordon Legal acts  on behalf of a number of students who enrolled in the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) course (CPL Diploma course) offered by Box Hill Institute (BHI) and which was conducted by it in conjunction with Gobel Aviation Pty Ltd (Soar).

Our clients have raised a number of concerns about the CPL Diploma course and whether BHI has delivered the diploma course as promised.  Many of our clients have incurred tens of thousands of dollars in course fees to BHI via the VET Student Loan Scheme.

Gordon Legal commenced a class action proceeding against BHI on behalf of a number of representative plaintiffs and the class of group members defined in the Statement of Claim on 26 March 2020. You can access a copy of the Writ and Statement of Claim by clicking here

The four named representative plaintiffs are: Nerita Somers, Adel Hassanein, Matthew Lamont and Felix Ouldanov. The representative plaintiffs have commenced the proceeding on their own behalf and as representatives of Group Members’ claims against BHI.

The compensation sought in the class action proceeding includes:

  • Reduction or waiver of group members Vet Student loan attributable to the CPL Diploma course;
  • Reimbursement for lost time and additional expenses incurred through attending and participating in the CPL diploma course;
  • Refunds of additional flight costs paid to Soar during the CPL diploma course;
  • Any additional studying costs incurred as part of preparing for CASA exams;
  • Damages for distress and inconvenience as a result of the incompetent administration of the CPL Diploma course;
  • Damages for loss of opportunity; and
  • Interest and legal costs.

Prior to commencing the Class Action proceeding, Gordon Legal made several attempts to negotiate with BHI in the hope of negotiating a dispute resolution process that allowed our clients’ individual circumstances and financial losses to be assessed and mediated in accordance with an agreed set of principles. Whilst BHI chose not to engage in those negotiations prior to the commencement of Court proceedings, we will continue to explore all opportunities to resolve the legal issues raised in this class action in a way which fairly compensates Group Members for their loss as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.

The outcome of the Case Management Conference listed before Justice Dixon on 25 May 2020.

On Monday 25 May 2020, this matter was listed in the Supreme Court of Victoria before His Honour Justice Dixon for a Case Management Conference.

The purpose of the Case Management Conference was to enable His Honour to make appropriate procedural orders to ensure that the group proceeding progresses efficiently and effectively. You can access a copy of the procedural orders made by Justice Dixon by clicking here.

The orders made by His Honour, amongst other matters, provide a timetable for the filing and service of various court documents such as the defence, that was filed and served by Box Hill Institute on 25 May 2020 and can be accessed by clicking here.

Orders requiring Box Hill Institute to email the Class Action Summary Statement to students that it communicated with on 15 May 2020

Importantly, His Honour also made an order which required Box Hill Institute to email a document entitled ‘The Class Action Summary Statement’ to all students who received an email from Box Hill Institute on Friday 15 May 2020 - encouraging students to re-enrol in the CPL Diploma course.

This order was made in response to submissions made on behalf of the plaintiffs that Box Hill Institute ought to have informed students of the group proceeding and the claims made within it – so that such students could make a fully informed decision as to whether or not it was in their best interests to re-enrol in the CPL Diploma course and to seek legal advice in relation to the risks of doing so and alternative options available to them.

You can access a copy of The Class Action Summary Statement by clicking here.  

If you have yet to engage Gordon Legal to act for you in the class action, please register your details here and we will be in contact with you to discuss your individual circumstances and to answer any questions that you may have.

If you have yet to engage Gordon Legal to act for you in the class action, please register your details here and we will be in contact with you to discuss your individual circumstances and to answer any questions that you may have.

We also invite you to read the answers to the list of Frequently Asked Questions we have compiled by clicking here

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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 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.

James Naughton
James Naughton
Principal Lawyer
James Naughton
Principal Lawyer

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

James provides advice on contractual matters, corporate disputes, professional negligence and defamation claims. He also acts in complex matters – such as class actions and group litigation, including the Robodebt class action.

Rachel Jones
Rachel Jones
Principal Lawyer
Rachel Jones
Principal Lawyer

Rachel is an experienced litigator with diverse legal experience across various areas of the law including consumer law, building and construction disputes, fraud, professional negligence, defamation, corporate risk and family law.
Rachel started her legal career in 2007 in commercial litigation, acting in a broad range of commercial matters with a focus on consumer law, professional negligence and defamation.
Rachel has also acted as in-house counsel for a major Australian company and has advised on corporate risk and professional standards matters. Rachel has a special interest in consumer law and professional negligence, bringing a multi-disciplined approach to her practice.

Andrew Grech

Andrew is a respected senior lawyer with over 30 years of experience in law and law firm leadership and management.

His work in complex litigation spans commercial, environmental, personal injury and financial loss group and class action cases.

A litigation lawyer since 1989, and later an accredited specialist, it was Andrew’s formative work as a young partner in the 1990s that saw him work on some of the most important class and group action settlements in Australian history.

Becoming CEO and managing director of Slater & Gordon in 2001, he continued his role as a litigation lawyer for some years. He left the firm in 2017 after its decades-long growth and change under his leadership.

He joined Gordon Legal as partner in September 2019, where he continues to work on complex class and group litigation such as the Robodebt class action.

Andrew also provides business consulting and advisory services to small to medium size professional service firms on strategic development, organisational change, leadership development and innovation.

Guy Tiffany
Guy Tiffany
Law Graduate
Guy Tiffany
Law Graduate

Guy joined Gordon Legal as a paralegal whilst he was completing his studies, and has now taken on a role as a Law Graduate working in the Commercial Law team. Guy is currently undertaking his Practical Legal Training and looks forward to being a practicing solicitor upon completion. Whilst working as a paralegal with the firm, Guy gained exposure to class action litigation as well as industrial and commercial law matters. Guy is passionate about achieving good outcomes for individuals in the civil justice system, particularly through the vehicle of class action litigation. In addition to his law firm experience, Guy has worked in the public sector and in human rights, including at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Victorian Department of Education. Prior to completing a Juris Doctor, Guy undertook a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at RMIT University.

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.

Fiona Rothville
Fiona Rothville
Senior Associate
Fiona Rothville
Senior 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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