Gareth Austin

Gareth Austin

Biography

Gareth Austin is an associate in Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution pracitce Group in Syndey. He joined the Firm as a Summer Clerk in 2014 and commenced his current role in 2017. Prior to this, Gareth had experience in real estate and other commercial practice areas.

Practice Focus

Gareth’s practice focusses on disputes, but also includes transactional and advisory based work with a particular focus on anti-bribery and anti-corruption issues. He has acted for large domestic and international clients in various commercial disputes, including in the construction and commercial leasing industries.

Gareth’s transactional work includes advising clients on a range of compliance issues, including undertaking anti-bribery due diligence and advising on sanctions risks. He also has assisted a number of clients with both internal and regulatory investigations, including in relation to competition and anti-trust issues.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for two ASX listed companies in relation to a shareholder oppression claim brought in the NSW Supreme Court.

  • Represented an Australian energy resources company in a claim for loss of opportunity arising from a dispute around a contractual assignment clause in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

  • Represented an electricity distribution comapny in relation to a claim for property damage arising from an adjacent development site.

  • Acted for a large format retailer in Victorian Supreme Court proceedings relating to a landlord’s unreasonable refusal of consent to a sublease.

  • Represented the ACCC in enforcement proceedings against a healthcare provider for abuse of market power.

  • Advised a multinational manufacturing company in relation to an investigation into certain compliance issues and engagement with the regulator.

  • Advised numerous domestic and international clients in relation to their anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies and procedures, as well as their compliance with Australia’s whistleblowing laws.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales

Admissions

  • New South Wales~Australia (2017)

Education

  • University of Sydney (LLB) (2016)

Languages

  • English