14 May MEDIA RELEASE: Litigation funding inquiry
Senator James Paterson
Liberal Senator for Victoria
Chair, Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services
New inquiry: Litigation Funding
Wednesday 13 May 2020
Following a referral from the House of Representatives today, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services will begin a new inquiry into litigation funding.
The committee has been asked to examine whether current regulations surrounding Australia’s growing class action industry is impacting fair and equitable outcomes for plaintiffs.
The committee will also scrutinise proposals to allow lawyers to enter into contingency fee arrangements, currently being considered by the Victorian parliament, and the flow on consequences for the Australian economy of these trends.
“I welcome this referral from the parliament. It’s vitally important that our legal system delivers justice to those who deserve it. It does not exist to benefit lawyers or others seeking to profit from it.”
“Any recommendations made by the committee will be guided by evidence. This inquiry is an opportunity to provide greater public transparency into how the litigation funding business model works and to assess whether regulatory change is necessary,” says Senator Paterson.
The committee will soon open submissions and welcomes evidence from all stakeholders. Public hearings will be scheduled and the committee will report by 7 December 2020. ENDS