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 the subject of ACCC 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’s role in guiding competition law practice, policy and reform is evidenced by her recent appointment as Deputy Chair of the Law Council’s Competition and Consumer Law Committee. 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 Corporate Law by leading international survey Best Lawyers 2020 and praised by her clients for being "extremely knowledgeable and very pragmatic," who also emphasise her "deep knowledge of the healthcare and pharmaceutical space." – Chambers & Partners, Competition / Antitrust Australia 2020.

Recent matters

  • Kimberly-Clark: successfully defending Kimberly-Clark in ACCC Federal Court proceedings alleging misleading representations in relation to its flushable wipes – both at first instance and before the Full Federal Court in 2020 where the ACCC’s appeal failed on all grounds.
  • 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 criminal cartel laws and possible exemptions - whether in relation to their agreements and dealings with competitors and distributors to avoid cartel conduct, seeking immunity for clients under the ACCC’s Cartel Immunity Policy or defending clients who have allegedly breached the cartel laws.
  • 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 FMCG clients including Telstra, Amazon, L’Oreal, and AGL on ACL compliance, how to manage product liability incidents, product recalls and mandatory reporting obligations.
  • Advising a range of industrial sector and health sector clients on pricing issues and supply and distribution arrangements to ensure they comply with Australia’s competition laws.
  • Assisting clients comply with court orders or enforceable undertakings following contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law.

Qualifications

  • 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

Location

Legal insights

The ACCC has recently been active in challenging businesses in the food and agribusiness sector for making misleading representations, for non-compliance with the Horticultural Code of Conduct and...

05 July 2021

NSW Fair Trading is likely to be more actively monitoring and enforcing new disclosure obligations introduced in 2020, which require suppliers to consumers to take extra steps to disclose certain...

11 May 2021

In his annual address to the Committee for Economic Development Australia on 23 February 2021, Chair Rod Sims announced the ACCC’s Compliance and Enforcement Priorities for 2021.

24 February 2021

This article was written by Lisa Huett and Jeremy Tan. The spread of COVID-19 is causing mass disruption and uncertainty around the world. In Australia, government restrictions are in place, but they...

22 April 2020

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