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Naomi Griffin

Naomi Griffin


Naomi Griffin

With over 20 years' experience in her legal career, Naomi has acted for clients across a range of sectors and industries on complex commercial litigation, class actions and regulatory investigations. She has experience litigating in the Federal Court and Supreme Courts of NSW and Victoria as well as in the Queens Bench division in the UK (being admitted as a solicitor in NSW and the High Court of Australia and in England and Wales). She has advised clients in parliamentary inquiries and follow-on litigation to such inquiries. Naomi is Co-Chair of the firm's global Class Actions and Group Litigation Group, Co-Chair of the Innovation & Best Delivery Committee for APAC and a member of the global ESG Risk working group.

Naomi previously worked for a top tier Australian firm, in-house at a global bank and in-house at a wealth manager. She has training and experience as a legal project manager and regularly integrates technology into her team's project delivery.

Naomi is highly regarded by clients for her technical skills and trial experience. Legal 500 recognised Naomi as a "Next Generation Partner" in 2023.

She earned her Masters of Business Administration from Warwick Business School, Warwick University, her Masters of Law from the University of New South Wales and her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Science from the University of Newcastle (with an emphasis on chemistry).

Naomi is a passionate supporter of the firm's Accelerate network promoting greater diversity and inclusion.

Commercial Litigation & Class Actions

  • a global private equity firm in relation to breaches of warranty claims brought in the New South Wales Supreme Court arising from the acquisition of a FMCG business and alleged inaccuracies in the financial statements
  • 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): 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 3); National Australia Bank v Nicholas Abboud (No 4) [2021] NSWSC 673 (Company and Bank proceedings), 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 the Hastie Group (a shareholder class action): Sadie Ville Pty Ltd v Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (A Firm) (No 7) [2023] FCA 1273
  • 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: Clasul Pty Ltd v Commonwealth of Australia [2016] FCA 1119
  • 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 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 2019
  • Partner since May 2022

Professional bodies

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