Ian Dallen

Partner. Sydney.

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Ian Dallen

If you have a big ticket corporate dispute on your hands, you need a lawyer that is insightful, meticulous, a good negotiator and a great litigator, someone like Ian Dallen.

Ian specialises in the resolution of corporate and commercial disputes spanning professional services (including conflicts of interest), product liability, financial services, commercial contracts, white collar fraud and international trade.

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If you have a big ticket corporate dispute on your hands, you need a lawyer that is insightful, meticulous, a good negotiator and a great litigator, someone like Ian Dallen.

Ian specialises in the resolution of corporate and commercial disputes spanning professional services (including conflicts of interest), product liability, financial services, commercial contracts, white collar fraud and international trade.

He is a strategic thinker, who can work across borders and jurisdictions to find solutions.  Ian has over 20 years of experience as a dispute resolution lawyer and his expertise covers contractual claims, tort claims (including professional negligence and intentional torts), equitable remedies and statutory rights.

Ian is skilled at managing commercial disputes via formal court proceedings (including complex large-scale superior court litigation, class actions, appellant proceedings and proceedings in rem under admiralty law jurisdiction), alternative dispute resolution forums (ADR) and private arbitration.  Ian is calm, considered, solution-focused and commercially astute.

“Great legal talent on the ground in Australia” BNP Paribas
Ian Dallen

Ian's Expertise

  • Class actions Ian has acted in some of the most significant Australian class actions, including: for the Commonwealth Government in the defence of Pharm-a-care – the largest class action ever brought against the Government and centered on alleged negligence and/or misfeasance by a Regulator; for the successful corporate distributor in Wallis Lake – who avoided statutory liability; and the successful “dissident shareholders” in Dairy Farmers – who obtained a permanent injunction against a demutualisation.
  • International trade and admiralty law Ian has acted in a variety of cross border international trade disputes for financiers, importers & exporters involving arbitrations as well as multi-jurisdictional litigation spanning court systems in Australia, Singapore, India, England & the USA. Ian also has an in-depth knowledge of admiralty law and the operation of this unique jurisdiction, including conducting successful proceedings in rem in order to arrest ships in Australian waters as security for maritime claims.
  • Banking & financial services disputes Ian acts for international & domestic banks and other financial services clients in a variety of disputes, including: acting in relation to a substantial security trader fraud; acting in a variety of complex unit pricing disputes centred on the rights & obligations of investment managers, custodians and funds administrators; and acting in relation to a dispute centred on the cause of multi-million dollar losses arising from FX options trading.
  • Product liability Ian acts for various multi-national corporations in relation to Australian product liability law issues faced by them, including: AGC Glass (building & construction products); Alcon (medical products); BP (petroleum products); Johnson & Johnson (medical, pharmaceutical & consumer products); and Pokémon (consumer products).

Ian's Leadership

  • Law Council of Australia Professional Ethics Committee - Adviser on ASCR Consultation Discussion Paper
  • Law Firms Australia LFA Risk Liaison Group
  • Defence Research Institute Member
  • National Product Liability Association of Australia Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth Ethics & Conflicts Partner – Chair of the Ethics & Conflicts Committee
    Professional Standards Partner – Chair of the Professional Standards Committee

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer - Alternative Dispute Resolution ” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2017-2020
  • “Best Lawyer - Class Action Litigation ” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2016-2020
  • “Best Lawyer - Product Liability Litigation” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2014-2020
  • “Great ‘legal talent’ on the ground in Australia... without whose permanent, consistent, insightful support this result never would have been achieved! Well done Ian!” BNP Paribas
  • “Ian, congratulations on an outstanding result. We appreciate your hard work and wise counsel on achieving this favorable outcome.” Johnson & Johnson
  • “Thank you for your strategic guidance and unwavering commitment. The result in the Federal Court was simply brilliant! We couldn’t be happier” Royal Vopak

Ian's Thinking