I combine legal excellence with creative thinking to come up with simple, practical, and innovative legal solutions which are tailored to our clients’ needs.
I have worked in both an in-house capacity and as an external adviser, having completed two secondments with clients since joining Addisons in late 2013. I enjoy 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.
My core practice is in the fields of competition and consumer law, with a focus on the fast moving consumer goods sector. I specialise in advertising and marketing laws, food labelling regulations, and general compliance with the Australian Consumer Law.
I also have solid experience in corporate advisory work and in mergers and acquisitions, having worked on transactions on both the competition side, assisting clients seeking merger clearance from the ACCC, and on the corporate side as a transactional lawyer.
RPM Audit — 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.
The a2 Milk Company Australia (a2MCA) — I undertook a 6.5 month secondment with a2MCA in the role of Regulatory Affairs Specialist, 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.
The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) — I was on 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) — I was on 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.
Coca-Cola South Pacific — I undertook a 7 month secondment with CCSP in the role of Legal Counsel, which involved signing off on marketing campaigns and promotional materials, providing advice on employment law matters, and drafting commercial contracts including sponsorship agreements.