Richard Harris

Richard Harris

Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
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Richard is a partner and the head of Gilbert + Tobin’s Disputes + Investigations group, as well as a member of Gilbert + Tobin’s Board of partners.

An experienced, strategic and pragmatic litigator, Richard specialises in significant commercial litigation (including class actions) and investigations. He regularly advises banks, large corporations and their boards on major dispute, regulatory and governance issues.

Richard has been involved in a wide range of substantial complex commercial litigation in Australian superior jurisdictions including the High Court. Issues raised in those disputes include class actions, cartel conduct, mergers, market disclosure, resources, confidential information, directors' duties, complex financial and banking products, market misconduct, securities, capital raisings, tax, contracts, financial services, infrastructure, funds management, insolvency and restructuring.

Richard is currently leading the team acting for Westpac in relation to separate investigations by ASIC and APRA in relation to the allegations of more than 23 million breaches of anti-money laundering laws. Richard is also leading the team defending against a class action regarding disclosure requirements relating to the same allegations. This matter is one of the largest and most high profile investigations in Australia for decades.

He previously led the team advising Westpac on the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry as well as the landmark Australian investigation and enforcement proceeding concerning BBSW.

Richard is ranked by all leading legal directories including Chambers Asia-Pacific which recognises him for Dispute Resolution and Financial Services Regulation. 

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