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.
The quality of our legal advice and service to clients is recognised through independent industry recognition and direct client feedback.
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JWS supports a number of community initiatives and not for profit organisations across Australia through pro bono legal work and charitable donations.
We are proud to sponsor a number of community initiatives.
In protecting your strategic position in the market, it's vital that you are armed with creative and commercial solutions to address competition law problems – whether it be defending regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, getting your deal through the ACCC or following advice to avoid complex competition issues.
Our competition team is ranked as one of the leading teams in Australia. We regularly act for blue chip clients on “bet the firm” competition litigation, mergers and acquisitions and cartel investigations. We have extensive experience dealing with the ACCC and the Australian Competition Tribunal, and particular expertise in defending misuse of market power and other competition claims.
Johnson Winter & Slattery’s 'exceptional team' provides advice that is ‘always commercially relevant, with regard for the client’s specific circumstances, and reveals a deep understanding of the law’.
We advise major Australian public companies, multi-national corporations and private enterprises on:
Our industry experience spans agricultural commodities, aviation, building products, energy, food manufacturing, information technology, insurance, manufacturing, media, transport and wines & beverages.
Advising on Qantas’ transformational A$2-3 billion alliance with Emirates, including helping expand the analysis beyond route based competition to include competition between hubs.
Advising Australia’s largest commercial and retail energy supplier on its A$1.5 billion gas purchase from Beach Energy.
Successfully advising Arrium (formerly OneSteel) on the ACCC competition review process relating to BlueScope Steel’s acquisition of OneSteel’s sheet and coil business.
Defending ACCC proceedings for Australia's largest domestic cartel prosecution in relation to the supply and acquisition of electrical cables.
Defending class action proceedings for global freight cartel. JWS previously acted for Qantas in relation to regulator proceedings around the world regarding alleged global freight cartel.
Acting for an Italian subsidiary company of the global Prysmian Group in its defence of civil penalty proceedings brought by the ACCC in the Federal Court over the alleged global cartel agreement to fix the minimum prices for contract tenders for the provision of land and submarine cables.
Advising immunity applicant in ACCC proceedings for alleged cartel conduct.
Successfully defended Australia’s pre-eminent jockey clubs by advancing strategic defence based on international context of rules in support of the rule prohibiting the use of artificial insemination in the production of thoroughbred horses. On appeal to High Court.
Defending ACCC proceedings for alleged misleading conduct relating to “drip pricing”.
defending ACCC proceedings for alleged breaches of the Consumer Law relation to Deals offered via Yahoo!7’s online group buying business, Spreets.
Sar Katdare is a 'standout performer'.
John Kench is listed as an Eminent Practitioner in Competition/Antitrust.
Aldo Nicotra is listed in Band 1 in Competition/Antitrust.
Johnson Winter & Slattery's Competition practice is ranked in Band 3.
Robert Wyld is listed in Band 1 in Antibribery & Corruption.
John Kench is recognised as a Leading Individual in Competition & Trade.
Johnson Winter & Slattery's Competition practice is ranked in Tier 2.
Sar Katdare, Aldo Nicotra and Michele Laidlaw are recommended in Competition/Antitrust Law.
Aldo Nicotra, John Kench, Michele Laidlaw, Sar Katdare and Wolfgang Hellman are listed as leading lawyers in Competition Law.
"The matters they are involved in, their high-quality client base and their advice to date are the reasons we continue to engage Johnson Winter & Slattery for advice in this area."
The firm is "unique in the effort they make to ensure that their existing clients feel valued and supported, taking the time to invest in the working relationship and to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of their businesses."
Aldo Nicotra is noted by a client as standing out for "practicality, precision and a very sharp commercial instinct" adding that although "it can be very difficult to get a clear, firm opinion in this area, he's an exception to the rule."
Sar Katdare is cited by referees as a particularly accessible, responsive and pragmatic partner who stands out not only for his "good practical understanding of the laws and of ACCC’s application of them", but also as someone who is "prepared to offer advice that highlights the risks but plots a commercial path through the obstacles."
"They work seamlessly with our in-house team, we are able to rely on them for high-level strategic thinking and they are more than capable in handling big litigation, punching above their weight."
"I've never felt so comfortable with a law firm as with these guys: it feels like they're part of our team and I've no hesitation in recommending them."
Johnson Winter & Slattery’s "exemplary" service has "secured business critical outcomes"
Aldo Nicotra is noted as "a trusted adviser for many years and a great strategic thinker with a deep interest in our business."
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."
Sar Katdare is recognised as a "highly intelligent and pragmatic" partner who provides "punchy, matter-of-fact, efficient and clear" advice.
"Highly skilled and capable lawyers who are highly experienced and commercial, with a national network of offices and a commercial fee structure."
"They have a detailed understanding of issues facing our industry and a deep knowledge of competition law; they are therefore able to provide high-level, strategic advice."
Johnson Winter & Slattery's ‘experience in the aviation industry is hard to replicate'.
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