Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sarah Best
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My aim as a lawyer is to assist clients achieve the outcomes they want and to deliver advice that plays a practical role in assisting them with their everyday business challenges and opportunities. I am very much solutions oriented and I aim to find ways around legal road blocks so that clients can run their businesses within the limits of the law.


A large amount of my work involves competition and consumer law and these areas have been central to my legal practice since I was admitted in 1995.  My interest in competition law was fuelled by my study of Competition Law at the University of Sydney, after which time I worked for several years as a research assistant to a leading competition senior counsel. As competition and consumer law is highly technical and complex, my aim is to make these areas easier to understand and more accessible to clients so they can make well informed strategic decisions and avoid assuming unnecessary legal risk.
 

I also work more broadly in providing corporate and commercial advice to clients, with a particular focus on the consumer goods sector. I have a huge amount of experience in contractual drafting and review as well as advising on and documenting mergers and acquisitions.


My work principally involves:

  • providing competition and consumer law advice in relation to a wide range of commercial ventures including distribution and supply arrangements, joint venture agreements, co-manufacture arrangements, sales agency arrangements, business sale agreements and the like.
  • advising on distribution structures and supply channels with a focus on resale price maintenance and exclusivity issues associated with these as well as pricing and rebate/discount issues.
  • advising clients on dealings with competitors to ensure the cartel provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act don’t come into play.
  • advising on advertising/marketing communications.
  • compliance program work across many industries.
  • drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts and arrangements.
     

I have worked closely with Laura Hartley for around 15 years and was a Senior Associate at DibbsBarker before joining Addisons in May 2013. Immediately prior to joining Addisons, I worked in the Sydney office of Norton Rose Fulbright in their corporate group as a knowledge manager.

 

Qualifications

BA LLB (Hons) - University of Sydney

 

 

Latest Knowledge
Crowd-sourced Funding Platforms and Market Licensing - ASIC's New Approach
12 September 2017
In our recent crowd-sourced funding (CSF) series, we outlined the implications of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (CSF Act) for 3 types of CSF participants – fundraisers, intermediaries (i.e. crowdfunding platforms) and investors.
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Uber's crash course in the new unfair contracts regime
30 August 2017
Uber is the latest target of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) campaign to enforce compliance with the new unfair contract terms regime to protect small businesses. In a sign of a shift in attitude of the ACCC since the beginning of 2017, the ACCC has moved from taking an educative approach to taking an enforcement approach.
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
14 August 2017
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION

The work that I undertake for clients falls mainly within the following categories:
 

  • Corporate and commercial

  • Competition and Consumer

  • Marketing and Advertising

  • Mergers and acquisitions

 

Qualifications

BA LLB (Hons) - University of Sydney

 

 

Latest Knowledge
Crowd-sourced Funding Platforms and Market Licensing - ASIC's New Approach
12 September 2017
In our recent crowd-sourced funding (CSF) series, we outlined the implications of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (CSF Act) for 3 types of CSF participants – fundraisers, intermediaries (i.e. crowdfunding platforms) and investors.
MORE INFORMATION
Uber's crash course in the new unfair contracts regime
30 August 2017
Uber is the latest target of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) campaign to enforce compliance with the new unfair contract terms regime to protect small businesses. In a sign of a shift in attitude of the ACCC since the beginning of 2017, the ACCC has moved from taking an educative approach to taking an enforcement approach.
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
14 August 2017
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
 

Qualifications

BA LLB (Hons) - University of Sydney

 

 

Latest Knowledge
Crowd-sourced Funding Platforms and Market Licensing - ASIC's New Approach
12 September 2017
In our recent crowd-sourced funding (CSF) series, we outlined the implications of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (CSF Act) for 3 types of CSF participants – fundraisers, intermediaries (i.e. crowdfunding platforms) and investors.
MORE INFORMATION
Uber's crash course in the new unfair contracts regime
30 August 2017
Uber is the latest target of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) campaign to enforce compliance with the new unfair contract terms regime to protect small businesses. In a sign of a shift in attitude of the ACCC since the beginning of 2017, the ACCC has moved from taking an educative approach to taking an enforcement approach.
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
14 August 2017
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
New country of origin food labelling laws – a ‘true blue’ win for consumers?
11/5/2016
Reforms to the laws covering country of origin labelling (CoOL) for food were recently given the go ahead by Federal, State and Territory ministers.
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Small business extension to the ACL’s unfair contract terms protections to take effect in November 2016
26/11/2015
On 12 November 2015, the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 (Bill) was enacted, extending the reach of the current unfair consumer contract terms protections to small business.
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Small business extension to the ACL’s unfair contract terms regime passes Federal Parliament
26/10/2015
The Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 (Bill) has finally passed through Federal Parliament, extending the reach of the current unfair consumer contract terms protections to small business.
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Draft legislation before Federal Parliament to extend the ACLs unfair consumer contract terms protections to B2B contracts
8/7/2015
The Federal Government is pushing ahead with its proposal to extend the reach of the current unfair consumer contract terms protections to small business by tabling draft legislation before Parliament.
View Full Focus Paper
Credence claims remain on the ACCC's watch list - could you be the focus of their attention?
11/2/2015
Credence claims in the food and beverage sector were the subject of keen interest by the ACCC throughout 2014 – and this interest is expected to continue unabated in 2015. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims told a CEDA Conference early in 2014 that misleading credence claims ‘tilt the playing field away from suppliers who are innovating and doing the right thing’. The Federal Court views breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) very seriously. As at September 2014, 14 cases brought by the ACCC under the ACL have seen penalties awarded in excess of $1 million each.
View Full Focus Paper
Food and Grocery Code of Conduct - a Win for Suppliers?
20/11/2013
The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) and Australia’s two largest supermarket retailers have announced that they have finally reached agreement on the terms of the voluntary Food and Grocery Code of Conduct (Code) which will govern supply chain relationships. Agreement was reached at the inaugural meeting of the Retailer and Supplier Roundtable, a food and grocery industry initiative designed to facilitate collaborative approaches on relevant issues. This comes following discussions by the parties over the last 14 months, which at times looked close to collapse.
View Full Focus Paper
 

Qualifications

BA LLB (Hons) - University of Sydney

 

 

Latest Knowledge
Crowd-sourced Funding Platforms and Market Licensing - ASIC's New Approach
12 September 2017
In our recent crowd-sourced funding (CSF) series, we outlined the implications of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (CSF Act) for 3 types of CSF participants – fundraisers, intermediaries (i.e. crowdfunding platforms) and investors.
MORE INFORMATION
Uber's crash course in the new unfair contracts regime
30 August 2017
Uber is the latest target of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) campaign to enforce compliance with the new unfair contract terms regime to protect small businesses. In a sign of a shift in attitude of the ACCC since the beginning of 2017, the ACCC has moved from taking an educative approach to taking an enforcement approach.
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
14 August 2017
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION