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Rhys Dutton

Rhys Dutton

Senior Associate

Senior Associate
Rhys Dutton

Rhys is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in Sydney. He specialises in large-scale and complex commercial litigation, contentious dispute resolution and class actions.

Rhys’ experience spans large-scale commercial litigation and class actions, contractual disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct and numerous matters in the Court of Appeal. Rhys represents large corporates, banks and preeminent global accounting, audit and advisory firms.

Rhys has over 6 years of experience in accounting and financial management roles prior to his admission as a solicitor and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Newcastle and Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University.

Commercial Litigation, Class Actions & Regulatory

Rhys has acted in a number of important and high profile cases, including acting on behalf of:

  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in relation to complex, multi-party proceedings arising from the collapse of ASX 200 electronics retailer Dick Smith: DSHE Holdings (Receivers & Managers Appointed)(In Liquidation) v Nicholas Abboud (No 3); National Australia Bank v Nicholas Abboud (No 4) [2021] NSWSC 673 (Company and Bank proceedings), Findlay v DSHE Holdings Ltd; Mastoris v DSHE Holdings Ltd; Mastoris v Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd [2021] NSWSC 249 (class action settlement approval), DSHE Holdings (Receivers & Managers Appointed)(In Liquidation) v Nicholas Abboud (No 4); National Australia Bank Limited v Nicholas Abboud (No 5) [2022] NSWSC 91 (costs judgment)
  • a leading accounting firm on its defence of proceedings arising from the collapse of Australia’s largest mortgage investment fund;
  • a leading accounting firm on its defence of a shareholder class action arising from the collapse of an ASX 200 company;
  • a leading accounting firm in relation to public examinations arising from subsidiaries of an ASX 200 company being placed into administration;
  • a major Australian bank in relation to negligent legal advice, the interpretation of stamp duty legislation across all Australian states and territories, and recovery under those acts and in the context of the Limitation Act 1969 (NSW);
  • an Australian retailer in relation to contractual breaches by a major Chinese bank.

Court of Appeal matters

Rhys has acted in a number of Court of Appeal cases, including acting on behalf of:

  • a resource entity in relation to a Judicial review of a refusal to order costs, whether that refusal constituted an ‘order’, and whether a prosecutor had a right of appeal under s 5AA of the Criminal Appeal Act 1912 (NSW);
  • a resource entity in relation to an appeal in relation to inadequacy of moiety of fine, objective seriousness of offence, whether the Court of Appeal should exercise power to resentence and whether the Supreme Court appropriately exercised its discretion;
  • a resource entity in relation to the definition of a coal miner under the Coal Industry Act 2001 (NSW), the result of which necessitated the Coal Industry Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW);
  • a national insurer in relation to the question of reasonable foreseeability, breach of duty and causation;
  • a construction entity in relation to the scope of vicarious liability and duty of care, the apportionment of responsibility and damages.

Finance and Accounting

  • S & P 500 company in the head office accounting function;
  • national Australian company, leading the accounting and finance function;
  • private practice, advisory and financial accounting.

News and client work

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