John Kench

+61 2 8274 9537
+61 418 670 558


John has been a competition and consumer protection adviser since the commencement of the Trade Practices Act (now Competition and Consumer Act) in late 1974.

He specialises in the regulation of complex mergers and business arrangements, and in the defence of competition law prosecutions and civil litigation.

John has acted in landmark merger matters for many leading companies including BHP Billiton, News Ltd, Boral, Goodman Fielder, Mayne, BAT, SingTel, Patrick Corporation, Santos and Unilever. He has also acted in major misuse of market power and collusion prosecutions and follow-on civil litigation. He is involved in trade practices education and compliance training.

John is consistently ranked in Australian and international legal services directories as one of Australia's leading competition lawyers, well noted for his strategic problem solving.


  • Ranked as an Eminent Practitioner is Competition & Antitrust – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017
  • Ranked as a Leading Lawyer for Competition & Trade  –  Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017
  • Recognised as a leading lawyer in Competition Law and Regulatory Practice – Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
  • John Kench is "one of the leading competition experts in Australia" – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016
  • "there are not many other people with that level of knowledge and access" – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016
  • Department head John Kench "is a very experienced senior partner" who is highly rated by clients and peers alike – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney


  • Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
  • Foreign Member, American Bar Association
  • Member Anti-Trust Section of ABA
  • Business Law Section, Law Council of Australia
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, Australian Business in Europe
  • International Bar Association