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.
Getting the right support and guidance from an experienced legal advisor from the outset is essential. 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.
Our multidisciplinary team thoroughly understands the regulatory framework and acts for many clients involved in investigations and proceedings commenced by ASIC, the ACCC, the ATO and other regulatory bodies.
- 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.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution| 20 Sep 2023
Hills Health Solutions Pty Ltd is in external administration following the Court of Appeal judgment in Stellar Vision Operations Pty Ltd v Hills Health Solutions Pty Ltd.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution| 22 Aug 2023
The State Revenue Office Victoria and Revenue NSW have now confirmed, in the recently issued Revenue Ruling PTA-04, that payroll tax may apply to payments made by medical practices to their practitioners.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution| 01 Jun 2023
Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG: the author of his own misfortune and a cautionary tale for defamation plaintiffs
The judgment delivered in the case of Ben-Roberts Smith VC, MG, by the Federal Court today is the latest instalment in an epic defamation saga that has played out over nearly five years and 98 days of evidence. We explore.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution| 31 May 2023
The Queensland Government has implemented a targeted payroll tax amnesty for payments made by medical practices to contracted general practitioners. We explain.