Ross McInnes

Clayton Utz
Partner Sydney

A very strategic lawyer with a deep understanding of the client and an ability to manage multiple high-profile matters

– Chambers Asia-Pacific


Ross McInnes is the Chair of the Clayton Utz Board, specialising in mass consumer disputes, class action litigation, and financial services regulatory matters. Widely recognised for his strategic and pragmatic approach, he is the co-author of Australia's first annotated textbook on class actions (Annotated Class Actions Legislation - LexisNexis, Edn 3, 2023) and has been a key player in some of Australia's most significant consumer remediation programs and high-profile class action cases.

Notable Work
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia - Royal Commission into Financial Services: lead Partner assisting CBA, navigating high-stakes and detailed review.
  • ASIC Investigations and Enforcements: currently assisting CBA in various ASIC investigations, developing a deep relationship with the ASIC investigation and enforcement teams.
  • C-Suite Representation: acting for numerous C-Suite individuals in regulatory examinations.
  • Consumer Credit Insurance (CBA and CMLA): advising in Federal Court class action concerning the sale of consumer credit insurance products.
  • AMP Life Class Action: acting in a case involving alleged loss and damage caused by excessive account fees.
  • Merck & Co Inc and MSDA: acted in one of the largest product liability class actions in Australia.
  • Eli Lilly: defended against complex class action disputes related to Parkinson's disease treatment.
  • CBA APRA Inquiry: advised CBA on governance, culture, and accountability in dealing with non-financial risks.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia - Open Advice Review Program: advised on the largest customer-focused remediation program of its type in Australia.
  • Co-author of Australia's first annotated textbook dealing with class actions: annotated Class Actions Legislation (LexisNexis, Edn 2, 2017).
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