Federal Parliament has passed a range of reforms aimed at improving the operation of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and its ability to respond to new and emerging issues.
Charles is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition + Regulation group. Charles has extensive experience in advising on:
Charles advises clients in a broad range of industries, but is a specialist in matters in:
Charles is recognised as a leading competition lawyer in Australia by external peer and client surveys. Charles has been listed as a “Future Leader” in Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2018. He is described as “excellent” and “an incredibly dedicated lawyer” who is appreciated for his “practical advice that is easy for commercial managers to digest”. Charles was also listed in 2017 where recognised as "always accessible and provides clear and succinct advice, as well has having up-to-date knowledge of the various issues". Charles is also listed in The Legal500 2018 which says Charles has 'phenomenal client service ethics’ and ‘the ability to see the commercial drivers very quickly and clearly apply them to the law’. Best Lawyers 2018 and 2019 recognises Charles in the Competition Law category.
Charles won the Global Competition Review’s 2014 Merger Control Matter of the Year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa for Virgin Australia’s acquisition of a 60% interest in Tiger Airways Australia and the creation of an Australian joint venture. Charles was a finalist for the same award in 2016, following his work in the media industry for Ten Network Holdings Limited in relation to its strategic arrangements with Foxtel.
Charles is the Chair of the International Bar Association’s Data Working Group. He also co-authors the Australia and New Zealand chapter of the American Bar Association’s International Development Summaries for consumer protection law.
Charles’ expertise in the digital economy, innovation and digital disruption has seen him present on these topics at major conferences including the GCR Live Singapore Annual Asia-Pacific Law Leaders Forum 2018, the Australian Financial Review National Innovation Summit, the Australian Competition Policy Summit, the Inaugural Consumer Law Conference, the Sunrise as part of the Vivid Festival, the GC Summit and the Law Society of NSW’s Commission of Inquiry into the Future of Law and Innovation. Charles was on the advisory committee for the inaugural Australian Legal Innovation & Techfest.