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David Howarth

David Howarth is a competition and consumer lawyer with more than twenty years' experience in private practice and government.

He has experience advising on contentious and non-contentious matters, regulatory proceedings and in responding to investigations across a range of industries, particularly the telecommunications, aviation, IT, finance and retail sectors.

David has occupied senior roles in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, where he led complex investigations and litigation under the consumer and competition provisions of the Australian law. His work included cartel investigations in financial markets; misuse of market power litigation in health and telecommunications sectors; and misleading or deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct and consumer guarantee cases in online retail, education and transport. David has also provided legal and regulatory policy advice to non-government organisations and in the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

David's diverse private sector and regulatory experience allows him to advise clients on competition and consumer law issues with an understanding of commercial objectives as well as first-hand knowledge of the objectives and processes of regulators.

David has undergraduate degrees in law and economics and postgraduate degrees in Australian and German law. He teaches competition law as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Sydney Law School.

Prior to joining the firm, David was a director in the enforcement division of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

In previous roles, he was a senior associate at national law firms, a policy advisor to national consumer group CHOICE, and a legal advisor at the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

  • Recognised in Competition and Trade (2019 – 2020) and Regulatory Compliance and Investigations (2019) by Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Member, German Australian Pacific Lawyers Association
  • Council Member, Kidsafe NSW and Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia
  • Competition Law Conference 2019, Speaker
  • Competition and Consumer Compliance for SMEs, Law Society Conference 2017 (with Michael Schaper, ACCC Commissioner)
  • Seminars on Australian Competition and Consumer Law, presentations to Taiwan Fair Trade Commission, 2017
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Co-editor and author, Australian Telecommunications Regulation (CCH, 2012)
  • “‘Windows has performed an illegal operation’: The Court of First Instance’s Judgment in Microsoft v Commission”, (with Kathryn McMahon) (2008) 29 European Competition Law Review 117-134.
  • “Pricing Abuses under Article 82 EC – from cost-price comparisons to the search for strategic standards” in Amato and Ehlermann (ed.s), 2007, EC Competition Law: A Critical Assessment. (Hart, Oxford).
  • “The Court of First Instance in GE/Honeywell”, (2006) 27 European Competition Law Review 494-509.
  • “Tetra-Laval/Sidel: Microeconomics or microlaw?” (2005) 26 European Competition Law Review 369-375.
  • “Predatory pricing after Boral: Let the games begin.”, (2001) 8 Competition and Consumer Law Journal 1.
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