Kathryn specialises in competition and consumer protection law and is widely recognised as a leader in her field.
Kathryn is the lead partner of our Australian Competition group, based in Sydney.
She has over 25 years’ experience acting for some of Australia’s major corporations, with a background in competition law and litigation.
Kathryn advises and represents clients on all aspects of competition and consumer protection law. This includes applications for merger clearances to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) (including as part of global mergers); ACCC investigations and disputes; applications to the ACCC for leniency and immunity in respect of cartel conduct (including allegations of exchange of trade secrets between competitors); litigation involving allegations of anti-competitive conduct (including cartel conduct and misuse of market power); applications to the ACCC for authorisation and notification of anti-competitive conduct; drafting and implementing regulatory compliance programs; reviewing and drafting agreements and documents to ensure compliance with competition laws; negotiating and litigating infrastructure and services access arrangements.
Kathryn also provides advice on marketing strategies; reviews advertising for compliance with consumer protection laws; and advises on product issues including statutory warranties and product recalls.
Kathryn has particular expertise in acting on complex multi-jurisdictional competition law matters, including cartel litigation. As an experienced commercial litigator she has extensive experience in the conduct of litigation in all Courts of New South Wales, the Federal Court of Australia, and before specialist tribunals including the Australian Competition Tribunal. She is a qualified mediator and an experienced advocate.