Stephen O’Dowd

Senior Director of Litigation Funding

Originator of new investment opportunities with a particular focus on class actions, competition claims and the use of litigation funding in Australia.

With nearly eight years’ experience of sourcing, assessing and managing complex investments, Stephen is a highly-regarded expert in litigation funding.

Experienced in both private practice with Addleshaw Goddard and in-house as Head of Commercial Litigation with British Telecommunications Plc, Stephen has established deep and strong relationships with leading litigation practitioners in Australia and in the UK.

Stephen holds a law degree from the University of Nottingham and qualified as a solicitor in 2000.

In March 2020, Stephen won the ‘Litigation Individual, Europe’ award at the Lexology Global Counsel Awards.

Stephen O’Dowd has, over a number years during which I have had the pleasure of working with him, been consistently insightful, responsive and diligent such that we have been able to achieve significant outcomes in complex cases.

Ben Slade, Managing Principal NSW, Maurice Blackburn

Strategic and very savvy. No nonsense and a common-sense approach. Very good to deal with – Stephen lets you know very quickly how he sees the claim and always outlines a clear path forward.

Paul Reidy and Paul Buitendag, Johnson Winter & Slattery

Stephen is excellent to work with. He is knowledgeable, accessible, calm and frank. He keeps abreast of developments in cases that he supervises and of the broader context in the jurisdictions in which he operates. He involves himself when he should do to protect the funder’s interests, and when he is needed by the lawyers, but never unnecessarily.

Rebecca Gilsenan, Principal Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn

Stephen is a real group/ class action funding specialist, who knows his market well, is pragmatic, commercial but also extremely thorough.

Richard Leedham, Partner, Mishcon de Reya