Competition Law

Harper Review: the major issues

The Harper Review is a significant review of Australia's competition laws and policy. Its draft report just released contains many recommendations that could have significant ramifications on competition law enforcement in Australia.

In this video update, Allens' Competition Law experts examine the major proposals and potential implications for business.

Fiona Crosbie

Fiona Crosbie discusses the proposed creation of a new regulator, the Australian Council for Competition Policy, and its potential powers.

David Brewster

David Brewster and Frontier Economics chairman Phillip Williams debate the proposed amendment to the misuse of market power provisions, and look at the proposed new defences and how these would work in practice.

Carolyn Oddie

Carolyn Oddie analyses the intellectual property rights recommendations and the tension between the desirability of IP rights and the need for innovation in a fast-changing digital environment.

Kon Stellios

Kon Stellios examines cartel provisions and two particular issues of interest to business - the recommendations on joint venture exceptions and vertical supply arrangements.

Our Competition Law Group is a powerful and talented team of lawyers operating throughout the region.

Our team offers clients experience, expertise and commonsense in dealing with the full spectrum of trade practices issues, including:

  • mergers and acquisitions;
  • joint ventures;
  • anti-competitive conduct allegations;
  • ACCC investigations and immunity applications;
  • access undertakings and arrangements;
  • ACCC enforcement and third party litigation;
  • marketing and advertising reviews;
  • review of contractual terms; and
  • compliance programs.

We have acted in many of Australia's major cartel investigations, prosecutions and class actions, high profile mergers, access disputes and consumer protection proceedings. We offer corporate, government and other clients the full range of competition law services, from advice on competition laws to compliance programs. We conduct litigation and represent clients before the ACCC, the Australian Competition Tribunal, the National Competition Council and state regulatory agencies. We also assist clients to structure their growth and acquisition plans to minimise trade practices issues.

We have an extensive knowledge of the regulators' operations and procedures. We have a reputation for resolving novel and complex regulatory issues with the ACCC. Our partners edit the Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law, and are members of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

Industry specialists

The Competition Group is involved in many significant transactions across a wide spectrum of industries, including advertising, agribusiness, banking, broadcasting, ecommerce, energy, entertainment, food and beverage, insurance, manufacturing, media, mining and natural resources, music, pharmaceuticals, private equity, retail, telecoms and transport.

Our lawyers are actively involved in developing competition policy, ensuring that clients can deal effectively with the impact of deregulation and legislative changes.