Hugh McLernon is an Executive Director of Omni Bridgeway and oversees Special Projects for the company.
Hugh is a lawyer by training. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia. After graduation, he worked as a Crown Prosecutor for eight years and then as a barrister at the independent bar for a further nine years, before joining Clayton Utz for three years as a litigation partner.
In 1988, Mr McLernon retired from legal practice and introduced the secondary life insurance market into Australia through the Capital Life Exchange. He also pioneered the funding of large-scale litigation into Australia through McLernon Group Limited in 1992. In 1997 Mr McLernon faced and overcame the first claim of champerty in the modern era made in the Federal Court before French J (As he then was) in Penale -v- McLernon Group Limited.
From 1996 to 2001, Mr McLernon was the Managing Director of McLernon Group Limited as well as the Hill Group of companies which operates in the finance, mining, property, insurance and investment arenas of Australia.
In 2001 Mr McLernon promoted the listing of Insolvency Management Fund Limited (now Omni Bridgeway Limited) onto the ASX.
Mr McLernon has been an Executive Director of Omni Bridgeway since December 2001 and was the inaugural Managing Director through to December 2004. He became the Managing Director again on 18 March 2009 and retired from that role on 5 January 2015.
The American Lawyer included Mr McLernon in its list of the Top 50 innovators for Big Law in the US during the course of the previous half century. He is also recognised in the Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance 2021 Guide.
- Co-Presenter: Class Action Reform in Australia – A view from the cutting edge. Australian Insurance Law Association 2018 Conference. 1 November 2018. Perth, WA.
- Panel Discussion: Class Action Reform in Australia. Corrs Chambers Westgarth. 26 July 2018. Melbourne, VIC.
- Panel Discussion: Seminar on Increased Regulation of Litigation Funding. Monash Business School. 9 April 2018. Melbourne, VIC.