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Michael Legg's practice focuses on class actions, regulatory proceedings, and complex commercial disputes. He is also a professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where he teaches civil procedure, class action, regulatory litigation, and white collar crime courses.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, Michael worked at leading Australian and U.S. law firms where he represented an airline in multi-respondent Federal Court of Australia class actions brought by travel agents based on allegations of misleading conduct and breach of contract; represented a bank and a financial services company in Federal Court of Australia class actions brought by investors in financial products; acted in the successful defense of a Fortune 500 company facing novel class actions in the U.S. state courts of West Virginia and Texas; acted for one of the Big 4 audit firms in auditor liability litigation and class actions in the federal courts of New York and California; advised institutional investors on participating in shareholder class actions and litigation funding arrangements; advised on compliance with the Australian Corporations Act including directors' duties, continuous disclosure, accounting, and auditing requirements; represented clients in Australian Securities and Investment Commission investigations; and defended cartel proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Michael has written extensively on litigation and dispute resolution, including Case Management and Complex Civil Litigation (2011) and as coauthor of Australian Annotated Class Actions Legislation (2d ed. 2018). He is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Class Actions Committee.

Additional Publications

  • May 2018Australian Federal Court Reforms Class Actions Settlement Practice
  • March 2018Class Actions in Australia—2017 Year in Review
  • November 2017Australian Court Refuses to Stay Overlapping Class Actions
  • November 2017Recent Developments in Transfer Pricing and the Taxation of Multinational Companies in Australia
  • September 2017Australian Appeal Court Endorses Class Action Closure Process but with Warnings
  • June 2017Australian Court Approves Use of American 28 USC § 1782 for Assistance to Foreign Litigants
  • May 2017Transnational Class Action Dispute Over Oil Spill Commenced in Australia
  • March 2017Class Actions in Australia: 2016 in Review
  • Janaury 2017Australian Federal Court Has Power to Reduce Litigation Funder’s Commission Payable in a Class Action
  • January 2017High Court of Australia Determines Extent to which Class Members Are Bound by Class Action Judgment
  • November 2016Australian Court "Closes Class"
  • November 2016Game Changer: Appellate Court Permits Common Fund Orders in Australian Class Action Litigation
  • October 2016Federal Court of Australia Permits Respondents to Settle Individual Claims of Class Action Members
  • September 2016Australian Shareholder Class Action Held to be an Abuse of Process
  • September 2016Late Payment Fees Not Penalties: High Court of Australia Rebuffs Bank Fees Class Action
  • August 2016Australian air cargo cartel class action settles - guidance on risks and costs, Competition & Consumer Law
  • July 2016Indirect Causation Accepted by Australian Court in Shareholder Claim
  • May 2016Australian Class Action Settlements Declined Due to Substantial Detriment to Class Members
  • May 2016Australian Court Stops Class Action from Obtaining U.S. Courts' Assistance for Oral Depositions
  • April 2016Disclosure of Litigation Funding Agreements in Australian Class Actions
  • March 2016Class Actions in Australia: 2015 in Review
  • March 2016Concurrent Australian Class Actions Allowed to Proceed Due to Different Funding Arrangements and Case Strategy
  • November 2015Group Members and Unsuccessful Class Actions in Australia—Anshun Estoppel and Abuse of Process
  • November 2015The Future of Australia’s Independent Commission Against Corruption’s Jurisdiction and Powers
  • October 2015Australian Securities and Investments Commission's New Corporate Plan and Enforcement Activity
  • September 2015Class Action Against Government Settles—Plaintiff Pays Defendant's Costs
  • September 2015Federal Court of Australia Rejects "Common Fund" for Litigation Funders
  • September 2015Jurisdiction of Australia's Independent Commission Against Corruption Before and After Cunneen and Duncan
  • September 2015Market-Based Causation Arguable in Australian Shareholder Class Actions
  • May 2015Bank Fees Class Action in Australia Fails Before Full Federal Court
  • May 2015High Court of Australia Limits Proportionate Liability Laws to Misleading and Deceptive Conduct
  • May 2015Institutional Investors and Common Questions for Shareholder Class Actions in Australia
  • April 2015Reflective Loss, Trusts and Australian Class Action Settlements
  • January 2015Australian Lawyers with Financial Interest in Litigation Funder Restrained from Acting in Class Action
  • January 2015Class Actions in Australia - 2014 in Review
  • December 2014Australian Court Denies Costs Protection When Lead Plaintiffs Are Substituted in Class Actions
  • November 2014Causation in Australian Shareholder Class Actions Uncertain
  • November 2014The Fast Australian Class Action Settlement
  • September 2014Antitrust Alert: Australia Competition Authorities Enforce Information Gathering Power
  • September 2014Federal Court Relaxes Requirements for Australian Class Actions
  • August 2014Litigation for Profit in Australia—Court Imposes Limits Where Serious Conflicts of Interest Exist
  • June 2014Commencement Requirements Relaxed for Australian Class Actions?
  • June 2014Conflict Over Proportionate Liability Laws in Australia
  • May 2014Securities Class Actions Escalate in Australia
  • February 2014Bank Fees Class Actions in Australia: Customers Recover Credit Card Late Payment Fees That Exceeded Bank's Costs
  • February 2014Litigation Funding in Australia: More Swings and Roundabouts as Lawyers Withdraw Application to be Funders
  • December 2013Abalone Industry's Lost Class Action Claim Against State of Victoria Provides Lessons for Future Government Claims in Australia
  • December 2013Can Discontinued Class Actions Be Reconstituted in the Federal Court of Australia?
  • December 2013High Court of Australia Takes Commonsense Approach to Mistaken Provision of Privileged Documents in Discovery—Return the Documents and "Get On With It"
  • November 2013GPT Class Action Settlement Raises Concerns about Legal and Funding Fees Charged in Australian Class Actions
  • October 2013Opt-In Class Actions Not Permitted In Australia
  • October 2013State-Based Class Actions Available in Australia
  • October 2013The Timbercorp Class Action Appeal: Product Disclosure Statement Obligations and Misleading Conduct in Australia
  • September 2013Class Action Settlement Overturned on Appeal for First Time in Australia
  • July 2013Guidance on the Interaction Between the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and Class Actions Provided
  • July 2013Settlement of Australian Class Actions When Not All Group Members are Equal
  • June 2013Class Action Drivers in Australia: D&O Insurance and Access to Deep Pockets
  • June 2013Closing the Class: When Can Certainty for a Class Action Settlement be Achieved in Australia?
  • June 2013Do-It-Yourself Funding for Class Actions in Australia Takes an Interesting Twist
  • June 2013National Australia Bank Class Action Settlement Approved
  • May 2013Is There Room In American Courts For An Australian Hot Tub?, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Vol. 21, No. 5
  • April 2013Australian Courts Split on Approach to Approval of Civil Penalty Settlements
  • April 2013Room in American Courts for an Australian Hot Tub?
  • March 2013Australian High Court Finds Google Not Liable for Misleading Advertisements Generated by its Search Engine
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