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Consumer and competition  

‘A great strength is their capacity to deal with complex competition matters. Many of their senior practitioners are also able to develop innovative and creative solutions to our enforcement problems.’ ACCC 2012

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Express Law 241 – High Court finds that Barbaro does not apply to civil penalty proceedings (9 December 2015)


Litigation notes 25 Application of Barbaro: resolving civil penalty proceedings by agreement (19 June 2015)


'AGS Have a deeper and more extensive pool of available lawyers with expertise and experience available to do our work.' CLIENT SURVEY 2011

Government lawyer of the year

‘A real strength of AGS is its extremely strong institutional understanding of the public sector environment and our business.’ ACCC 2012

Consumer and competition

AGS acts for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in regulatory proceedings under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (formerly the Trade Practices Act 1974). We have been providing legal services to the ACCC (and its predecessors) for more than 40 years. Our competition practice comprises a core group of around 25 practitioners across Australia, dedicated to undertaking work exclusively or predominantly for the ACCC. Visit Dispute Resolution and Litigation for more details on our competition practice.

In recent times we have advised the Australian Energy Regulator on its responsibilities.

We also assist other agencies to identify and manage potential consumer and competition issues, including in relation to business activities conducted by Commonwealth agencies and dealings with third parties such as contractors.

  Katrina Close Guy Aitken Glenn Owbridge
  Katrina Close
Senior Executive Lawyer
T 07 3360 5784
Guy Aitken QC
Chief General Counsel
T 02 6253 7084
Glenn Owbridge PSM
Special Counsel Competition and Consumer Law 
T 07 3360 5654

  Chris Steger Senior Executive Lawyer 02 9581 7573
  Matthew Blunn Senior Executive Lawyer 02 6253 7424
  Matthew Garey Senior Executive Lawyer 02 9581 7625
  Jody Marshall National Manager Dispute Resolution 07 3360 5751
  Damien O'Donovan Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7116
  Leo Hardiman Deputy General Counsel 02 6253 7074
  Kathryn Graham Senior General Counsel 02 6253 7167
  Sacha Moran Senior General Counsel 02 6263 3972