John Kench Consultant

Meet John

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 a 'Senior Statesperson' in Competition & Antitrust.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019
Recognised as a Leading Lawyer for Competition & Trade
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Ranked as an Eminent Practitioner in Competition & Antitrust
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017-2018
Listed as a leading lawyer in Competition Law and Regulatory Practice
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
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
Listed as a leading lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2020

Career & qualifications


  • 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

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Merger with benefits: Lessons from the Tabcorp/Tatts case

The Australian Competition Tribunal has given competition approval for the $11bn merger of Tabcorp and Tatts. Although the Tribunal was the first instance decision maker in this case, under...

Review 2016

Review 2015