Anne is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer who partners with clients to achieve the best and most efficient outcomes when disputes arise. Anne has represented large multi-nationals, as well as smaller corporations and individuals. She has acted in a wide range of commercial disputes including representing parties in a Royal Commission, and in Courts and Tribunals of all levels in a number of Australian states, as well as in the United Kingdom.
Anne has acted for both claimants and defendants in commercial and other class actions.
She regularly advises clients on contractual obligations and possible actions against contracting parties, including actions for breaches of legislation, such as the Competition and Consumer Act and the Corporations Act and in negligence, as well as defending clients against such claims. Anne also has expertise in prosecuting and defending professional indemnity claims and claims on insurance.
Anne has run litigious matters for clients from a range of sectors and industries, including energy and resources, health, transport, wine and retail. She has managed cases arising from complex construction and procurement contracts, and property acquisitions, and disputes arising from joint venture relationships.
Anne’s experience includes a range of alternative dispute mechanisms, including mediation, expert determination and arbitration.
Anne is on the editorial panel for LexisNexis Competition and Consumer Law News, to which she regularly contributes.
‘Anne is sensible, efficient, extremely responsive, hard-working and reliable. She has very well rounded knowledge, is calm and collected and very good to work with.’
Client Testimony: Healthcare company – Senior Legal Director
Anne Freeman is second to none in client service. Goes above and beyond to maintain the highest quality of legal services and strives for the best outcome. Excellent communication skills, strong leadership and good to work with.’
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Australia – Dispute resolution: Litigation – 2022 edition
‘Anne Freeman is an excellent communicator with a high level of expertise and an excellent work ethic. She is also very client focused.’
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Australia – Dispute resolution: Litigation – 2023 edition
‘Anne Freeman stands out for her dedication to her cases and clients. She works very closely with the client on strategic issues, but remains across the detail of the legal and factual issues to guide the work of her team.’
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Australia – Dispute resolution: Class Actions- 2023 edition
- Best Lawyers in Australia – Recognised for Alternative Dispute Resolution (Sydney, AU) – Since 2021 edition
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Australia – Recommended for Dispute Resolution: Litigation – 2020, 2022 & 2023 editions
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Australia – Recommended for Dispute Resolution: Class Actions – 2023 edition
Recent deals and media coverage
- Abbott V Zoetis Australia Pty Ltd – Global Legal Chronicle, 25 November 2022 (paywall)
13 December 2022
Webinar Q&As: Crisis Management – When it hits the fan… responding to a crisisRead More
09 August 2022
Federal Court of Australia orders Respondent in shareholder class action to hand over insurance informationRead More
03 May 2021
Another layer to the shield: legal advice is protected by privilege where a company’s director...Read More
20 August 2020
The dangers of fake reviews: Service seeking fined for its ‘fast feedback’ review systemRead More
16 May 2019
Contracting with small businesses: include unfair terms in your standard form contracts at your perilRead More
06 April 2017
Access to information in joint ventures: the dangers of being kept in the darkRead More
23 June 2015
Sellers Beware – Price List Increase misrepresentations result in $520,000 pecuniary penaltyRead More
28 April 2015