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David  Robbins

About David

David Robbins is a senior associate in Arnold Bloch Leibler’s competition and intellectual property practices. David deals regularly with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and advises and works with clients across a broad range of industries on competition, consumer and intellectual property matters and disputes.

David’s focus is on understanding the client’s business and helping deliver outstanding commercial results without protracted, costly and process-driven disputes.

As well as dispute resolution, David regularly assists clients in developing advertising campaigns for television, print and on-line, brand protection strategies, product warranties, terms and conditions of trade and competition and consumer law compliance programmes.

David joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as an articled clerk in 2007 and was appointed a senior associate in 2012. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Laws with distinction, and from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Creative Arts. He has published a number of articles on competition and consumer law.

Practice focus

David’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • competition and consumer law, including mergers and acquisitions, cartel and other anti-competitive conduct, misleading or deceptive conduct, unfair and unconscionable business practices, consumer protection, product liability, and the development of compliance programmes;
  • media, advertising and brand protection; and
  • ACCC matters.

Experience

David acts for clients in a wide variety of matters, including:

Competition and consumer law

  • Commonwealth Bank: in preventing another major Australian bank from publishing misleading and deceptive advertisements, as part of a national advertising campaign;
  • United Petroleum: in obtaining ACCC clearance for its acquisition of petrol retail sites from Freedom Fuels;
  • Grenda: in obtaining ACCC clearance for the sale of its bus and coach operating and manufacturing businesses, Grenda Transit Management and Volgren;
  • Numerous major international hedge funds, including Allen & Co, Carlson Capital, Churchill Capital, Davidson Kempner, Farallon Capital and Pentwater Capital: in relation to the ACCC’s likely view of proposed Australian mergers including APA / Hastings, Foxtel / Austar, Caterpillar / Bucyrus, Southern Cross / Austereo, Fletcher / Crane, NAB / AXA, Google / Motorola, Seven / Consolidated Media Holdings and Archer Daniels Midland / GrainCorp;
  • A major supplier of health and organic products to a major supermarket chain: in relation to alleged misuse of market power and unconscionable conduct, including by forcing suppliers to agree to disadvantageous terms of trade, unilaterally deducting amounts from payments due to suppliers, and refusing to allow suppliers to increase prices;
  • Kop-Coat: in Federal Court proceedings alleging misleading and deceptive claims in the timber treatment industry by a competitor and two of its senior managers;
  • Leighton Group, the Australian Constructors Association, John Holland, Breville, Seafolly, Barro, Kogan Technologies and LaManna: in implementing competition and consumer law compliance programmes;
  • Industry Super Network and Industry Funds Management: in developing nationwide television and print advertising campaigns;
  • Breville, Chromagen, Seafolly, Kogan and Lamanna: in developing product warranties, and terms and conditions of trade;
  • Probiotec Limited: in relation to various agreements, including sponsorship, licensing and intellectual property agreements;
  • Timbercorp Securities: in a Victorian Supreme Court class action concerning agribusiness managed investment schemes;
  • Nufarm Limited, a major global agribusiness company: in the defence of allegations that Nufarm engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in its debt and profit forecasting and breached its continuous disclosure obligations; and
  • Various clients: in the preparation of confidential submissions to the ACCC regarding the anti-competitive conduct provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).


Intellectual property and brand protection

  • Peter Alexander: in preventing a major Australian clothing retailer from selling items displaying Peter Alexander’s signature dachshund logo;
  • Alannah Hill: in preventing the unauthorised use of her name on alcoholic beverages;
  • Clickcorp, supplier of ‘Chic Empire’ branded ugg boots: in Federal Court proceedings to prevent the unauthorised use of a deceptively similar logo by a competing ugg boot supplier;
  • Ice Jewellery Australia: in successfully defending allegations of  trade mark infringement, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct in connection with its on-line jewellery business; and
  • The Pacific Group of Companies: in developing an intellectual property protection strategy.