Doug did his 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.
As well as his extensive general commercial practice, Doug has recognised specialisations in franchising law, competition, consumer and regulatory law.
He is regularly briefed in franchising matters for both franchisees and franchisors, including:
Doug has acted both for and against many well-known national franchise groups and is highly regarded for his practical and commercial approach as well as his technical knowledge and expertise as an advocate.
Doug's expertise in the regulatory space includes frequently acting for parties who are investigated or prosecuted by the ACCC for:
He negotiates settlements and undertakings with the ACCC for clients and regularly designs compliance programs as part of those settlements. He is available to act as an independent compliance program auditor.
Doug is also regularly briefed in matters involving the Director of Consumer Affairs and other regulators.
He has an extensive advisory practice and has acted for clients in e-commerce and internet retailing as well as in the petrol, cement, insulation, shipping, rail, consumer electronics, power tools, bread, leisure accommodation and computer software and services industries.
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 appears at and conducts mediations in corporate disputes and advises in relation to corporate governance.
Doug is joint sub-editor of the 'Snapshots' section of the Australia Competition and Consumer Law Journal.
A selection of relevant cases:
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