Kathryn Edghill is a partner in our Sydney office specializing in Competition and Regulatory. Kathryn has particular expertise in the anti-competitive conduct and consumer protection provisions of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act.
Kathryn has over 28 years’ experience in advising and representing clients in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of Australian competition and consumer law. Her clients include major global corporations such as Microsoft, American Express, Mazda, LG Electronics, Frucor Suntory, and Simplot. She regularly advises clients across a range of industries including IT, telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, and financial services on a day to day basis on all aspects of competition and consumer law and has represented clients in some of the most significant cases in each area.
Kathryn’s expertise includes:
- obtaining merger clearances from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – including for Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, Johnson & Jonson’s acquisition of Pfizer’s healthcare business and Simplot’s acquisition of Symington’s brands;
- obtaining authorisation from the ACCC for collective bargaining and other conduct – including for American Express’ participation in an industry initiative to provide for use of PINs on card transactions;
- representing clients in defence of cartel conduct proceedings brought by the ACCC – including acting in Australia’s first criminal prosecution of an individual and acting for the former sales director of Colgate Palmolive in defence of cartel proceedings in the laundry detergents industry;
- obtaining immunity from prosecution for parties involved in potential cartel and other anti-competitive conduct proceedings – including in respect of a global cartel in the airline industry;
- providing day to day advice and representation to clients such as Microsoft , American Express, Frucor Suntory and Mazda on competition and consumer law matters;
- representing clients on section 155 examinations and notices issued by the ACCC;
- drafting and implementing trade practices compliance programs, including for Frucor Suntory, Mazda and LG Electronics;
- providing marketing and advertising clearances – including for Microsoft, Frucor Suntory, and LG Electronics;
- advising and representing clients in investigations and litigation involving the consumer protections (including consumer guarantee provisions) of the Australian Consumer Law – including the leading High Court case on misleading conduct (ACCC v TPG Internet) and the successful defence of proceedings brought against LG by the ACCC in respect of consumer guarantees.
Kathryn is a qualified mediator, and a qualified compliance professional. She is an experienced advocate, author of various articles and chapters on competition matters in Lexis Nexis and global publications and is an associate member of the American Bar Association. She has particular expertise in cross-jurisdictional competition matters and has been acknowledged as a leading competition law practitioner in publications such as Chambers Asia Pacific, Euromoney Women in Business Law and Asa Pacific Legal 500.