Norton Rose Fulbright (Sydney)

Nick McHugh

Norton Rose Fulbright (Sydney)

Nick McHugh is a competition and regulatory lawyer based in Sydney. The Head of Antitrust and Competition in Australia, Nick advises utilities, corporate clients and regulators such as the ACCC and the Australian Energy Regulator. Nick has particular experience in advising upon the economic regulation of utilities, including the electricity, gas, water, telecommunications and transport sectors. A large part of his practice is advising on third party access, domestic and cross-border merger clearances, joint ventures, anti-competitive conduct, the National Electricity Law, the National Gas Law and the various state-based energy and transport regulatory frameworks, including contested matters. Nick has represented numerous corporations in investigations conducted by the ACCC in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transport and logistics, media, construction and finance. He has represented clients in competition law matters in the Australia Competition Tribunal, Federal Court and High Court of Australia. Prior to rejoining private practice in 1998, Nick was a senior lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor principally advising and acting on behalf of the ACCC in the prosecution of competition law matters.


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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 South (...)

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