Competition & Consumer Law: Enforcement and Reform

With fresh leadership at the helm of the ACCC and the consumer law landscape undergoing transformation, you will delve into current enforcement priorities, providing valuable insights into the reforms and their potential ramifications. Join an exceptional panel to explore the latest developments in the law from current enforcement concerns, digital platform and other reform to greenwashing risks, compliance and remedies. 

Tuesday, 26 March 2024

Attend and earn 3 CPD units in Substantive Law
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories


Bronwyn Furse, Partner, Thomson Geer; Best Lawyer, Intellectual Property, Best Lawyers 2019-2023

4.15pm to 5.15pm Cracking Down on Greenwashing: Consumer Law and Compliance
  • Emerging trends in green marketing and consumer awareness 
  • Compliance strategies for mitigating business risks 
  • Maintaining ethical and legally compliant marketing practices 
  • Remedies for consumers  

Presented by Nick Christiansen, Partner, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

2.00pm to 3:00pm Current Enforcement Themes in Consumer Law: Navigating Reforms and Global Trends for 2024
  • Current consumer law reform initiatives: Understanding the key changes and their implications on Australian and international landscapes 
  • Identifying crucial areas of concern for Australian corporations in 2024 
  • Actionable insights and strategies to stay compliant and competitive 
  • International trends and practical examples 

Presented by Melissa Fraser, Partner, Ashurst; Who's Who Legal Future Leader, Competition; Best Lawyers, Sydney – Competition Law; Legal 500 Next Generation Partner, Competition and Trade

3.00pm to 4.00pm New Competition Framework for Digital Platforms
  • Regulatory reforms for addressing market power, conflicts of interest, transparency and self-preferencing and their implications on businesses 
  • Lessons from enforcement actions against major digital players (e.g. Google, Meta, Trivago) 
  • Practical guidelines for assessing market conduct 

Presented by Sian-Lee Ooi, Special Counsel, Clayton Utz

4.00pm to 4.15pm Afternoon Break


Ms. Bronwyn Furse, Partner, Thomson Geer
Bronwyn Furse is a commercial lawyer with specialist expertise in the areas of privacy, data protection and cybersecurity, and intellectual property amongst others. Her practice traverses public and private industry sectors including financial services, government, health, health tech and other technology providers, manufacturing, automotive, higher education, health, manufacturing, energy and resources, from start-ups through to multinational groups. Working with multinational groups means Bronwyn's work involves complex cross border work, and understanding of relationships between various local and offshore privacy regimes. In relation to privacy, data protection and cybersecurity she routinely provides advisory services, manages data breaches, complaints and investigations, assists with contractual negotiations, develops compliance frameworks, undertakes audits, conducts privacy impact assessments, and delivers tailored training. Bronwyn is on the Australia and New Zealand advisory board for the International Association of Privacy Professionals, as well as the Licensing Executives Society. She is routinely recognised by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia in the areas of Privacy and Data Security Law, Intellectual Property Law and Franchise Law, and in Doyle’s Guide as a recommended lawyer in the areas of Intellectual Property and in Technology, Media & Telecommunications Law.

Ms. Melissa Fraser, Partner, Ashurst
Melissa Fraser is partner in Ashurst's APAC Competition team. Melissa's practice focuses on competition/antitrust matters and includes enforcement litigation and investigations, strategic advisory work, merger clearance and compliance matters. She is expert in the Australian Consumer Law and has advised extensively on the unfair contract terms regime, unconscionable conduct, misleading conduct and product safety issues and recalls. Her impressive client following in the important financial services, healthcare, infrastructure and FMCG sectors is a direct result of the excellent results she achieves for her clients. Melissa is recognised in Who's Who Legal – Future Leader, Competition; Best Lawyers, Sydney – Competition Law; and as a Next Generation Partner, Competition and Trade in Legal 500. Australia Legal 500 says: "Melissa Fraser has a wonderful focus on clients; she delivers great results in competition matters, fully aligned with the client’s objectives and ways of working.".

Mr. Nick Christiansen, Partner, Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Nick is a commercial litigator specialising in complex commercial disputes, competition and consumer law claims and regulatory actions, insolvency and corporations law proceedings. Nick has extensive experience in contentious property matters, acting for large landowners, property investors, property developers, corporates, and government bodies. This includes leasing disputes (including retail leases), sale and purchase disputes, option disputes, caveat disputes, disputes relating to mortgages and other securities, and construction and property development disputes. His competition and consumer law practice covers restrictive trade practices and anti-competitive conduct, the trade conduct protections, advertising and marketing, consumer guarantees, and franchising law and regulation. He also acts in corporate and personal insolvency litigation, advises corporate clients in non-contentious insolvency and restructuring matters, and acts for leading banks and financial institutions in enforcement and regulatory compliance matters.

Ms. Sian-Lee Ooi, Special Counsel, Clayton Utz
Sian has a sophisticated understanding of all aspects of competition and consumer law including: complex anti-trust litigation, merger clearance, investigations and enforcement action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and other regulators in concentrated and regulated industries. Sian also has extensive expertise advising on Australian third party access and utility infrastructure regimes in Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), as well as specialist access regimes including Part XIC of the CCA and the National Gas Law. Sian works with clients to provide clear, risk-based, and timely advice on complex competition and regulatory issues.


Competition & Consumer Law: Enforcement and Reform


Single Session
Tuesday, 26 March 2024
2.00pm to 5.15pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 3
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