Peta Stevenson

Peta Stevenson

Peta Stevenson is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team in our Sydney office, where she specialises in competition litigation.

Peta's practice covers a broad range of competition and dispute resolution matters, including advising a diverse mix of clients on the application of the anti-competitive conduct, consumer protection and access provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and related state legislation.

She regularly advises clients on competition regulatory investigation and enforcement matters, as well as acting in private enforcement proceedings for damages and other relief (including class actions). She also advises on general commercial matters for a range of clients.

Peta is considered a trusted adviser in the highly technical area of competition law. She is recognised for her ability to lead complex litigation matters including working with and co-ordinating large teams, meeting tight deadlines and identifying and resolving key issues.

Peta has advised extensively on matters that involve liaising with international counsel in global investigations or enforcement actions, and regularly works closely with economic experts in the preparation of formal evidence and in general advice to clients.

In 2001/2002, Peta completed a Master of Laws at the University of Cambridge with a focus on competition law and dispute resolution.

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Recent Matters

A selection of Peta's experience includes:

Litigation

  • British Airways: Advising on the defence of the air cargo cartel class action. Telstra: Federal Court litigation commenced by C7 and Seven Network in relation to the acquisition of AFL and NRL broadcasting rights (first instance and on appeal)

Transactional

  • Preparing applications for informal clearance of proposed acquisitions, including responding to section 155 notices
  • Providing strategic advice regarding the implications of and opportunities arising from the changes to the media ownership and digital media regimes
  • Advising a major pharmaceutical on merger clearance options for various acquisitions
  • Advising numerous development and construction companies on deal structuring and various corporations on compliance with the Trade Practices Act in disclosure documentation

Advice

  • Advising clients in various industries in relation to cartel investigations, including liaising with the ACCC's enforcement and compliance divisions
  • Assisting clients in responding to notices issued under section 155 of the CCA for the provision of information, production of documents and examination

Regulatory reform

  • Advising clients on proposed regulatory change (TPA/CCA, Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth), Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth)) and the preparation of detailed submissions for government reviews (ACCC, Productivity Commission, Senate Committees)
  • Advising international clients on the development of competition regimes in their jurisdictions.

Recent publications

  • The chapter "Australia” in International Comparative Legal Guide: Competition Litigation, Global Legal Group (2013), with Trish Henry
  • The "Australia” chapter in The Private Competition Enforcement Review, Legal Business Research (2010, 2011 and 2012), with Trish Henry and Domenic Gatto
  • Client alerts on competition issues and matters of practice and procedure, such as extradition for cartel conduct, the Court's power to make declarations of contravention follow-on damages proceedings in respect of cartel conduct, the approach to and surveys of penalties imposed under the Competition and Consumer Act, foreign states immunity under the competition laws and protecting privilege in respect of third party reports
  • Co-author of Class Actions in Australia: The Year in Review 2013, 2012 and 2011 and regular contributor to King & Wood Mallesons' Class Action quarterly newsletter.
  • Contribution to King & Wood Mallesons' annual surveys of non-executive directors (Directions Report 2011, 2012) and corporate counsel (Compass Report 2011, 2012, 2013).

Memberships

  • Competition and Consumer Committee, Business Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Business Law Committee (Trade Practices), Law Society of NSW.

Experience

  • LLM (Hons 1), University of Cambridge (2002)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Australian National University (1998)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Australian National University (1996).

Location

Legal insights

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