Luke is a senior partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition + Regulation group and is a member of Gilbert + Tobin’s Board of partners.
In a career spanning 30 years, Luke has consistently been at the forefront of the profession: as a lead prosecution lawyer; as head of mergers, head of enforcement and General Counsel at the ACCC; and 18 years as a partner at Gilbert + Tobin. He has an outstanding track record in gaining clearances in complex merger and joint venture cases, while also successfully conducting many high-profile
Luke is regularly sought out for strategic advice in complex industry-changing matters. He is known for achieving outstanding commercial results, through innovative solutions and perseverance. Luke’s expertise spans general competition law/antitrust and regulation of utilities (aviation, ports, electricity and water), which in Australia is based on competition law and/or undertaken by the ACCC or state regulators within a common framework.
Luke remains as a lead competition adviser to the Business Council of Australia on Competition Law and Policy reform, including proposals to amend the misuse of market power provision (s 46).
Luke is consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading competition and regulation lawyers in major legal directories. He is currently ranked as a leading competition practitioner in Australia (Who’s Who Legal 2019).
He was named Competition and Trade Partner of the Year at the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards and was a finalist for the same award in 2017.
Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Luke held senior positions at the ACCC as General Counsel, Executive General Manager, Compliance Division (responsible for enforcement) and Senior Assistant Commissioner, responsible for mergers and asset sales.
Luke is admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, the Northern Territory of Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia
Luke also has a Bachelor of Economics (University of Sydney), 1986, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (University of Sydney), 1988 Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Ku-rung-
Awards and Recognition
Luke is recognised as “Lawyer of the Year – Competition Law"
Luke is recognised in the Competition Law, Energy Law, Regulatory Practice and Telecommunications Law categories.
Luke is ranked in the “Hall of Fame” category in Competition and Trade.
Luke is ranked Band 1
Luke is recognised as a "Global Thought Leader, Competition" and as a "National Leader, Australia - Competition".
Luke is recognised in the Most Highly Regarded category for Competition law
Luke was recognised as the leading "thought leader" in the Asia-Pacific region for Competition and as a "leading" competition practitioner in Australia.
Luke was recognised as a "leading lawyer' in Competition & Antitrust and Projects & Infrastructure.
Luke named Competition, Trade and Regulation Partner of the Year.