Competition Law

The Harper Review

Professor Ian Harper's review of competition policy is the most significant review of Australia's competition laws and policy in more than 20 years.

In September 2016, the Federal Government released its much anticipated exposure draft. The proposed legislation is the next step in the Government's response to the Harper Review of competition law and policy. You can download our analysis of the key provisions.

Please feel free to contact a member of our competition and consumer law team to discuss the Government's response in more detail and how it applies to your organisation.

Visit our Harper Review website

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.

Top ranked expertise

The competition law team at Allens tops the rankings in two key industry guides.

The 2017 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific ranks Allens as top tier (band one) for competition law in Australia, noting Allens' 'standout across the board for its ability to marry highly professional, intelligent and articulate lawyers to great commerciality. Allens really understands how to work with a business and help it achieve its goals'

Global Competition Review's GCR100 2016 also ranks Allens as a top tier 'elite' competition law practice, noting that 'the team's behavioural track record is second to none.'