James Love joins as partner

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Johnson Winter & Slattery has appointed James Love as a new partner in its Melbourne based Dispute Resolution team, effective as of 2 November 2020.

James is a highly regarded litigation lawyer recognised for his expertise in commercial disputes, competition and consumer law, technology, and regulatory investigations and enforcement. He acts for corporations, government departments, agencies and statutory authorities throughout Australia.

James joins the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he regularly advised on high profile disputes and investigations, including for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, James was a policy advisor with the Victorian Government, giving him a unique insight and understanding of the public sector.

Managing Partner Peter Slattery said James’ expertise made him a great fit for the firm:

“Regulatory enforcement has been a significant driver in the growth of Australian litigation. We have built a strong reputation in this space, most recently advising on many of the most notable regulatory investigations and class actions coming out of the Hayne Royal Commission. James is a highly talented litigator who is well positioned to help us meet the growing demand for services in this area.”

James joins Johnson Winter & Slattery’s top tier disputes practice, which handles many of the country’s largest and most complex litigation matters. The firm is unique in the market for combining top-tier capabilities with a service model that promotes the hands-on involvement of its senior lawyers. The practice was recently named Dispute Resolution Team of the Year in Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2020.

Just a few highlights of James’ experience are:

  • Acting for the ACCC in its Federal Court proceeding against Bupa for false or misleading representations regarding services delivered at its aged care facilities in breach of the Australian Consumer Law, with penalties totalling $6 million obtained
  • Acting for ASIC in its Federal Court proceeding against AGM Markets, OT Markets and Ozifin Tech for unconscionable conduct, false or misleading representations, and other contraventions of financial services law in their provision of contracts for difference to retail investors, which resulted in penalties totalling $75 million  
  • Acting for Sportsbet in relation to the Tabcorp-Tatts merger authorisation before the Australian Competition Tribunal
  • Acting for Hydro Tasmania in relation to a regulatory investigation regarding the Basslink Interconnector
  • Successfully defending the then Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in a proceeding brought against it by a subsidiary of Brickworks Limited for alleged breaches of state and federal competition and consumer law

About Johnson Winter & Slattery

Johnson Winter & Slattery is an independent national Australian law firm with over 65 partners and offices across Australia. We advise major Australian and international corporations and investment funds on their most challenging transactions and disputes across Australia and surrounding regions. Working closely with clients, knowing their business, and appreciating their commercial objectives, we tailor our approach to deliver cost-effective commercial outcomes. 

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