Heather Irvine

Bowmans (Johannesburg)

Heather Irvine is a Partner at Bowmans based in Johannesburg. She specialises in multi-jurisdiction mergers and competition law complaint proceedings in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa. She launched two of the first applications in cartel cases to the Constitutional Court in South Africa, and acted for the South African Minister of Economic Development in the Walmart/Massmart merger, one of the first contested mergers involving complex public interest issues in multiple jurisdictions in Africa. Heather has acted as an external examiner in undergraduate and master’s competition law courses for the University of the Witwatersrand for the past ten years.

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Heather Irvine, Martin Coleman, Nick McHugh The Mauritius Competition Authority follows the UK Competition Authority’s lead in examining banks’ practices in the payment protection insurance and credit life insurance sector (Bank One / Barclays Bank)


Given burgeoning competition law regimes in Africa, international and local African lenders, as well as retailers extending credit, will have to reconsider their approach to offering credit life insurance with their loans in many African jurisdictions. This is evident from recent judgments by (...)

Heather Irvine, Martin Coleman, Nick McHugh The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa recognises right to class actions in competition cases (Children’s Resource Centre Trust / Pioneer Food)


In South Africa, the Supreme Court of Appeal has for the first time recognised in principle the availability of class actions to enforce damages claims resulting from practices prohibited under South Africa’s competition act. The judgment represents a fundamental change, because previously (...)



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