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).
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