Andrew Willekes Special Counsel

Meet Andrew

Andrew is a competition lawyer specialising in cartel, competition and regulatory investigations, cartel immunity applications and competition law proceedings.

He has acted for clients in proceedings involving all aspects of competition and consumer law including misuse of market power, judicial review, unconscionable conduct, misleading and deceptive conduct, consumer guarantee issues, product safety and product labelling issues.

He also regularly advises in relation to complex mergers and on regulatory access issues involving telecommunications, rail and ports.

Having previously worked in a senior in-house legal role for Australia’s second largest retailer by revenue, Andrew understands the key drivers and issues that are important to clients. He has also worked for Australia’s competition regulator and continues to act for the regulator in enforcement proceedings.

Experience

General

Senior executive at a national company

Advised a senior executive in relation to allegations of a serious competition law contravention.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Advised and acted in relation to the $15 billion proposed merger of VHA and TPG including preparing submissions to the ACCC, advising on document production exercises, preparing witnesses for statutory examinations, and attending to and preparing evidence for submission to the ACCC.

Linfox

Advised on competition law and merger issues arising from Linfox’s acquisition of Aurizon rail assets. Prepared submissions to the ACCC and worked with Linfox on statutory document production exercises and prepared witnesses for statutory interviews.

Proceedings in the Federal Court

Lead counsel in various competition and consumer law proceedings in the Federal Court, including misuse of market power allegations and anti-competitive agreements as well as proceedings involving misleading and deceptive conduct, consumer warranties and product safety issues. Andrew has worked on all aspects of competition litigation from filing matters to advising on strategic litigation considerations, preparing evidence, working with witnesses, and preparing submissions and penalty submissions.

Various access issues and agreements

Acting for various companies on a range of access issues including in the rail and telecommunications industry. As part of his work in this area, he has drafted and advised on facilities access agreements.

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Auckland
  • Masters of Commerce, University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Auckland
  • Masters of Law, University of Auckland

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Law Society of South Australia