Lisa Huett

Lisa Huett

Lisa Huett is a Partner in the Competition Law Group within the Melbourne office of King & Wood Mallesons. She specialises in competition law, consumer protection and product liability with a particular focus on the application and enforcement of Australia's cartel laws.

Lisa has advised extensively in relation to competition law matters, including preparing responses to ACCC investigations, advising on the competition implications of clients' proposals and conduct, and assessing the application of the Australian Consumer Law to advertising, promotions and contract terms.

Lisa regularly assists clients of the subject of ACC investigations including responding to mandatory disclosure notices, providing strategic direction for dealing with ACCC enquiries and defending clients in ACCC enforcement proceedings.  In the cartel space, she also advises clients on immunity and leniency matters and cooperating with ACCC investigations.

Lisa also provides valuable assistance to companies with multiple channels to market, including advising on pricing issues and drafting supply and distribution arrangements to ensure competition law compliance, especially in industries where commercial dealings between competitors are common.

Lisa frequently presents seminars and workshops on compliance issues and proposed law reforms. She has presented at International Competition Network and International Bar Association conferences. She is also recognised for her expertise in the areas of Competition Law, Telecommunications Law and Corporations Law by leading international survey Best Lawyers 2019.

Recent matters

  • Kimberly-Clark: successfully defending Kimberly-Clark in ACCC Federal Court proceedings alleging misleading representations in relation to its flushable wipes. Also acting for Kimberly-Clark in the ACCC’s appeal of that decision, currently before the Full Federal Court.
  • Samsung: acting for Samsung to defend the ACCC’s Federal Court proceedings alleging misleading conduct and false representations in relation to the water-resistant capabilities of its Galaxy smartphones
  • Cartel investigations/proceedings
  • Acting for Yazaki Corporation and its Australian subsidiary, Australian Arrow Pty Ltd in defending ACCC proceedings for alleged cartel conduct in breach of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and subsequent penalty proceedings and ACCC appeal.
  • Advising companies on the application of the criminal cartel laws and possible exemptions in relation to their agreements and dealings with competitors and distributors.
  • Clients seeking immunity from enforcement of the cartel laws or cooperating with ACCC investigations.
  • Navigating ACCC allegations of cartel conduct and responding to mandatory disclosure notices.
  • Global mergers: acting for major multi-national companies on their global mergers including:
  • Acting for Dow in securing ACCC clearance for the Dow Dupont merger;
  • Acting for Hospira in securing ACCC merger clearance for Pfizer’s acquisition of Hospira
  • Acting for Alstom in seeking ACCC merger clearance for its proposed combination with Siemens (ultimately blocked by the EC).
  • Advising Telstra, Australia Post and other major FMCG brands on pricing issues, distribution and teaming arrangements and other Part IV and ACL compliance issues.
  • Assisting clients comply with court orders or enforceable undertakings following contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law.

Experience

  • 1992: Bachelor of Commerce and Laws (Honours) degrees, University of Tasmania, Hobart
  • 1993: Articled Clerk, Mallesons Stephen Jaques
  • 1998: Senior Associate, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne
  • 1998: Seconded to Telstra Corporation Limited as Deputy Competition Counsel
  • 1999: Completed Master of Laws in Trade Practices and Intellectual Property Law, University of Melbourne
  • 2004: Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne
  • 2012: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne

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Legal insights

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20 September 2019

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