Competition & Consumer Law
Since its introduction in 1974, the Trade Practices Act had a profound impact on how companies conducted their business. Effective 1 January 2011, the Trade Practices Act was amended to be re-named the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) and which now includes a single national consumer protection regime named the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Compliance with the CCA and the ACL is a critical issue for boards and senior management. In addition to managing the substantial legal risk and consequences of non-compliance, an effective compliance program helps businesses to develop trust and confidence in their customers, the community and their employees.
Our Competition & Consumer Law team has specialist skills in competition and consumer protection litigation, and has experience acting both for and against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). David Lieberman, a Consultant in our Competition team, is a former Commissioner with the ACCC, and offers you the benefit of his extensive experience at the highest levels of the ACCC.
We provide advice to a diverse client base, including public and private corporations, major manufacturing and service companies, energy companies, IT companies, overseas companies and industry associations.
Our full range of services include:
- Compliance programs and audits, and compliance training
- Restrictive trade practices, such as price fixing
- Litigation and dispute resolution
- Consumer protection issues, including misleading and unconscionable conduct
- ACCC authorisations and notifications
- ACCC investigations
- Marketing and distribution
- Advertising and promotions
- Technology related exemptions
- Access regimes