“Creativity, speed, and attention to detail – the driving principles behind how I deliver work.”
Rachel has worked in both an in-house capacity and as an external adviser, having completed two secondments with clients since joining Addisons in late 2013. She enjoys the daily challenge of coming up with practical and simple solutions to complex legal issues, to enable our clients to achieve their business objectives within a speedy timeframe.
Her core practice is in the fields of competition and consumer law, with a focus on the fast moving consumer goods sector. She specialises in merger clearances, compliance with cartel and anti-competitive conduct laws, resale price maintenance, advertising and marketing, product recalls, consumer guarantees, unfair contract terms, food labelling laws, and compliance with the therapeutic goods regime.
Rachel is also an experienced M&A lawyer, having worked on transactions for clients including The Coca-Cola Company and Bega Cheese Limited.
The a2 Milk Company — since 2016, providing regular advertising and marketing clearance advice on global and Australian advertising and marketing and campaigns, including food regulatory issues and trade promotions.
The a2 Milk Company Australia (a2MCA) — undertook a 6.5 month secondment with a2MCA in the role of Regulatory Affairs Specialist in 2019-20, which involved conducting market access reviews in Asian markets for nutritional products, signing off on product labels from a food regulatory perspective, and providing support to the marketing and R&D team in relation to food labelling compliance.
Cartel Conduct and Resale Price Maintenance Audit for key client — since 2016, conducting comprehensive and in-depth resale price maintenance audits on an annual basis for a key client of the firm as part of the client’s compliance initiatives and in order to assist the client in determining the level of competition law risk exposure within their sales team.
Coca-Cola South Pacific — undertook a 7 month secondment with CCSP in the role of Legal Counsel in 2017-18, which involved signing off on marketing campaigns and promotional materials, providing advice on employment law matters, and drafting commercial contracts including sponsorship agreements.
The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) — part of the team that advised TCCC on its joint acquisition - together with its local bottler, Coca-Cola Amatil - of a 45% equity stake in the Made Group, which is an independent beverage manufacturer based in Melbourne that owns popular brands Cocobella, Rokeby Farms, Impressed juices and NutrientWater. I also advised TCCC on its acquisition of Organic & Raw Trading Co, manufacturer of the MOJO brand of kombucha.
The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) — part of the team that advised TCCC in relation to its acquisition of a strategic stake in an Australian start-up beverage company – the Inside Out Group – which produces fresh non-dairy milk under the brand, Inside Out. This was the first deal completed by TCCC in a string of local transactions to grow its portfolio of healthy products and to invest in an innovative, early stage business responding to consumer demand for plant-based beverages.
Water Filters Australia — advised on various voluntary product recalls in connection with the introduction of various mandatory standards on button batteries.