Doug did Articles with Minter Ellison. He is a qualified economist and company director and has worked in senior roles for the ACCC.
Doug has a diverse commercial practice. He accepts briefs to appear and advise in commercial disputes in all jurisdictions, regularly appearing in Mediations, Applications and Hearings. He also appears in appellate matters.
Doug is an accredited mediator under the NMAS. He is a highly regarded mediator due to his extensive commercial experience and reputation for cutting through complex legal arguments to the real issues in dispute. He has a particular interest in farming and agricultural cases of all types (including Estate matters) due to his background as a farm economist, his knowledge of agriculture, water, and ongoing connections with the land.
Doug was appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in December 2018.
In his extensive and busy commercial practice, Doug has recognised specialisations in franchising law, competition, consumer warranty and regulatory law, and agricultural matters.
He acts in franchising matters for both Franchisees and Franchisors and is available to mediate any franchise disputes.
Doug has acted for and against many well-known national franchise groups and is highly regarded for a practical and commercial approach as well as his technical knowledge of and expertise in franchising law.
Doug regularly acts for parties who are investigated or prosecuted by the ACCC and the Director of Consumer Affairs (DCAV) for:
He negotiates settlements and undertakings with the ACCC and DCAV and designs compliance programs and undertakings as part of settlements. He is available as an independent compliance program auditor.
Doug appears for clients in government inquiries.
Doug is a past Chairman of South East Water Limited, Chairman of the Victorian Water Industry Association and a Commissioner of the Taxi Services Commission.
He conducts mediations in corporate disputes, partnership disputes, and advises in relation to governance.
Doug is joint sub-editor of the 'Snapshots' section of the Australia Competition and Consumer Law Journal.
A selection of cases:
To get in touch with Douglas Shirrefs | or for more information please contact the Clerk on: +61 3 9225 7222 or email@example.com