Will Atfield

Clayton Utz
Special Counsel Melbourne

Recognised by peers as one to watch in Class Action Litigation

– Best Lawyers Australia

Overview

Experienced litigator, specialising in class actions and complex commercial disputes. Will has a particular interest in product liability and consumer law issues. He has a history of acting for clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive and consumer electronics industries.

Notable Work
  • Bayer: acts in a class action commenced in the Victorian Supreme Court relating to the Essure contraceptive device.
  • VW Group: acted in five class actions in the Federal Court of Australia, in respect of diesel emissions and regulatory issues.
  • Johnson & Johnson Johnson & Johnson Medical Pty Ltd, Ethicon Sàrl and Ethicon, Inc.: acted in a class action in the Federal Court concerning pelvic mesh medical devices.
  • Product liability: acts for market-leading global Silicon Valley consumer electronics company in relation to several product liability proceedings involving lithium-ion batteries.
  • Australian Consumer Law: acts for Australian and overseas clients in product liability, product safety and recall issues under the Australian Consumer Law.
  • Illinois Tool Works: acted to recall multiple consumer goods that present a potential safety risk in Australia and New Zealand, and to design and implement a remediation scheme for products sold business-to-business.
  • Automotive product liability: acts for Australian and international motor vehicle manufacturers with regards to product liability and owner care issues.
  • Make-up and skincare products manufacturer: acts for a market-leading manufacturer in relation to product liability and regulatory compliance issues.
  • Occupational health litigation: acts for clients in the defence of dust diseases claims in the Victorian Supreme Court and the NSW Dust Diseases Tribunal, especially those associated with occupational exposure to asbestos.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia: acted in its response to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
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