Members at Sydney-based Banco Chambers handle large-scale competition and consumer regulatory litigation across Australia, acting for companies, individuals, and the regulator in cases relating to issues of anti-competitive conduct, exclusive dealing, misuse of market power, and misleading conduct. Members have appeared at the trial and appellate level, including major cartel enforcement cases. Cameron Moore SC is known for his involvement in high-profile ACCC investigations and proceedings. Ruth Higgins SC has further developed her reputation in major competition cases, successfully acting for TPG, Pacific National and AGL in contested merger proceedings against the ACCC, as well as defending modern cartel prosecutions. The ‘talented and capable’ Peter Brereton SC is involved in a number of major cases on behalf of companies and government entities.
Competition in Australia Bar
Fifth Floor St James’ Hall Barristers
Fifth Floor St James’ Hall Barristers plays host to high-level competition advocates, with strong records across major ACCC merger investigations, cartel prosecutions, and other enforcement proceedings relating to anti-competitive behaviour. The Sydney-based set includes the ‘sharp and capable‘ Noel Hutley SC and Bret Walker SC, praised as ‘second to none for his appellant work‘ across State and Federal courts.
List A Barristers
List A Barristers offers expertise across regulatory proceedings for and against government and leading corporations, and in a wide range of appeals, as well as ACCC merger proceedings and investigations into anti-competitive pricing, cartel proceedings, and supply issues. Michael Borsky QC is praised as ‘excellent’, representing major financial services and energy clients, alongside the government, in Federal and High Court merger and cartel litigation, including the ARA v Cromwell takeover dispute. The ‘outstanding’ Neil Young QC regularly appears before the High Court, the Full Federal Court and State Courts of Appeal, with strong expertise in the mining and energy sectors.
Members at List G Barristers are active in a number of major competition and consumer law cases, acting across Victoria and nationally. The list’s expertise includes merger control proceedings before and against the ACCC, abuse of dominance and market position cases, and consumer regulatory issues. Nicolas De Young QC has a particular specialism in trade practices cases, while Daniel Preston has argued notable cases before Federal courts, representing the Tasmanian Ports Corporation against the ACCC in ACCC v Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd, the first case brought by the ACCC using its amended misuse of market power provisions.
Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers
Tenth Floor Wentworth Selborne Chambers is notable for its members’ combination of commercial and criminal law expertise in competition cases, with leading silks acting in criminal cartel proceedings and enforcement actions alongside ACCC investigations and merger control proceedings. Tony Bannon SC is a leading figure with a strong record in commercial representations, while Kate Morgan SC's ‘cross-over commercial and criminal practice‘ is highlighted alongside her record in criminal jury trials.