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About Liam

Liam Cavell is a Senior Associate in the firm’s dispute resolution and litigation practice in Sydney. His practice focuses on representing and advising companies and individuals across a broad range of commercial disputes, white collar criminal matters, and regulatory investigations.

Prior to joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, Liam was a Senior Federal Prosecutor at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. In this role, Liam prosecuted complex fraud offences committed against Commonwealth agencies, including a number of high-profile matters. He has experience in relation to tax, social security and financial services offences, and has particular expertise in electoral offences, including those relating to voting and political donations.

Liam previously worked at Herbert Smith Freehills and was an Associate to her Honour Judge Flannery SC in the District Court of New South Wales. Between 2016 and 2018 he was the Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Criminal Law Committee.

Practice focus

Liam’s practice focuses on the following areas:

  • commercial litigation and dispute resolution
  • corporate regulatory investigations and enforcement action, and
  • white collar crime.


White collar crime

Liam has acted for public and private companies and individuals, including on behalf of:

  • a listed company: in relation to an internal investigation into insider trading, and
  • a private company: on its potential criminal liability for breach of disclosure obligations.

the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to:

  • the hearing, sentence and appeal proceedings for the former Deputy Mayor of Auburn City Council, Salim Mehajer, in relation to electoral fraud
  • sentencing proceedings for an individual charged with attempting to obtain over $2.2 million in false tax refunds, and
  • sentencing proceedings for an individual charged with obtaining over $300,000 in false tax refunds.

Regulatory investigations

  • an individual: in a section 19 examination in relation to an ASIC investigation into insider trading, and
  • a financial services company and its former director: in a hearing before an ASIC delegate regarding an application to cancel the company’s AFSL and ban the director from providing financial services.

Representative proceedings

  • a former director: in relation to a class action against Suncorp regarding commissions paid to third parties.

Administrative law

  • a corporate Commonwealth entity: in relation to the reviewability of its decisions under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth).

Environment & planning

  • a mining company: in sentencing proceedings for an environmental offence (pre-ABL).

Employment and work health & safety

  • a healthcare services company: in the inquests into three deaths at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre (pre-ABL).

Recognition & publications

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