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Holding Redlich’s litigators regularly conduct cases in the Australian courts at all levels involving competition and consumer law and principles including restrictive trade practices and conduct which is misleading and deceptive.

In competition and consumer law, as with all areas of our practice, we seek to devise strategic and practical solutions for our clients in the most cost-effective manner possible.  We employ our specialist understanding of the applicable law to achieve successful outcomes for our clients. 

Examples of our experience

  • Acting for the subsidiary of an ASX listed magazine publisher in Federal Court proceedings, defending allegations of misuse of market power and anti-competitive conduct made by a competitor.
  • Acting for a professional body advising on third line forcing issues relating to educational requirements and training programmes.
  • Advising individuals in relation to investigations by the ACCC into price fixing, cartel conduct and anti-competitive arrangements, the operation of the various community policies of the ACCC, and the nature of civil penalty and criminal offence prosecutions brought by the ACCC and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
  • Advising individuals and corporations in relation to Part IV of the Competition and Consumer Act, in particular, the prohibitions on cartel conduct, exclusionary provisions, anti-competitive contracts and price fixing, and other cartels.  We have advised a global recruitment agency, a large Australian media company and a former director of a publically listed financial services company, among many others.   
  • Advising a global cruise ship line in relation to advertising, and terms and conditions in relation to Part IV of the Act.
  • Representing a state owned corporation in a claim over the installation of critical software systems which included a misleading or deceptive conduct claim. The case was successfully settled in the context of a multi-party mediation.
  • Representing a major accounting firm in relation to a large damages claim for breach of warranty and misleading or deceptive conduct claims arising from the sale of a business.
  • An ASX listed toll-roads operator in Supreme Court of NSW proceedings, defending a claim in excess of $15 million by an investment bank for fees allegedly owed in respect of a takeover, and which involved claims of misleading or deceptive conduct against the investment bank.
  • A commercial air-carrier in injunction proceedings regarding the use of “free”.
  • An insurer in negotiations with the ACCC regarding undertakings concerning the advertising of insurance products.
  • A major health fund in competition litigation under the (then) Trade Practices Act.

 

Key People

Chris Brodrick | Melbourne
Charles Power | Melbourne
Howard Rapke | Melbourne
Stephen Trew | Sydney
Greg Wrobel | Sydney
Toby Boys | Brisbane
Paul Venus | Brisbane


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