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Competition and Consumer Law

Stephens Lawyers advises on all aspects of competition and consumer law. It also represents clients and makes submissions on their behalf to Government regulatory bodies.

In today's competitive climate, business cannot afford the embarrassment and costs associated with anti-competitive and misleading or deceptive practices occasioned by failure to comply with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (formerly Trade Practices Act) and other consumer protection laws. Stephens Lawyers assists clients in adopting protective measures including compliance programs, minimising potential contravention of the Act which can result in substantial penalties.

"Computer and electronic equipment suppliers need to implement training programs to educate and inform their employees about their obligations under the Trade Practices Act."

    Extract from The Law by Julian Stephens, Business Review Weekly.

Stephens Lawyers also represents clients in competition and consumer law litigation ranging from product liability claims to unfair practices and misuse of market power. We can also assist clients with the identification of potential risk areas and the development of risk minimisation and damage control strategies.

"Manufacturers can minimise their exposure for defective product liability by the implementation of well planned risk management strategies."

Katarina Klaric, Principal, Stephens.

Links to Publications 

Competition and Consumer Law Update - November 2014

Australia Consumer Law - ACCC action on Carbon Price claims - July 2013 

Australia Consumer Law, Business and the Carbon Price - May 2013 

Australian Consumer Law - Directors & Employees' Liability - January 2013

Competition Law Considerations following the Metcash decision - October 2011

Consumer Guarantees - Is Your Business Compliant?

Are you aware of the ACCC's industry code audit powers? - October 2011

Australian Consumer Law Update: Consumer Guarantees & Warranties: Is Your Business Compliant? - September 2011

Do you "green wash"? Avoiding Green Marketing Legal Traps - March 2011

Warranties to Consumers & the new Competition and Consumer Act - December 2010

New Consumer Laws Commencing 1 January 2011 - December 2010

ACCC cracks down on Trade Practices Compliance - November 2010

Australian Consumer Law Update: Unfair Contract Provisions in force 1 July 2010, as more amendments pass Parliament - June 2010

Franchising reforms in force 1 July 2010: Franchisors face increased disclosure obligations - June 2010

Franchising Update: Franchising reforms expand franchisor disclosure obligations - March 2010

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