Q&A Session with Wendy Harris QC

Q&A Session with Wendy Harris QC

Wendy Harris QC - CPD In Session PresenterWith over 20 years’ experience in the legal profession, our Q&A session with Wendy Harris QC is a highlight with an engaging discussion about the long running Tabcorp and Tatts litigation:  State of Victoria v Tatts Group Limited [M83/2015]; Tabcorp Holdings Limited v State of Victoria [M81/2015].

Wendy was called to the Bar in 1997 having previously been a solicitor at Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks. She later took silk in 2010.

In her first years at the Bar, Wendy was briefed to appear with and was junior to Gavan Griffith QC and Melissa Perry, now The Honourable Justice Perry of the FCA in the constitutional case, Kartinyeri v Commonwealth (1998) 195 CLR 337.

Wendy practises principally in commercial and public law, in large scale matters often involving banks, insurers or large listed entities in both Federal and State courts.

In more recent years, Wendy has acted mainly for secured lenders and external controllers in major litigation matters including those arising from the collapse of many prominent Managed Investment Schemes including Westpoint, Timbercorp, Willmott, Gunns, and Banksia.

Wendy has been briefed in a significant number of securities class actions, an area that has burgeoned over the last decade. These include: the Newcrest, the National Australia Bank, WorleyParsons, UGL Limited and Murray Goulburn class actions. She also acted for State of Victoria in the major class action litigation arising from the Black Saturday bushfires.

Wendy also has significant non-executive board experience including having been Chair of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre between 2011 and 2015. She attributes this experience to significantly assisting her understanding of corporate decision-making, which has enhanced her commercial advisory skills further.

In this Q & A session, Wendy Harris QC discusses the Tabcorp and Tatts litigation, the arguments behind each claim, the legal issues of interest and the key issues left for decision in future cases.