Patrick Clark

Herbert Smith Freehills (Sydney)
Lawyer (Senior Associate)

Patrick specialises in providing strategic competition law advice, with a particular focus on assisting clients with complex and contested merger clearances and with navigating ACCC investigations. Patrick has assisted clients to obtain merger clearance despite ACCC opposition in two leading and widely publicised cases: AGL / Macquarie Generation (2014) and Vodafone v ACCC (2020, advising TPG). That depth of contentious merger experience is rare, and those experiences inform all aspects of Patrick’s advice. Patrick’s key strengths include an ability to rapidly develop a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses (the products/services, value drivers, strategic objectives and the broader industry), and to engage effectively with all levels of the business in their commercial language. In Patrick’s experience, those skills are critical to success in competition law matters.Patrick studied law at The University of Melbourne (Honours) (2010), economics for competition lawyers at King’s College London (2014) and is admitted in Victoria, New South Wales and the High Court (2011). Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills in February 2018, Patrick practiced Australian competition law at Ashurst Australia, and EU competition law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (an international firm preeminent in that area).

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Herbert Smith Freehills (Sydney)
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Patrick Clark, Tomas Kemmery, Liza Carver The Australian Competition Authority launches its first enforcement proceedings under the new ’effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power (Tasmanian Ports)


On 6 December 2019, the ACCC launched its first enforcement proceedings under the new ‘effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power. The proceedings will provide much needed guidance as to how the much-debated ‘effects test’ will apply to unilateral conduct. It is noteworthy that the two (...)

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