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Naomi Griffin

Naomi Griffin


Naomi Griffin

Naomi Griffin specialises in commercial dispute resolution. She has experience in large-scale litigation and class actions, as well as contentious regulatory litigation and investigations, commercial and contractual disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct, professional indemnity claims, insolvency and fraud. She represents preeminent global accounting and auditing firms, large corporates and financial institutions.

Naomi joined Clifford Chance as counsel in October 2019. Naomi was a senior legal project manager with Clifford Chance, London and the investigations team of a global bank in London from 2016 to 2019. For the 12 years prior to this, Naomi was a senior associate at Ashurst in the commercial litigation group. Naomi has an MBA from Warwick Business School, a Masters of Law from UNSW and a Bachelor of Science/Laws from the University of Newcastle.

Commercial Litigation & Class Actions

  • a leading accounting firm on its defence of proceedings arising from the collapse of the Dick Smith Group (proceedings by receivers and managers as well as two shareholder class actions)
  • a leading accounting firm on its defence of proceedings arising from the collapse of the Hastie Group (a shareholder class action)
  • a resource company in relation to a mediation to resolve historical environmental contamination on a Sydney CBD construction site
  • the Commonwealth in relation to the defence of a class action relating to the escape of equine influenza from a quarantine station
  • a wealth management company in several class actions in the Federal Court of Australia brought by investors in synthetic collateralised debt obligations
  • a leading retail bank on allegations that it acted unconscionably for an improper purpose in appointing receivers and managers over one of its customers
  • an investment bank in relation to proceedings arising from the sell-down of an options portfolio following a margin call
  • the liquidators of a complementary health manufacturer in defending proceedings by customers for breach of contract and misleading and deceptive conduct
  • the liquidators of a major insurance company in proceedings relating to accounting irregularities
  • SHFA on a range of disputes with tenants including proceedings in the Supreme Court and NCAT
  • an investment bank in relation to Supreme Court proceedings arising from a failed securitisation
  • a resource company in relation to a parliamentary inquiry arising from a threatened environmental contamination incident at a manufacturing site

Regulatory matters

  • a leading retail bank on an internal investigation of certain financial planning advice
  • a senior executive of an investment bank in relation to an ASIC examination
  • a senior executive of a major corporate in relation to an ASIC examination

Legal project management

  • a global retail bank in relation to the Brexit-related transfer of its business to Ireland by court application and related business sales of European branches
  • a global bank in relation to a Monitor-led investigation of sanctions compliance involving multiple entities
  • a payments company in relation to the acquisition and integration of a payments terminal business
  • an energy company in an arbitration in Singapore relating to payments under an energy supply contract

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Newcastle (B Science/LLB (Hons)) 2001
  • Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales 2002
  • Admitted to the High Court Registry of Practitioners 2003
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales 2007
  • Certified Legal Project Manager
  • University of New South Wales (M Laws) 2011
  • Senior associate and associate, Ashurst (Sydney) 2002 – 2016
  • Senior legal project manager, HSBC (London) 2016-2017
  • University of Warwick (MBA) (with Merit) 2019
  • Senior legal project manager, Clifford Chance (London) 2018-2019
  • Joined Clifford Chance (Sydney) as counsel 2019

Professional bodies

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Australian Legal Technology Association