Interest from the regulator is always unwanted and often disruptive to day to day operations. Investigations have the potential to bring unwanted public scrutiny and risk to reputation and ultimately the threat of prosecution.
Support and guidance from an experienced legal advisor with a thorough understanding of the regulatory framework from the outset is essential to navigate through any investigation. We focus on working with regulators to resolve and settle any issues without the need for litigation, and if this is unavoidable, we have the expertise to efficiently defend any litigation.
The Hall & Wilcox team has experience acting a number of clients involved in investigations and proceedings commenced by ASIC, the ACCC, the ATO and other regulatory bodies, bringing together a multidisciplinary team as required.
- Successfully representing a number of executives of a large international financial institution who were issued with notices under the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 in connection with an allegation that the financial institution engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in respect of credit limits. We represented the clients in ASIC examinations and in respect of all dealings with ASIC.
- Advising a well-known Japanese company and its subsidiary in relation to an ACCC investigation. We successfully defended the client in relation to the investigation.
- Acting in a claim against a multi-national retailer concerning trade mark and misleading and deceptive conduct claims concerning branding on products.
- Acting in many franchise disputes in the Federal Court involving claims such as misleading representations and breach of contract in relation to services, profitability, territory, advertising and claims for relief (such as damages for loss of profit and injunctive relief).
- Acting for a hardware business on an ACCC investigation of advertising alleged to be in breach of section 53 of the Competition and Consumer Act, and drafting terms of a proposed enforceable undertaking.