Minter Ellison

Julia Avis
Special Counsel
Possessing significant experience in complex litigation, I specialise in securities class actions and civil penalty proceedings, as well as high-profile commissions, inquiries and investigations.
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My passion for the efficient administration of justice has led me to develop effective organisational and legal project management skills. I enjoy leading large teams of professionals, striving for the best client outcomes. I am an advocate for secure tech tools that foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among project team members, irrespective of their location.

I am also an expert in large-volume document management for litigation and investigations, utilizing eDiscovery tools and eTrials.

Career highlights

  • EnergyAustralia – defending claims of breach of warranty and misleading and deceptive conduct arising from the $1.78 billion sale of the Iona gas storage plant
  • Defending securities class actions involving continuous disclosure and misleading and deceptive conduct allegations. One case involved retrieving and processing data from overseas jurisdictions, which required advice on local data protection regulation (in Europe and the US) and the Hague Evidence Convention. Others involved advising on related ASIC investigations, one of which resulted in criminal prosecutions of former officers
  • Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption – acted as deputy lead of the Solicitors Assisting team, working closely with the Commissioner, Counsel Assisting, the CEO and investigators on all aspects of the Commission, including liaising with stakeholders from government, various agencies, law enforcement bodies, interested parties and their legal representatives, and the media, for which hearings were live streamed
  • Acting for a US based tech company involved in litigation in the US to obtain documentary and witness evidence in Australia under the Hague Evidence Convention for use at the US trial
  • Advised many clients – including listed companies, directors, executives and individuals – on investigations and criminal prosecutions of white-collar crimes (such as market misconduct and fraud) by bodies such as the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Federal Police
  • Defended a global financial bank in a 10-week High Court trial in London against a hedge fund claim arising from the acquisition of a carbon portfolio. This was a complex, document intensive, multi-witness, eTrial
  • Defended a former executive director of an ASX listed company in complex multi-party, document intensive civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC in the NSW Supreme Court, before a judge who insisted on a paperless eTrial
  • Regularly presenting in-house seminars and training for clients on such topics as legal professional privilege, ethics, financial services compliance and conflict management
  • Coordinating MinterEllison's national dispute resolution learning and development programme, on topics such as professional ethics, privilege, litigation skills including project management, discovery, affidavits, experts and evidence
  • Received the Law Institute of Victoria’s Rogers Legal Writing Award in 2009