Competition and Consumer Law

Competition and Consumer Law

Our lawyers have represented clients in all areas of competition and consumer law, including:

  • preparing numerous reports pursuant to section 87B undertakings to the ACCC, including in relation to resale price maintenance, a structural separation of two companies, consumer guarantees and the divestiture of a business for the purpose of a proposed acquisition;
  • providing competition law advice to clients including in relation to third line forcing, anti-competitive agreements price fixing, resale price maintenance and misuse of market power;
  • acting for numerous clients in matters which have involved allegations of breaches of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth), including in the Supreme Court of NSW, the NSW Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Australia;
  • providing advice to clients about unfair contracts, unconscionable conduct, advertising disputes, dealing with regulators in product recalls, misleading or deceptive conduct and the Australian Consumer Law;
  • acting for respondents to section 155 ACCC notices;
  • preparing industry codes of conduct and obtaining authorisation from the ACCC;
  • acting for clients who have been the subject of ACCC investigations and representing clients in proceedings commenced by the ACCC;
  • acting for parties obtaining clearance from the ACCC for mergers and acquisitions;
  • acting for a potential entrant to the PAY TV market on exclusive dealing and exclusionary provisions;
  • acting for parties in relation to a mergers and acquisitions which may cause a substantial lessening of competition;
  • acting as Chairman of the Code of Conduct Committee of Medicines Australia, which determines whether or not pharmaceutical companies have breached the Code of Conduct; and
  • acting for a concrete manufacturer in a dispute with 145 of its lorry owner drivers. The claim involved allegations the lorry owner drivers had engaged in restrictive trade practices. The lorry owner drivers had a claim against the manufacturer for misleading or deceptive conduct and a claim based on promissory estoppel.

Our lawyers have also presented seminars and prepared publications on competition and consumer law and have lectured at the College of Law on Federal Court Practice in relation to competition law matters.

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