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Media Release | MinterEllison welcomes class actions specialist as a partner in Sydney, from Herbert Smith Freehills

MinterEllison is pleased to announce David Taylor, a class actions specialist formerly with Herbert Smith Freehills, has joined the firm as a partner in Sydney.

Mr Taylor's practice spans all areas of commercial litigation, with a particular focus and expertise in bet-the-company class actions and product liability matters. He has advised in some of Australia's most significant recent shareholder class actions across a number of industries.

He also regularly advises on product liability and crisis management matters, as well as providing recall advice for major Australian and international companies in the consumer/retail, manufacturing and medical/pharmaceutical sectors.

MinterEllison's Risk, Regulatory, Insurance & Controversy Leader, partner Ross Freeman, said Mr Taylor's appointment reflects the firm's strategic focus of offering clients market-leading class action capabilities in Australia.

"With the rise in class actions in Australia, class action risk is a paramount concern to companies, their boards and general counsel. Not only are securities class actions being driven by increasing shareholder activism, but filings of product liability-related class actions are also on the increase.

"The addition of David to our team strengthens our ability to deliver market-leading solutions to clients and adds further depth to our significant class action expertise.

"David's track-record in advising companies in class actions is impeccable – he has been involved in some of Australia's highest profile, bet-the-company cases. His keen interest in loss assessment and the expert evidence that is a key battleground in class actions, including event study analysis and fundamental valuation techniques, has earnt him the reputation of 'go-to' specialist in this field.

"We're excited to welcome him to the team," Ross Freeman said.