The recent crackdown on cartels has seen new levels of activity
from the ACCC and the aggressive pursuit of class actions by
customers seeking to recover overcharges. In light of this recent
activity, the Clayton Utz Competition and Litigation groups
recently co-hosted morning and twilight forums in both the
Melbourne and Sydney offices covering the risks and opportunities
presented by the new cartel regime.
Clayton Utz was honoured to be joined by one the world's
leading cartel practitioners, Martin Low QC, and the ACCC's new
Commissioner, Sarah Court to discuss these emerging issues. Martin
has been the Senior Legal Counsel at the Canadian Competition
Bureau, and is now a partner of Canadian law firm McMillan LLP.
Sarah was appointed to the ACCC in May 2008, having formerly been a
senior practitioner at the AGS.
The morning session was an exclusive, intimate round-table forum
that enabled select clients to engage in open and frank discussion
with Martin and Clayton Utz experts about the challenges that will
result from the introduction of criminal penalties. In Sydney,
clients were also joined by senior legal staff from Qantas, who
shared their recent experiences in managing an international cartel
The twilight session was a forum where an expert panel discussed
the risks and opportunities of cartel class actions. Sarah Court
shared the ACCC's perspective on cartel enforcement and class
actions. Attendees were also fortunate to hear the views of:
Martin Low QC,
Representatives from the plaintiffs bar - Lachlan Armstrong,
Barrister in Melbourne and Steven Lewis, Slater & Gordon in
Clayton Utz class action expert Andrew Morrison; and
Competition law experts from Clayton Utz - Jo Daniels,
Melbourne and Bruce Lloyd, Sydney.
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