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Fleur Gibbons

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Fleur specialises in competition and access law, and economic regulation. She advises on antitrust/restrictive trade practices, including price fixing, market sharing arrangements, exclusive dealing and anti-competitive agreements and merger clearances. Fleur also advises on access to essential infrastructure under Parts IIIA and XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (Competition and Consumer Act) (formerly the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (Trade Practices Act)) and state-based industry specific access regimes, and the economic regulation of network industries including under national regimes administered by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and state-based regimes including those administered by the Essential Services Commission (ESC). Fleur undertook a six-month secondment with the Australian Competition Tribunal, assisting the Tribunal with the review of authorisation of the Qantas/Air New Zealand Alliance. As a result of these experiences, Fleur has unparalleled insight into the approach of key regulators and review bodies to decision-making in competition, access and economic regulatory matters. Fleur has acted in competition and access matters, both for regulators, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the National Competition Council, and for corporate clients appearing before them. Please refer to link for details of expertise and experience:


Admissions Supreme Court of Victoria, 2001; High Court of Australia, 2008.


Law Institute of Victoria.


Advanced Restrictive Trade Practices (Masters Level), University of Melbourne, 2001; Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Melbourne, 1996; Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), University of Melbourne, 1996.


Competition and trade

Within: Competition and trade

DLA Piper handles the full spectrum of competition and trade law matters, acting for both the regulator and corporate clients with particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors. On the regulatory side, practice head Simon Uthmeyer advised the ACCC on the authorisation process for the high-profile A$11.3bn merger between Tabcorp and Tatts . It also assisted the regulator in relation to the proposed joint venture between Glencore and Yancoal. Fleur Gibbons, a well-regarded practitioner in the utility sector, is advising Icon Water following an investigation of the pricing of its water and sewerage services. Clients include Perth Airport, Hyundai and the Australian Health Services Alliance. Leanne Hanna has taken up a role in-house.

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Energy (transactions and regulatory)

DLA Piper’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘proactive, reliable and easy to deal with’, and possesses ‘strong industry knowledge and business acumen’. The practice, headed by Stephen Webb, has been busy with renewables transactions and often attracts cross-border matters. It acted for ActewAGL in regulatory matters, drawing on the team’s energy pricing expertise, and remains a key adviser to the government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Kate Papailiou is ‘willing to make judgement calls’ and is rated for her ‘strong expertise’ and ‘clear understanding of evolving energy market dynamics’. Alex Regan and regulatory experts Fleur Gibbons and Rhys Davies are also singled out. Dan Brown left to join Ashurst.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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