Paul McCann

Partner. Sydney.

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Paul is a leading strategist who navigates successful outcomes from extraordinarily complex, document-laden cases.

A litigator with a wealth of experience across all jurisdictions, Paul is renowned for his ability to strategically manage the entire litigation process.

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Paul is a leading strategist who navigates successful outcomes from extraordinarily complex, document-laden cases.

A litigator with a wealth of experience across all jurisdictions, Paul is renowned for his ability to strategically manage the entire litigation process.

A leader in his field, Paul works in commercial litigation, Federal and State Commissions of Inquiry and as the defence in corporate prosecutions.

He takes pride in his outstanding commitment to client service, consistently providing exceptional attention to detail, timely, well-considered advice, and innovative solutions.

“Paul McCann is
a litigation maestro” Downer
Paul McCann

Paul's Expertise

  • Project Waratah Acted for Downer EDI Rail in relation to disputes arising from the $1.9 billion contract to deliver 78 train sets, the equivalent of about 626 carriages. This is the largest rolling stock order in Australia's history. The Waratah train project ranks amongst the largest public-private partnerships in the New South Wales’ history.
  • Rio Tinto Acted for Rio Tinto, as the owner of Northparkes Mines in a lengthy coronial inquest and associated prosecution arising out of the collapse of a massive ore body in an underground mine at Northparkes, NSW.
  • Hancock Prospecting Acted for all interests associated with Hancock Prospecting in relation to numerous civil and criminal litigation arising from the death of Lang Hancock including obtaining an inquest into his death via the rarely used fiat from the Attorney General of Western Australia.
  • HIH Collapse Acted for the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu partner, David Lombe, the inspector appointed by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority in relation to the collapse of HIH.
  • Lucent Technologies Australia Limited Advised Lucent Technologies Australia Limited in the inquiries into, and all actions associated with, the $1.2(Aust)billion collapse of One.Tel. This dispute involved complex issues surrounding supply and installation agreements, title to Australia wide infrastructure and the interaction of insolvency and receivership laws, on that title.
  • Gina Rinehart Acting for Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person over control of a multibillion dollar trust maintained by three of her four children.
  • Playford Powerstation Acting for the joint venture Downer EDI/Yokogawa Australia Pty Ltd on the resolution of multimillion dollar claims arising out of the Playford Powerstation, SA, which on liability has been successfully resolved in favour of the joint venturer.

What others say

  • “Leading Lawyer - Dispute Resolution” Chambers Global Guide, 2008-2014
  • “Impresses with his 'skill, capacity and communication ability', with one client stating that 'he remains a maestro' in dispute resolution. ” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Praised for the 'depth of knowledge and commitment to achieving optimal results' that he brings to his cases” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Best Lawyer - Litigation” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2010-2014
  • “What sets Paul McCann apart from other lawyers is his willingness to commit to his clients commercially and his client relationship management performance. Responsiveness, reliability, accountability, accessibility, commerciality, continuity – Paul has consistently hit the mark time and time again.” Danny Casey, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
  • “Best Lawyer - Alternative Dispute Resolution” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2012-2014
  • “Paul McCann is a litigation maestro. He is personable and efficient, runs litigation as efficiently as a conductor of a symphony orchestra, and economically as well.” Jeffrey Gray, Downer
  • “[One] of the most competent dispute resolution practitioners in Australia; [his] clients are in exceptionally good hands” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2012/13
  • “Leads the national litigation team and is hailed as a ‘pragmatic and highly effective strategist’ by clients. He is often enlisted to resolve high-profile matters, and led the team's recent representation of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney” Chambers Global Guide, 2008
  • “Leading Lawyer - Litigation (NSW)” Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2012 & 2013

Paul's Leadership

  • Law Society of New South Wales Member