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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Competition/Antitrust

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What the team is known for

Corrs Chambers Westgarth operates an independent competition law practice offering comprehensive advice on merger, regulatory investigation and access issues for high-end clients, making it a popular choice for cross-border referrals. Wide-ranging sector expertise includes informed coverage of energy and resources, transportation and telecommunications issues and noted strength in the digital property sector, and the team is also praised for complementing its core competition offering with an exceptional consumer law capability. Litigation experience and regular engagement by the ACCC is leveraged to advise on areas of competition enforcement coming under increased scrutiny from the regulator, and augmented by an increased capability to handle investigation-related mandates. Clients include Coca-Cola, Fuji Xerox and Refinitiv.

Strengths

A client describes the Corrs Chambers Westgarth handling of a matter as follows: "The firm has significant expertise in dealing with complex competition matters and provided me with the necessary support I required. It was also able to identify the strategy to be undertaken to ensure compliance with the requirements of the regulators. In short, the firm provided me with a complete solution in circumstances where I would have otherwise been overwhelmed."

Another client reports that the team "has a great level of expertise, but is commercial and practical in its approach and always timely with its advice."

Work highlights

The Corrs Chambers Westgarth team defended Google in landmark Federal Court proceedings, initiated by the ACCC on the alleged grounds of Google having engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in respect of the collection and use of consumers' location data.

Notable practitioners

Mark McCowan covers the full spectrum of competition matters, supplying transactional, contentious and regulatory counsel to a diverse client base from the Sydney office. A client says of him: "Mark is an outstanding competition lawyer with an excellent understanding of competition law. He has a deep understanding of the industries we operate in and is able to apply that knowledge to ensure that the advice he provides is always well considered, practical and fit for our organisation. He is an excellent communicator and presenter and is able to distil complex competition issues into simple and jargon-free concepts that are understandable by commercial teams and non-competition lawyers alike."

Richard Flitcroft is noted for his focus on ACCC investigation and other regulatory issues and experience of litigation in superior courts at both state and Commonwealth level. Clients appreciate him as a lawyer who is "always willing to assist and responsive to requirements" and demonstrates "a genuine interest in the subject matter and high levels of personal investment in the client and the outcome." He is based in Sydney.

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Competition/Antitrust

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Location

Level 17, 8 Chifley, 8-12 Chifley Square, NSW 2000

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

2000

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Australia

Competition/Antitrust


Mark McCowan
Band 2
Richard Flitcroft
Band 4