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LIV Competition and Consumer Law Committee – Upcoming Insights seminar and advocacy initiatives

LIV Competition and Consumer Law Committee – Upcoming Insights seminar and advocacy initiatives

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The LIV Competition and Consumer Law Committee is active in contributing to competition and consumer law reform and providing professional development insights into recent competition and consumer law developments.  The next upcoming Competition and Consumer Law Insights seminar covers the areas of unfair contract terms during COVID-19, consumer law issues arising from COVID-19, and provides an update on the law of unconscionability.

The Competition and Consumer Law Committee (the Committee) is part of the Commercial Law Section and includes practitioners from large firms, sole practitioners, Government, and In-House Counsel.

The Committee is involved in running professional development initiatives with presenters from the profession and Government stakeholder bodies in the area of competition and consumer law.  Past presentations have included examining key decisions in cartel conduct investigation and prosecution, insights and practical observations in the Royal Banking Commission, and general competition and consumer law updates.

The next Competition and Consumer Law Insights seminar is to be held on Thursday 12 November 2020 at 12pm.  The agenda will include Peter Sise, Clayton Utz speaking on recent decisions and legislative reform in unfair contract terms during COVID-19 and Amanda Storey, Consumer Law Action Centre speaking on consumer law issues arising from COVID-19.  Also on the agenda is a panel discussion on the law of unconscionable conduct with Dr Michelle Sharpe, Victorian Bar and Wendy Peter, ACCC examining the impact of recent decisions and legislation in this area.  Mary O’Leary, Chair of the Committee, will be moderating the event. 
Registrations can be made at https://www.liv.asn.au/CPD-Networking/CPD-Networking/Competition-and-Consumer-Law.

The Committee’s Insights seminar set out above is in addition to other legal policy and advocacy initiatives which have been recently undertaken by the Committee.  Earlier this year, the Committee provided comments to the Law Council of Australia on its submission to Treasury on Enhancements to Unfair Contract Term Protections. 

More recently, the Committee contributed to the LIV’s Tech and the Law’s submission on the ACCC’s draft New Media Bargaining Code and has sought to be involved in stakeholder engagement through ASIC’s Financial Capabilities Advisory Group which focuses on consumers’ financial wellness and consumer protections.

The Commercial Law Section’s Competition and Consumer Law Committee remains committed to delivering quality Professional Development Insights to members on competition and consumer law and engaging with stakeholders and Government on competition and consumer law reform and policy development.

If you would like to learn more about the Competition and Consumer Law Committee and how to become involved, please email Claudia Lavery, Policy Officer at clavery@liv.asn.au.


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