Roxanne Smith Partner

Meet Roxanne

Roxanne advises primarily in the area of commercial dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on energy and resources regulation.

She has experience in all court jurisdictions in South Australia and in the Federal and High Courts and in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution.

Roxanne has been involved in various types of commercial disputes including reviews of Regulatory decisions, contract, negligence, misleading and deceptive conduct, misrepresentation, fraud recovery, judicial review and administrative law claims. Roxanne has specialist expertise in economic regulation and has had the conduct of a number of successful appeals to the Australian Competition Tribunal against regulatory decisions.

She is listed as a leading lawyer in Litigation and Regulatory Practice in Best Lawyers Australia, 2019.


Economic Regulation/Energy & Resources

Envestra Ltd

Acting in Gas Access Arrangement reviews in SA, Qld and Victoria since 2006, including in successful appeals to the Australian Competition Tribunal against AER determinations.

Multinet Gas/United Energy Distribution

Acting in Regulatory Price Reviews since 2008, including the conduct of successful appeals against AER determinations in the Australia Competition Tribunal.

SA Power Networks

Acting in the 2005 ESCOSA Electricity Distribution Price Review and in Australian Competition Tribunal proceedings in a review of the AER’s Electricity Distribution Decision 2010-2015. Also acting in numerous native title claims in the Federal Court.


Acted in several confidential arbitrations pursuant to Gas Haulage Agreements.

Dispute Resolution – General

Pinara Group

Acting in large Federal Court proceedings against former directors of Diverse Barrel Solutions and an accounting firm in relation to misleading and deceptive conduct and negligence claims.

K&S Corporation

Multiple recovery actions in respect of defalcation by employee of $21 million.

United Water

Acting in relation to environmental investigations and prosecution in the Environment Resources & Development Court.


Listed as a leading lawyer in Litigation
Best Lawyers Australia, 2014 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Energy Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Regulatory Practice
Best Lawyers Australia, 2013 - 2020

Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Flinders University
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Acc), Flinders University


  • Law Society of South Australia

International experience

  • World Bank Project advising on Mining Law reform in Papua New Guinea


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Australian Energy Regulator v Australian Competition Tribunal (Ausgrid decisions)

A decision by the Full Federal Court supports the Australian Competition Tribunal’s February 2016 findings: that there may be a different benchmark efficient entity for each service provider, and...

Interesting outcomes from the WAGN tribunal decision

The Australian Competition Tribunal recently published its decision in respect of WA Gas Networks Pty Ltd's (ATCO) review of the ERA's revised access arrangement for the mid-west and south-west gas