JWS Consulting is a division of Johnson Winter & Slattery providing commercial consulting services.
Johnson Winter & Slattery is engaged by major businesses, investment funds and government agencies as legal counsel on important transactions and disputes throughout Australia and surrounding regions.
Our news and media coverage including major transaction announcements, practitioner appointments and team expansions.
We support a number of community initiatives and not for profit organisations across Australia through pro bono legal work and charitable donations.
We support a number of organisations through sponsorships.
JWS is uniquely placed as a Top Tier Dispute Resolution Practice in Australia, handling the largest and most complex litigation across regulatory prosecutions, insolvency, plaintiff and defendant class actions, corporate, commercial and competition and tax disputes.
There are few firms that can now match JWS across the size, scale and sophistication of its dispute resolution work. No firm of a comparable size has a similar practice. Our partners’ hands on involvement, and our drive and determination to succeed in the cases we conduct in the most cost effective and efficient matter, have seen more and more clients choose JWS for the big ticket claims and defences.
We are renowned for our DR experience and expertise across the spectrum of class actions, insolvency, regulatory claims, corporate, commercial, competition and tax disputes and civil and criminal regulatory investigations and prosecutions for companies, directors and senior executives. We are unique in the market place, combining top-tier capabilities with a service model that promotes the hands-on involvement of our senior lawyers.
We also have considerable expertise in acting for litigation funders who drive class action litigation in Australia. This experience provides us with invaluable insights into the judgment calls made for both plaintiffs and defendants in the conduct of complex claims. Our clients obtain commercially attractive results based on our savvy, strategic and non-process driven advice.
We provide a compelling offer of outstanding litigation services. Our independence and relative conflict-free positioning enables us to pursue plaintiff-based litigation, as well as defendant work. Our focus on providing strategic advice to Australian funds on class actions puts us in a unique position to prosecute their claims.
We are dedicated to the causes we fight, and to achieving the best case scenario for our valued clients.
Our team acts in disputes across the following areas:
Successfully represented the State of Victoria in two significant disputes with Tabcorp Holdings Ltd and Tatts Group Ltd over compensation following the expiration of their gaming licenses in 2012.
Secured a significant jurisdictional win for Lighthouse Corporation against East Timor over a $320M oil contract dispute allowing the claims to be decided in Australia.
Acted for ASC AWD Shipbuilder Pty Limited (the Australian Submarine Corporation) in disputes with Donau Pty Ltd over the construction of the Australian Warfare Destroyer.
Acting for Origin Energy/Australian Pacific LNG Pty Ltd against C3 IoT International, Inc around damages and breach of IT contracts relating to complex oil fracking operations.
Acting for WSP Australia in proceedings against Transurban and Thiess John Holland over the construction of the Lane Cove Tunnel.
Acted for Horizon Power multi-party proceedings in Supreme Court of Western Australia concerning the Karratha component the Pilbara Underground Power Project.
Paul Reidy and Robert Johnston are ranked as leading lawyers in Dispute Resolution.
Ranked as Band 3 in Dispute resolution law.
Ranked as Band 3 in Dispute Resolution - Class actions (Plaintiff) law.
Johnson Winter & Slattery is taking the lead on some of the most complex class actions before the court – on both plaintiff and defence side.
Johnson Winter & Slattery's Dispute Resolution Practice is ranked in Band 1.
Frances Dreyer is 'truly outstanding'.
Johnson Winter & Slattery's Dispute Resolution (class actions) practice is ranked in Band 4.
Paul Reidy is 'savvy, strategic and has client skills of the highest calibre'.
Chris Connor, Will Coulthard, Susan Doherty, Tom Jarvis, Robert Johnston, John Powell, Paul Reidy, Roxanne Smith, Toni Vozzo and Robert Wyld are listed as leading lawyers in Litigation.
Tom Jarvis, Sam Johnson, Tony Johnson, John Powell, Paul Reidy, Ben Renfrey and Toni Vozzo are listed as leading lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Robert Johnston is listed as a leading lawyer in Class Action Litigation.
Paul Reidy is recognised as a Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution.
Paul Buitendag, Aldo Nicotra, Tony Johnson, Joseph Scarcella, Robert Johnston, Tom Jarvis, Ben Renfrey and Chris Connor are recommended in Dispute Resolution Law.
Johnson Winter & Slattery's Dispute Resolution practice is ranked in Tier 2.
The JWS team wins praise for its "clear, effective and well-directed communication and advice".
Robert Johnston is described as "good in the class action space and right across it."
Paul Reidy is respected by market sources as a "good, hard negotiator".
The "go-to guys for the difficult stuff".
Paul Reidy … enjoys widespread recognition as a "very good" and "well regarded" disputes lawyer with an especially notable profile for the handling of sensitive regulatory issues.
Robert Johnston "really looks after his clients" and "the level of personal service is outstanding."
"Readily accessible depth of experience and advice, with a specialist in any area where you need advice."
"Many of the associates are very promising practitioners – junior litigators who will make their mark in due time."
"Bringing relevant expertise to the table in a very cohesive manner."
Paul Reidy is "very well regarded in the commercial litigation space," and sources characterise him as "strategically strong and clever" and "extremely responsive."
"A good team - and a good team effort - for a large piece of litigation."
(JWS) provides national coverage of contentious issues, particularly for clients from the energy and natural resources and media sectors. Also active on disputes involving competition law, and in funded litigation and class actions.
"Niche performers at the highest level: what they do, they do superbly."
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