No company can afford to ignore the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Competition and Consumer Act (previously the Trade Practices Act) or the Australian Consumer Law. The scope of this area of law is ever expanding and the ACCC’s recent willingness to bring criminal proceedings for cartel contraventions means that the risks of non-compliance have never been higher.
Penalties for breaches are severe, and your company brand, reputation and customer loyalty may all be at stake. Good advice, however, can make the difference between safely achieving your commercial goals and objectives versus falling foul of the ACCC or leaving yourself open to challenge by competitors.
We have a full service competition and consumer law practice. The team advises on the full range of competition and consumer law issues, including cartel issues, joint venture and teaming arrangements, distribution and franchising structures, unfair contract issues, consumer rights, abuse of market power, pricing and promotions, and other similar issues. We handle merger clearance for many significant mergers and acquisitions.