Charles Coorey is commended for being “very knowledgeable in the area of competition law and regulatory compliance” and “provides pragmatic advice tailored to the commercial needs of the business”.
Peers and clients say:
“I am impressed by his ability to remain detached and rational, but equally advocate strongly for his clients. He is very responsive and focuses on representing his clients to the best of his ability.”
“He delivers his advice in a very clear and concise manner, while always remaining calm and patient.”
“He is incredibly responsive and has often worked late nights in order to comply with tight time frames. It is clear that he is committed to delivering a high-quality client service.”
“He has strong technical legal skills and great relations with the ACCC, and is fearless.”
Charles is recognised as a leading competition lawyer in Australia by surveys including Best Lawyers, WWL and The Legal 500. He is described by clients in publications as “excellent”, having “phenomenal client service ethics” and that “He knows our business better than any other external lawyer".
Charles won the award for Global Competition Review’s 2014 Merger Control Matter of the Year (Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa) for Virgin Australia’s acquisition of Tiger Airways. He was nominated for the award again in 2016, following his work for television station Ten Network Holdings Limited in relation to its strategic arrangements with monopoly subscription TV provider Foxtel.
Charles stands apart from other practitioners because of his very deep expertise across three major areas of competition practice: restrictive trade practices (including merger clearances, cartels and misuse of market power); consumer law; and access to infrastructure.
His restrictive trade practices work includes advising a number of global and local private equity firms on a range of merger transactions, acting in numerous confidential cartel investigations and in third party disputes. He also acted for Australia’s largest wine maker, Accolade Wines, in response to the ACCC’s market study into the treatment of wine grape growers in Australia.
In 2019 and 2020, Charles firmly established himself as one of Australia’s leading consumer protection lawyers by acting in two of the highest profile matters: the ACCC’s proceedings against HealthEngine and the ACCC’s investigation of TEG Live. HealthEngine is a digital platform that allows consumers to make bookings with health practices. This is the first case the ACCC has ever taken alleging that a company has engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct through its collection and use of personal data and information. The case is currently before the Federal Court. TEG Live was the promoter of the USA Mens Basketball Team tour of Australia in August 2019. This high-profile tour was the subject of many complaints to the ACCC given the withdrawal of a number of NBA All Stars, as well as the seating arrangements at the games in Melbourne. Charles successfully negotiated a court-enforceable undertaking with the ACCC in which TEG Live committed to providing refunds to consumers of over AUD$5 million.
Charles has also been involved in providing critical advice to a range of companies in relation to circumstances arising from covid-19. Clients Charles has advised include a respirator manufacturer and retailer, pathology services provider, and fuel wholesaler and retailer.
Charles is the chair of the International Bar Association’s data working group and co-author of the Australia and New Zealand chapter of the American Bar Association’s International Development Summaries for consumer protection law.