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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 News
The Coca-Cola Co. snaps up Australia's MOJO Kombucha
01 November 2018
Addisons has advised The Coca-Cola Company on its August 2018 acquisition of 100% of the shares in the Organic & Raw Trading Company, an innovative start up based in Adelaide that owns the MOJO brand of kombucha.
MORE INFORMATION
Latest Knowledge
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
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The NSW Container Deposit Scheme – 'Return and Earn'
12 November 2018
In an earlier Focus Paper, we outlined the regimes for the regulation of waste in Australia and referred to the Australian Packaging Covenant. In this paper, we provide insight into the recently introduced NSW-based container deposit scheme.
MORE INFORMATION
Laughing all the way - the ACCC releases its 2018 annual report
12 November 2018
Heading into the Christmas period is always a festive time at the ACCC. Admittedly service-provider drinks are limited due to the ACCC’s gifts & gratuities policy, Christmas lunch is pay-your-own-way as the Government require it, but the one event ACCC staff always look forward to is the release of its annual report. Combined with its friends at the Australian Energy Markets Regulator, on 18 October 2018, the ACCC released the document detailing its activities over the past year.
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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 News
The Coca-Cola Co. snaps up Australia's MOJO Kombucha
01 November 2018
Addisons has advised The Coca-Cola Company on its August 2018 acquisition of 100% of the shares in the Organic & Raw Trading Company, an innovative start up based in Adelaide that owns the MOJO brand of kombucha.
MORE INFORMATION
Latest Knowledge
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
MORE INFORMATION
The NSW Container Deposit Scheme – 'Return and Earn'
12 November 2018
In an earlier Focus Paper, we outlined the regimes for the regulation of waste in Australia and referred to the Australian Packaging Covenant. In this paper, we provide insight into the recently introduced NSW-based container deposit scheme.
MORE INFORMATION
Laughing all the way - the ACCC releases its 2018 annual report
12 November 2018
Heading into the Christmas period is always a festive time at the ACCC. Admittedly service-provider drinks are limited due to the ACCC’s gifts & gratuities policy, Christmas lunch is pay-your-own-way as the Government require it, but the one event ACCC staff always look forward to is the release of its annual report. Combined with its friends at the Australian Energy Markets Regulator, on 18 October 2018, the ACCC released the document detailing its activities over the past year.
MORE INFORMATION
 

Qualifications

BA LLB (Hons) - University of Sydney

 

 

Latest News
The Coca-Cola Co. snaps up Australia's MOJO Kombucha
01 November 2018
Addisons has advised The Coca-Cola Company on its August 2018 acquisition of 100% of the shares in the Organic & Raw Trading Company, an innovative start up based in Adelaide that owns the MOJO brand of kombucha.
MORE INFORMATION
Latest Knowledge
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
MORE INFORMATION
The NSW Container Deposit Scheme – 'Return and Earn'
12 November 2018
In an earlier Focus Paper, we outlined the regimes for the regulation of waste in Australia and referred to the Australian Packaging Covenant. In this paper, we provide insight into the recently introduced NSW-based container deposit scheme.
MORE INFORMATION
Laughing all the way - the ACCC releases its 2018 annual report
12 November 2018
Heading into the Christmas period is always a festive time at the ACCC. Admittedly service-provider drinks are limited due to the ACCC’s gifts & gratuities policy, Christmas lunch is pay-your-own-way as the Government require it, but the one event ACCC staff always look forward to is the release of its annual report. Combined with its friends at the Australian Energy Markets Regulator, on 18 October 2018, the ACCC released the document detailing its activities over the past year.
MORE INFORMATION
Exclusivity Clauses in Distribution Agreements – The New Frontier in terms of Record Fines
1/11/2018
Over August and September 2018, the Federal Court imposed penalties of $11.95 million against a variety of companies, with a director of one of the companies personally ordered to pay $350,000, as a result of illegal exclusivity clauses in the distribution agreements between the companies.
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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.
View Full Focus Paper
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.
View Full Focus Paper
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.
View Full Focus Paper
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
 

Qualifications

BA LLB (Hons) - University of Sydney

 

 

Latest News
The Coca-Cola Co. snaps up Australia's MOJO Kombucha
01 November 2018
Addisons has advised The Coca-Cola Company on its August 2018 acquisition of 100% of the shares in the Organic & Raw Trading Company, an innovative start up based in Adelaide that owns the MOJO brand of kombucha.
MORE INFORMATION
Latest Knowledge
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
MORE INFORMATION
The NSW Container Deposit Scheme – 'Return and Earn'
12 November 2018
In an earlier Focus Paper, we outlined the regimes for the regulation of waste in Australia and referred to the Australian Packaging Covenant. In this paper, we provide insight into the recently introduced NSW-based container deposit scheme.
MORE INFORMATION
Laughing all the way - the ACCC releases its 2018 annual report
12 November 2018
Heading into the Christmas period is always a festive time at the ACCC. Admittedly service-provider drinks are limited due to the ACCC’s gifts & gratuities policy, Christmas lunch is pay-your-own-way as the Government require it, but the one event ACCC staff always look forward to is the release of its annual report. Combined with its friends at the Australian Energy Markets Regulator, on 18 October 2018, the ACCC released the document detailing its activities over the past year.
MORE INFORMATION