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Barbara Bell

Barbara Bell

LLB BA (Queensland) LLM (Melbourne)

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About Barbara

Barbara Bell is a senior associate in Arnold Bloch Leibler’s competition and intellectual property practices. She specialises in competition and consumer law advisory work and disputes.

Barbara focuses on mergers and acquisitions, cartel and other anti-competitive conduct, misleading and deceptive conduct, and unfair and unconscionable business practices. She has extensive product liability experience, including advising on large scale product recalls. She has also specialised in complex commercial disputes, class actions and royal commissions.

Prior to joining the firm, Barbara worked for a national law firm, representing the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) for several years in a range of competition and consumer law enforcement and merger review matters. She has extensive experience acting for the regulator in investigations and enforcement proceedings, providing her with valuable insights into their workings.

Barbara graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts. She also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

Practice focus

Barbara’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 recalls, product warranties and the development of compliance programs
  • intellectual property disputes, including patents, copyright and trade marks
  • media, advertising and brand protection, and
  • contractual disputes.

Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Barbara acted in a range of matters, including:

Competition and consumer law

  • Australian Consumer & Competition Commission (ACCC): in relation to:
    • merger reviews, including the merger authorisation involving Automotive Holdings Group and AP Eagers
    • cartel investigations and enforcement proceedings
    • civil penalty proceedings involving false and misleading representations against Apple Inc, Optus Mobile, EnergyAustralia and Heinz Australia
    • unconscionable conduct cases
  • Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance: in relation to competition law issues in the energy sector, and
  • various clients: in relation to responding to statutory notices and information requests received from the ACCC.

Litigation

  • a consumer goods manufacturer: in relation to proceedings involving claims of misleading and deceptive conduct in a merger transaction arising from profit forecasts, and
  • a high frequency trader: in relation to a complex, hard fought litigation involving claims of misappropriation of intellectual property, breach of confidence and directors’ duties.