This year we recognise 56 leading competition lawyers who rank prominently thanks to their spectacular work on merger reviews, abuse of dominance cases, pricing issues, cartels, regulatory investigations and litigation proceedings.
Most Highly Regarded
Gilbert + Tobin stands out with four nominations.
Luke Woodward is an “extremely clever litigator” and “strategic thinker who is very deliberate and clear in his advice”.
Elizabeth Avery is lauded as an “excellent antitrust lawyer” and “is singled out for her expertise in complex antitrust cases”.
Gina Cass-Gottlieb is an outstanding practitioner with extensive experience in some of the most contentious and complicated merger clearances to date.
Peter Waters is an “absolute guru for telecoms regulations” with decades of experience in the field.
Clayton Utz displays its strong offering with five lawyers highlighted.
Linda Evans possesses deep and varied experience across a broad range of competition issues including merger clearances, pricing issues and joint venture arrangements.
Kirsten Webb draws praise for her “first-rate knowledge, responsiveness and commerciality”. She is further noted for her “ability to work seamlessly with in-house teams and quickly understand business models”.
Michael Corrigan is well versed at dealing with the ACCC and cartels. He also has a strong track record counselling in regulatory investigations.
Allens receives four nominations.
Jacqueline Downes comes highly commended for her “formidable expertise” and is “admired for her leadership qualities”.
Fiona Crosbie “brings a great vision to negotiations and strategy along with strong relationships across the regulatory space”.
King & Wood Mallesons sees six practitioners listed.
Caroline Coops enjoys a wealth of experience in pricing and distribution strategies, abuse of dominance proceedings and merger clearances.
Sharon Henrick garners plaudits for her sophisticated work on a broad range of antitrust matters.
Wayne Leach shines for his “deep understanding of client businesses and their industries” and is “top-notch at providing insightful solutions”.
Banco Chambers achieves an impressive six listings in this chapter.
The “terrific” Ruth Higgins SC has an impeccable profile, which encompasses criminal cartel prosecutions and M&A.
Peter Brereton SC is a standout practitioner with extensive trial experience, and is noted for his enviable roster of clients including Google, Apple, Volkswagen and Westpac.
Declan Roche is hailed an exceptional barrister with a sweeping knowledge of competition and consumer law.
Robert Yezerski excels in regulatory investigations and merger approvals. He is renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of criminal cartel law.
MinterEllison achieves five listings.
Paul Schoff is a “first-rate competition lawyer” with expansive knowledge of the Competition and Consumer Act. He regularly advises on price fixing and misuse of market power issues.
Geoff Carter comes “highly recommended in the merger context” with invaluable experience representing clients in the aviation, consumer goods and financial services industries.
Katrina Groshinski is noted for her strong command of competition law and extensive regulatory experience. She is a go-to for transactions requiring foreign investment approval.
At Ashurst, Peter Armitage draws praise for his “superb judgement and excellent client-handling skills”. He concentrates his practice on merger clearances and navigating clients through regulatory investigations.
At Clifford Chance, Dave Poddar is a “vastly knowledgeable competition lawyer” with “vast expertise acting for tech companies”.
Nicholas De Young at List G Barristers is touted for his expertise on consumer law, with a particular focus on class actions in this area.
Alice Muhlebach of List A Barristers is “simply brilliant” and receives praise for her deep expertise regarding complex competition and consumer law issues.
Peter McDonald of Allen & Overy attracts attention for his superb competition practice. He represents top-name clients such as Google, Equinix and Twenty-First Century Fox.
At Ninian Stephen Chambers, Neil Young QC enjoys a stellar reputation for his excellent disputes practice, particularly in relation to complex consumer and competition matters.
Simon Uthmeyer at DLA Piper possesses profound contentious and advisory expertise in cartel investigations, structuring business arrangements and abuse of dominance cases.
Norman O’Bryan SC of Dawson Chambers is a long-standing figure with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to contentious competition proceedings.
The “fantastic” Noel Hutley SC at St James Hall Chambers is an esteemed practitioner who clients rely on in complex litigious competition matters.
Liza Carver of Herbert Smith Freehills draws praise for her in-depth competition law knowledge and regulatory insight, thanks to her time spent at the ACCC.
Georgina Foster of Baker McKenzie is celebrated for her “profound knowledge of competition law, and her practical and useful compliance advice”.
Andrew Christopher at Webb Henderson is “highly visible in the competition market” and is deemed an “excellent operator”.
Tony Bannon SC of Tenth Floor Chambers is a stellar practitioner who has amassed considerable experience in antitrust and consumer law matters.
Simon Snow garners plaudits for his involvement in contentious competition proceedings and is regularly engaged in regulatory investigations