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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
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
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Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
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Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
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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
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
MORE INFORMATION
 

Qualifications

BA LLB (Hons) - University of Sydney

 

 

Latest Knowledge
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
MORE INFORMATION
Life's Not So Good For LG
25/8/2018
A few weeks ago, the ACCC won on appeal just 2 of the 19 counts of false or misleading conduct which it had brought against LG. After a gritty two and a half year battle in the Federal Court, it’s hardly a satisfying result for either the ACCC or LG. The case has been remitted to the trial judge for sentencing, where LG will be facing pecuniary penalties of up to $1.1 million for each breach of the ACL. So, how did this all come about? And, more importantly, what does this mean for manufacturers?
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Life's not so good for LG
30/7/2018
A few weeks ago, the ACCC won on appeal just 2 of the 19 counts of false or misleading conduct which it had brought against LG. After a gritty two and a half year battle in the Federal Court, it’s hardly a satisfying result for either the ACCC or LG. The case has been remitted to the trial judge for sentencing, where LG will be facing pecuniary penalties of up to $1.1 million for each breach of the ACL.
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Harper Reforms - what you need to know
16/11/2017
On 6 November 2017, significant changes to Australia’s competition laws came into effect, introducing some of the key recommendations of the 2015 Harper Competition Policy Review.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Qualifications

BA LLB (Hons) - University of Sydney

 

 

Latest Knowledge
Should you be checking your termination benefit approvals?
21 September 2018
A recent unreported decision of the NSW Supreme Court should have executives rushing to their lawyers to check that their entitlements on retirement or termination from office have been properly approved by shareholders. It is not enough that shareholders have been told about an executive’s termination benefits and then given some general approval to them. For termination benefits approval to be effective, requirements as to both form and substance need to be strictly observed.
MORE INFORMATION
Australia - Parallel imports and exhaustion of trade mark rights
21 September 2018
The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) was assented to on 24 August 2018. Among other changes, it amends the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) and the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) (Trade Marks Act) to clarify the circumstances in which the parallel importation of trade marked goods does not infringe a registered trade mark.
MORE INFORMATION
Interim Heritage Orders - when can they be made and what effect do they have on development
21 August 2018
Landowners, developers and purchasers of property need to be aware of the increased use by many Sydney councils of their power to make an interim heritage order (IHO) over an item that the council considers may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of local heritage significance, and is being or is likely to be harmed. The effect of the making of an IHO over a property can and often does restrict and limit development plans for the property.3
MORE INFORMATION