Phi Finney McDonald



Dispute resolution

Class action boutique law firm Phi Finney McDonald was founded in 2017 by leading class action lawyers. Specialising in complex and large-scale class action litigation, the firm is regularly retained and publicly backed by the largest institutional investors around the world. Its clientele includes some of the largest and most influential pension schemes, private investors, sovereign wealth funds, and investment platforms.

Ben Phi, Tim Finney and Odette McDonald are key principal lawyers at the firm with profound experience in class action disputes, both on the plaintiff and defendant sides.

Work highlights include acting for a plaintiff seeking to recover some of the loss in share value suffered by investors because of BHP’s alleged failure to disclose material information to the market and its alleged misleading or deceptive conduct; and acting for representative applicants and First Nations leaders, Pabai Pabai and Paul Kabai from the islands of Boigu and Saibai in the Torres Strait, in a landmark climate change class action. The proceeding is the first climate class action in Australia brought by First Nations leaders.

Client feedback

“They are attentive and proactive. We enjoy working with the firm because the lawyers are practical and client oriented. Most importantly, they have a deep knowledge of class actions, and they have a well-organised and experienced team to handle large scale disputes.” – Class action

“They are pre-eminent in the field of securities class actions and have also branched out successfully into other class actions such as ESG and data breach claims.” – Class action

“The firm is extremely responsive and dedicated to their pro bono work, providing a high level of service at all times. They are extremely facilitative, have specialist legal knowledge, excel at communicating with clients and stakeholders, and developing creative test cases. They provide extremely clear and thorough advice, are responsive to concerns and questions, and invest huge time and effort in pro bono work.” – Government and regulatory

Ben Phi

“He is the leading individual in class actions. He is a very experienced and brilliant lawyer.”

“Ben manages to run the law firm business whilst still being intensely immersed in day-to-day case work.”