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Angela Pearsall

Angela Pearsall


Angela Pearsall

Angela Pearsall has extensive experience in dispute resolution. She specialises in large-scale commercial litigation and class actions, as well as contentious regulatory litigation and investigations.

Angela’s experience spans corporations law, directors’ duties, contract, misleading and deceptive conduct, professional indemnity claims, insolvency and fraud. She regularly represents banks, large corporates and a preeminent global accounting and auditing firm.

Angela is a member of our global Shareholder Risk team.

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Clients have sought her representation and strategic advice in a number of important and high profile cases including:

  • Advising Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in relation to complex, multi-party proceedings arising from the collapse of electronics retailer Dick Smith
  • Advising regarding an inquiry under the Charitable Fundraising Act in relation to various RSL entities and the Banking Royal Commission
  • Acting for a leading accounting firm in relation to proceedings arising from the collapse of the Hastie Group
  • Acting for a leading accounting firm in relation to a shareholder class action concerning its role as auditor of Tamaya Resources (in liquidation), as well as related Federal Court of Australia proceedings brought by the liquidator
  • Acting for a leading retail bank in relation to an internal investigation of certain financial planning advice
  • Acting for a leading bank in response to allegations that it acted unconscionably and for an improper purpose in appointing receivers and managers over one of its customers
  • Acting for a resource company in relation to a multi-billion dollar mining royalty dispute
  • Acting for a mining company in successfully opposing an application by a minority shareholder for leave to bring proceedings in the company's name against its director and majority shareholder
  • Acting for a resource company in relation to a threatened environmental contamination incident and a possible constitutional challenge to the carbon tax
  • Acting for an investment bank in class action proceedings by investors in financial products underpinned by CDOs, in relation to alleged misleading or deceptive representations contained in information memoranda
  • Acting for a Hong Kong based sporting events company, in relation to a parliamentary inquiry and associated claims arising from a bush fire
  • Acting for a former non-executive director of a publicly listed company in relation to civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC against him and 11 other defendants in relation to alleged contraventions of the Corporations Act

Contact details

Career and qualifications

  • Australian National University (Bachelor of Laws) 1994
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Australian Capital Territory 1994
  • Admitted in the High Court of Australia 1994
  • Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia 1996
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Western Australia 2005
  • Joined Clifford Chance as Partner 2016
  • ARITA Advanced Certification Course with distinction 2017 (University of Technology Sydney in conjunction with ARITA (Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association)

Professional bodies

  • Law Council of Australia
  • Women's Lawyers Association of NSW
  • Commercial Law Association of Australia
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Law Society of NSW
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association Advanced Certification 2017

Awards and citations

  • Recognised as a leading lawyer in the 2016 Doyle's Guide and the most recent rankings for Best Lawyers
  • The "down-to-earth and pragmatic" Angela Pearsall
    Asia Pacific Legal 500 2015-2016
  • Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    Lawyer Rankings 2016 – Doyles
  • "Recommended" in Dispute Resolution
    Asia Pacific Legal 500 2015-2016
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Best Lawyers Australia 2014-2016
  • Class Action Litigation
    Best Lawyers Australia 2014-2016
  • Litigation
    Best Lawyers Australia 2014-2016
  • Highly Recommended: Dispute Resolution
    Asia Pacific Legal 500 2007-2008