Competition law and Fair Trading

Acting for parties in claims under the Commerce Act 1986, including:

  • acted for the Commerce Commission in a Commerce Act penalty hearing
  • acted for SKY in respect of the SKY/Vodafone merger clearance application and related stay application and appeal
  • acting for a defendant in a penalty hearing under the Commerce Act 
  • acted for Zespri in Commerce Act proceedings brought by Turners & Growers
  • acted for Kiwibank and New Zealand Post in the credit card interchange fee litigation brought by the Commerce Commission and retailers
  • acted for New Zealand Bus Limited and Infratil Limited in Commerce Act claim brought by the Commerce Commission about the acquisition of shares without a clearance
  • acted for Auckland Regional Holdings and Americas Cup Village Limited in Commerce Act claims involving Gulf Harbour
  • represented Caltex Oil New Zealand Limited in litigation brought by the Commerce Commission alleging price fixing by petrol companies by removal of free car washes
  • represented the Aventis/Rhodia group of companies in a civil claim alleging price fixing of vitamins and in a penalty proceeding brought by the Commerce Commission for that conduct.

Advising parties and representing them on Fair Trading Act and Trade Practices matters, including:

  • acted for Sky to obtain summary judgment under the Fair Trading Act about the illegality of pre-loaded Kodi boxes
  • acted for Nestlé New Zealand Ltd in a claim against a competitor about misleading and deceptive packaging
  • acted for SC Johnson & Son Pty Ltd in a claim by a trade competitor about a television commercial
  • acted for a defendant in a penalty hearing under the Fair Trading Act

Co-author and co-presenter of New Zealand Law Society Seminar on “Trade Practices” (2005).