Dougal Ross Partner

Meet Dougal

Dougal is a litigator specialising in complex commercial disputes.

He has extensive experience practising in both state and federal jurisdictions, covering areas including competition and trade practices issues, insolvency, directors' liability, professional negligence, employment, and debt recovery.

In addition to numerous high profile commercial disputes, Dougal has acted for individual and corporate clients on major corporate regulator investigations and penalty proceedings, liquidator examinations, and large scale class action proceedings.


Commercial Litigation

Former directors of Tamaya Resources

Representing 10 former directors and officers in Federal Court proceedings commenced by liquidator, seeking in excess of $35 million for alleged breaches of directors duties and insolvent trading.


Defending long-running ACCC penalty proceedings for alleged global cartel in relation to the supply of land and submarine energy cables.

Qantas Airways

Defending Federal Court class action proceedings brought against multiple international airlines in relation to alleged freight fuel surcharge cartel.

Seven Network

Successfully defending the Seven Network in high profile Supreme Court proceedings brought by the Ten Network in relation to the employment of a senior programming executive, and Supreme Court action successfully restraining the former Chief of Sales from starting as CEO of Ten.


Successfully defending the CEO of Yahoo!7 in urgent injunction proceedings brought by Fairfax, seeking to enforce post-employment restraint provisions.


Listed as a leading lawyer in Class Action Litigation
Best Lawyers Australia, 2020

Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Adelaide


  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • St Peter’s Collegians’ Association (NSW)

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Linc Energy – High Court refuses special leave to Qld State Government

The High Court has refused to grant the Queensland State Government (Qld Government) special leave to appeal the Queensland Court of Appeal’s March 2018 decision in favour of the liquidators of...

Linc Energy: appeal decision delivered

JWS has achieved a significant win on the Linc Energy appeal, in which we acted for Linc’s liquidators, PPB, against the Queensland State Government. The matter relates to the obligation of the...

Final destination: High Court decides market ‘in Australia’ for the Air Cargo Cartel

The High Court’s decision is the final (Australian) chapter in the long running Air Cargo Cartel matter. Between 2008 and 2010, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued...