An ahead market in the national electricity market (NEM) is a step closer, with the Australian Energy Market Commission recently issuing a consultation paper on the implementation of a short-term forward market to operate alongside the NEM.
Simon is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition and Regulation group and leads the Melbourne competition practice. He specialises in competition law and regulated industries, with particular expertise across the energy, telecommunications, resources and transport sectors.
Simon advises extensively on infrastructure and access issues, including on access issues and disputes, pricing design, technical and economic regulation.
He regularly acts for clients in competition litigation, as well as merger and judicial review processes in regulated industries. He has extensive experience advising clients on merger clearances, ACCC investigations and enforcement matters as well as the design and, where necessary, authorisation of a range of collaborative arrangements as well as engagement with sectoral regulators.
Simon’s has been listed for a number of years in Best Lawyers for his work in Competition Law and Regulatory Practice. Simon is listed in Legal 500, which noted that he is ‘the reason why some clients start instructing the firm’ (2015), Who’s Who Legal (2018) described Simon as "an excellent competition lawyer" who boasts "unparalleled experience in matters involving access to essential pieces of infrastructure" and in 2019 Who’s Who Legal: Competition Future Leaders, noted that he is an “excellent” and “a very intelligent, creative thinker who quickly understands clients' risk appetite and targets advice at the right level".
Simon is a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council and the Energy and Resources Law Association (AMPLA) and he is an officer of the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association.
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