Colleen Platford, Partner

+61 2 9263 4026

Sophie Walker
+61 2 9263 4081

Colleen Platford, Partner

Colleen is a member of the Litigation group.

She specialises in commercial litigation, trade practices litigation, energy and resources litigation and proceedings involving insolvency issues and restructuring. She has extensive experience in major Supreme Court and Federal Court litigation in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Colleen was recently named Disputes Star of the Year - Australia at the inaugural 2015 Asialaw - Asia - Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards in Hong Kong. Colleen has also been named in the Best Lawyers List for Litigation since its inception, listed as a leading individual in Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 and Benchmark Asia Pacific 2014 and is recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015. Colleen was included on the Australasian Lawyer’s List of Hot 40 Lawyers for 2014.

She has over 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation, including acting in major contracting disputes, arbitrations and managing high-stakes litigation.

Colleen’s recent experience includes:

  • Acting for Google Inc (US) in defending proceedings brought by the ACCC regarding alleged misleading and deceptive conduct over sponsored links which appear on Google’s search result pages. This is one of the world’s leading cases in online advertising and the responsibility of search engines and Google was successful on all counts in the High Court of Australia.

  • Successfully representing AGL Limited in proceedings brought in the Supreme Court of Queensland (and the Court of Appeal in Queensland) in relation to a claim for force majeure under a long term gas contract in relation to the exploration and development of coal seam methane gas.

  • Securing an AUD280 million settlement - the largest settlement of a misleading and deceptive conduct claim in Australian corporate history - for the RiverCity companies in proceedings against AECOM Australia in the Federal Court of Australia in relation to Brisbane’s Clem 7 Tunnel.

  • Representing RiverCity Services in defending a securities class action in the Federal Court of Australia for over AUD250 m.

  • Representing seven BrisConnections companies in proceedings against Arup in the Federal Court of Australia, alleging misleading and deceptive conduct and negligent misstatement, and seeking over AUD1 billion in damages in relation to the AirportLink toll road in Brisbane.

  • Acting for publicly listed companies involving proceedings relating to the recovery of taxation.

  • Advising companies and professional advisers involved in investigations and litigation by both the Australian and Securities Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and also advising companies in respect of Schemes of Arrangements.

  • Representing major corporates in complex joint venture, shareholder and contractual disputes and in major arbitrations.

Colleen holds a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in tax and accounting) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She has also completed a Masters of Laws also at the University of Sydney specialising in Trade Practices (Parts IV and V) and Taxation.

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