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About Claire

Claire Southwell is a senior associate in the firm’s competition and intellectual property practices.

She works with clients from a range of industries on competition, consumer and intellectual property matters and disputes.  

Claire joined the firm as a graduate in 2016 and was admitted to practice in 2017. She was appointed as a senior associate in July 2021. Claire graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours.  

Practice focus

Claire’s practice focuses on the following areas:

  • Competition and consumer law, including cartels, misuse of market power, misleading or deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct, unfair contract terms and consumer protection
  • ACCC approval of mergers, acquisitions and other transactions
  • trade mark, copyright and patent infringement, and
  • contractual disputes.

Experience

Claire has acted for clients on a range of matters, including:

Competition and consumer law

  • Fonterra:
    • successfully defended Fonterra, the largest dairy exporter in the world, in a high profile investigation by the ACCC, and
    • in relation to a class action proceeding relating to contractual obligations owed to milk suppliers, concerning allegations of misleading conduct and unconscionability
  • Tasmanian Ports Corporation: in Federal Court proceedings brought by the ACCC for misuse of market power – the first litigation brought by the ACCC pursuant to the amended misuse of market provision
  • ME Bank: in relation to competition advice on its $1.325 billion sale to the Bank of Queensland, and
  • an automotive manufacturer: in relation to competition advice in connection with the restructure of its network and implementation of a new business model.

Intellectual property

  • Fonterra: in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria against Bega Cheese Limited relating to a trade mark licence. The case concerned issues of alleged breaches of express and implied terms of a trade mark licensing agreement, licence construction, rectification, restraint of trade, and misleading and deceptive conduct.

Recognition & publications

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