Webb Henderson

Competition/Antitrust Department

Australia
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What the team is known for Compact, highly respected practice, noted for its frequent representation of the ACCC on key enforcement mandates and for private sector clients, notably including major players in the FMCG, franchising, infrastructure, media and telecommunications spheres, across a broad range of competition and consumer issues. Especially noted for its handling of cartel cases, class actions and access regulation issues, and experienced in the representation of clients before the Australian Competition Tribunal and in litigation to Full Federal Court and High Court level. Also acts for individual executives requiring separate representation in competition cases.

Strengths The team is recommended as "good to have to hand" and "small, but growing at the senior level, which is terrific." The same source adds that "it's rare when they can't take something on." 

Work highlights Advised the ACCC on its review of the proposed acquisition by the Transurban-led Sydney Transport Partners consortium of the partially completed WestConnex toll road development in Sydney.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Andrew Christopher stands out as a "class operator," in the opinion of interviewees, not least for his excellent record of work on behalf of the ACCC and as an accomplished practitioner in the third party access sphere. One source pays tribute to his "no-nonsense style" and talent for "reducing things to essential propositions," while another calls him "a very strategic expert on competition law who also rolls up his sleeves and gets his hands dirty."