Key Practice Fields
Paul McCann is recognised as one of Sydney’s most effective litigation lawyers in superior court jurisdictions, with a reputation for exceptional commitment to client service.
With over 30 years experience in the area of commercial litigation, various Federal and State Commissions of Inquiry and the defence of corporate prosecutions, Paul’s skills are in the strategic management of the whole of the litigation process, particularly involving complex issues. Paul’s intention is at all times to secure the right client outcome, whether through a commercial settlement, mediation, arbitration or a court proceeding, at the earliest opportunity.
In addition, Paul has played a pivotal role in the management of a leading law firm as a member of various senior executive teams charged with enhancing the firm’s service standards, maintaining its reputation for professional excellence and optimising its operational performance and efficiency.
Commissions of Inquiry
RSL (NSW Branch)
Appointed by the NSW Branch of the RSL to convene a Board of Enquiry to be chaired by a retired High Court Judge to enquire into serious allegations of widespread financial abuse in the workings of the State Branch over several years. Proceedings were subsequently assumed by the NSW Government exercising its powers under the Charities Act.
Acted for Destination NSW, the lead government agency for the New South Wales tourism and major events sector, in a coronial inquiry surrounding the death of a tourist attending the Vivid Sydney 2014 event.
Rio Tinto Limited
Acted for Rio Tinto Limited 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.
Acted for Cardinal Pell, Head of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia, in respect of issues before a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry and before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Examples of Major Litigation
Acted for Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, over control of a multi-billion dollar trust maintained by two of her four children.
British American Tobacco
Acted for British American Tobacco in proceedings to restrain the use of confidential information and involving allegations of perversion of the course of justice and conspiracy.
Lucent Technologies Australia Ltd
Acted for Lucent Technologies Australia Ltd
in a dispute involving complex issues surrounding supply installation agreements, title to Australia wide infrastructure and the interaction of insolvency and receivership laws, on that title.
Downer EDI Rail
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 was the largest rolling stock order in Australia’s history. The Waratah train project ranks amongst the largest public-private partnerships in New South Wales’ history.
Downer EDI/Yokogawa Australia Pty Ltd
Acted for the joint venture Downer EDI/ Yokogawa Australia Pty Ltd on the resolution of multi million dollar claims arising out of the Playford Power Station, SA.
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.