Michele Laidlaw Partner

Meet Michele

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.

Experience

Recognition

Ranked as a leading Competition/Antitrust lawyer
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018
Recommended in Competition and Trade law
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Recognised as a leading lawyer in Competition Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
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."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016
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."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2015
“Well-regarded partner Michele Laidlaw is frequently noted for her work for long-term client Qantas.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Economics (Hons)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Recognition

  • Ranked as a leading Competition/Antitrust lawyer – Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018
  • Recommended in Competition and Trade law – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
  • Recognised as a leading lawyer in Competition Law – Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
  • “Well-regarded partner Michele Laidlaw is frequently noted for her work for long-term client Qantas.” –  Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014  

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