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16 February 2011
Professor Rachael Mulheron's Inaugural Lecture:
'Class Actions Reform for England: The Legislative and Judicial Opportunities Ahead'
Listen to a podcast of Professor Mulheron's inaugural lecture (mp3 approx 55 minutes)
A sectoral opt-out class action was almost enacted in April 2010, but was culled amidst the ‘wash-up’ of the general election. An opportunity to provide, via judicial creativity, a de facto opt-out class action under existing court rules, was not taken up in November 2010. Yet, despite these setbacks, the introduction of a class action in England is both necessary and inevitable.
Professor Rachael Mulheron’s principal field of academic research concerns class actions jurisprudence. She has assisted law reform commissions, government departments, NGOs, and law firms, both in England and elsewhere, on class actions-related matters over several years, and was appointed to the Civil Justice Council of England and Wales in 2009. Prior to her academic career, Rachael practised as a litigation solicitor in Brisbane, Australia.