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Gilbert + Tobin

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Melbourne, NSW 2000, Perth

Elizabeth Avery

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Gilbert + Tobin

Work Department

Competition + Regulation.


Partner focusing on competition/antitrust law matters under Part IV of the Competition and Consumer Act. Elizabeth’s practice includes advising on enforcement litigation and investigations, merger clearances and ongoing strategic/operational advisory work, as well as compliance training. Her practice spans a broad range of industries, including financial services, resources, infrastructure, technology, retailing and travel and hospitality. She has particular expertise in multijurisdictional matters.


Was an associate to Justice Ronald Sackville in the Federal Court of Australia. Worked 2.5 years with a major Australian national law firm. Moved to New York and worked as an antitrust lawyer in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP for 7 years. Joined Gilbert + Tobin in 2007 and appointed Partner in 2010. Vice Chair of the International Antitrust Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and is actively involved in many of the Committee’s activities, including speaking and writing on antitrust issues, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.


Member of the Competition & Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia. Member of the Antitrust Section and International Law Section of the American Bar Association.


Master of Laws from New York University (2000), where she won the antitrust prize. BA (German and Government) (1993), and LLB (Honours) (1995) from the University of Sydney. Elizabeth is admitted to the bar of New York, and also as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. Elizabeth was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 1997.


Competition and trade

Within: Competition and trade

Gilbert + Tobin ‘is a clear standout’ in the competition sphere, possessing ‘technical expertise and great depth’. Luke Woodward ‘has a good understanding of ACCC processes’; he jointly leads the practice with Elizabeth Avery, who ‘quickly grasps key commercial and competition issues’. Woodward and the ‘extremely strategic’, ‘clear and conciseGina Cass-Gottlieb advised Tabcorp on its merger Tatts. Clearance was initially blocked by the ACCC and required over 70 lay witnesses and seven economic experts at two tribunal hearings. In addition to contentious merger clearances and acquisitions, the team excels at ACCC inquiries and represented K-Line in one of Australia’s first criminal cartel prosecutions. Sydney-based Charles Coorey ‘understands the business and legal requirements and provides practical legal advice’.

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Regulatory compliance and investigations

Within: Regulatory compliance and investigations

Anti-bribery, corruption and Royal Commissions work are core strengths of the ‘highly regarded’ practice at Gilbert + Tobin. It handled high-profile matters such as representing shipping company K-Line in the first contested prosecution under the latest 2009 criminal cartel laws. The practice is also active in cross-border financial services regulatory work and advised one of Australia’s major banks on a long-running ASIC investigation into foreign exchange practices in the banking industry. The team is jointly led by Richard Harris, who joined from Allens, Luke Woodward and Elizabeth Avery. Other names to note include Andrew Floro, Crispian Lynch and Kate Harrison. Financial services expert Steven Glass retired from the partnership.

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