JWS Consulting is a division of Johnson Winter & Slattery providing commercial consulting services.
We are engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging matters.
Established in 1993 by Tony Johnson, Nigel Winter and Peter Slattery as a boutique corporate firm, JWS grew rapidly to become a leading independent Australian firm.
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In 2018, we celebrated 25 years of long-lasting relationships with our valued clients.
Michele is a competition lawyer specialising in all aspects of Australian competition law across a range of industries including aviation and transport.
She advises clients on clearance of mergers and acquisitions, investigating and responding to alleged breaches of the Trade Practices Act (now Competition and Consumer Act) and contentious and non-contentious dealings with the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). She also has experience in Federal Court litigation, advising on consumer protection law and the development of trade practices compliance programs.
Michele has particular experience in complex and difficult mergers and alliances requiring competition authority approval, authorisation and Competition Tribunal review. She is highly skilled in aviation and transport industry work, having advised Qantas for many years on key competition matters.
She is ranked as a leading Competition/Antitrust lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 and voted one of Australia’s leading Competition lawyers by her peers in Best Lawyers Australia 2019.
Ranked as a leading Competition/Antitrust lawyer
Recommended in Competition and Trade law
Recognised as a leading lawyer in Competition Law
Michele Laidlaw is praised for her "incredibly pragmatic, targeted and commercial advice" and her "customer-focused approach; she takes the time to understand the nuances of our services and our needs."
Michele Laidlaw is valued by clients for her "business-targeted and commercial advice" as well as her "technically impressive legal expertise and strong economics background."
“Well-regarded partner Michele Laidlaw is frequently noted for her work for long-term client Qantas.”
The Australian competition regulator (the ACCC) has succeeded in a case against Valve Corporation (Valve), a global digital distribution company, regarding its failure to provide refunds to certain...
Take note: this case is particularly instructive foreign businesses operating in Australia and businesses providing digital content to consumers online.
In a new case echoing Nurofen’s bruising $6m encounter over its “pain specific” range, the ACCC has commenced proceedings against the manufacturers of Voltaren Osteo Gel.