Thomas Jones

Bird & Bird (Sydney)
Lawyer (Partner)

Thomas is a partner in the Competition and Commercial Groups in Sydney, he specialises in cross-jurisdictional regulatory issues in technology and communications. When advising clients, his work combines excellent, technical legal knowledge with innovative, creative approaches. He enjoys working for Bird & Bird because there are some phenomenally clever lawyers here, working on some of the most challenging international matters in technology and communications for innovative organisations and exciting clients. They work together as one cross-border team, sharing ideas and expertise, to deliver entirely ground-breaking projects for the wide array of clients. His expertise in technology and communications, particularly on the regulatory side, covers exciting new areas such as 5G and LEO satellites as well as the full range of existing services. Where law is just evolving or technologies are novel, he uses his creative problem-solving skills to plot a trajectory with his clients to achieve their desired outcomes. Clients enjoy working with him, and he has been recognised as a ’star’ by independent research company, Acritas, based on clients’ feedback. As co-head of the firm’s satellites and space activities team, he is pleased to work with several major satellite businesses and related projects, harnessing the transformative power of satellite technology and related communications to enhance people’s lives, all around the world. He is also the competition law partner in Australia and work closely with a broad range of clients in the region to help them achieve their commercial objectives in a way that doesn’t fall foul of competition or consumer laws. This includes advice on merger clearance, cartels and anti-competitive agreements as well as misleading or deceptive conduct. He does have another string to his bow. Initially, he trained as a professional classical violinist before qualifying as a lawyer. A few years ago, he realised that he needed music back in his life. As a result, he founded the Sydney Lawyers Orchestra. The orchestra, which he directs and conducts, brings together other classically trained musicians from across the Sydney legal profession. Classical music combines mind with soul, technique with expression, striking the perfect balance between intellectual and creative, which is so important to him both personally and professionally, including in his work as a lawyer.

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Thomas Jones, Tom Macken The Australian Competition Authority takes action against online search engine in relation to allegations that it misled consumers about the collection and use of their personal information online (Google)

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Australia’s competition and consumer regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), recently decided to take action against Google LLC (Google) in relation to allegations that it misled consumers about the collection and use of their personal information online, including, (...)

Tom Macken, Thomas Jones The Australian Competition Authority releases its statement of issues by expressing preliminary concerns over a proposed acquisition that would entrench an online platform’s dominant position in the supply of data-dependent health services and ad tech services (Google / Fitbit)

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On 18 June 2020, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released its Statement of Issues in relation to Google LLC’s proposed acquisition of Fitbit, expressing its concerns that the acquisition may further entrench Google’s dominant position in the supply of data-dependent (...)

Jeff Tian, Thomas Jones The Australian Competition Authority grants 17 interim authorisations to address immediate problems being faced by industry participants and to ensure public needs and benefits are retained during the COVID-19 outbreak

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In recent weeks, the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has acted swiftly and granted 17 interim authorisations to address immediate problems being faced by industry participants and to ensure public needs and benefits are retained during the COVID-19 pandemic. (...)

Lynne Lewis, Megan Edwards, Tom Macken, Thomas Jones The Australian Competition Authority announces a re-focus of its 2020 compliance and enforcement priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Due to the rapidly changing global landscape, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced on 27 March 2020 a "re-focus" of its 2020 Compliance and Enforcement Priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it has not explicitly revoked its existing priorities, which we (...)

Thomas Jones, Tom Macken The Australian Competition Authority commences an inquiry into the digital advertising technology supply chain and advertising agency services in Australia and releases an issues paper encouraging interested stakeholders to provide their feedback

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The ACCC has now commenced an inquiry into the digital advertising technology supply chain and advertising agency services in Australia, releasing an issues paper encouraging interested stakeholders (including advertisers and ad hosts) to provide their feedback on key issues affecting the (...)

Tom Macken, Thomas Jones The Australian Competition Authority decides not to appeal the Federal Court’s decision in a merger which declared that it would not have the effect, or likely effect, of substantially lessening competition in the supply of retail mobile services (TPG / Vodafone)

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The ACCC has decided not to appeal the Federal Court of Australia’s highly anticipated judgment in the TPG/Vodafone merger in which it declared that the proposed merger between the two parties would not have the effect, or likely effect, of substantially lessening competition in the supply of (...)

Tom Macken, Thomas Jones The Australian Federal Court orders a car manufacturer to pay $125 million in penalties for breaching national consumer law by making false representations relating to its compliance with the diesel emissions standards (Volkswagen)

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In December 2019, the Federal Court ordered the German car manufacturer, Volkswagen AG, to pay AUD$125 million in penalties for engaging in a breach of Australia’s consumer law (the Australian Consumer Law ("ACL")) by making false representations relating to its compliance with Australian diesel (...)

Tom Macken, Thomas Jones The Australian Competition Authority takes an action against an online platform company for allegedly engaging in misleading conduct and making false or misleading representations to customers (Google)

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In October 2019, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC") decided to take action against Google LLC and Google Australia Pty Ltd (collectively, "Google") in the Federal Court of Australia for allegedly engaging in misleading conduct and making false or misleading (...)

Tom Macken, Thomas Jones The Australian Director of Public Prosecutions brings criminal charges against a former general manager for obstructing an Australian Competition Authority’s cartel investigation (BlueScope)

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In our August update , we discussed the proceedings that had been commenced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in the Federal Court of Australia against BlueScope Steel Limited (BlueScope) and its former General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Mr Jason Ellis, for (...)

Tom Macken, Thomas Jones The Australian Competition Authority starts proceedings in the Federal Court against a steel manufacturer and a general manager for alleged cartel conduct (BlueScope)

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In August 2019, Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") commenced proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against BlueScope Steel Limited ("BlueScope") and its former General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Mr Jason Ellis, for alleged (...)

Thomas Jones, Richard Eccles The Australian Competition Authority publishes its final report into the impact of digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms on consumers and news media businesses

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Digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms have come under increasing global scrutiny in recent times. We are at a critical point in understanding the impact global digital search engines and platforms have on content aggregation, markets and (...)

Tom Macken, Thomas Jones The Australian Federal Court fines an airline company for engaging into a misleading conduct in relation to its refund practices and makes clear that Australia’s Competition laws apply to international business (Jetstar)

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In May 2019, Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), secured two significant victories in the Federal Court against airlines, one for misleading conduct against Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd (Jetstar) in relation to its refund practices, and one (...)

Tom Macken, Thomas Jones The Australian Competition Authority enters into a cooperation agreement with the US FBI in order to enhance its efforts in detecting, investigations and prosecuting anticompetitive conduct

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In April 2019, Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC"), entered into a Memorandum of Cooperation ("MoC") with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") in order to enhance its efforts in detecting, investigating and (...)

Tom Macken, Thomas Jones The Australian Competition Authority publishes the draft that set out how the consumer data right is implemented and how it operates in practice in the banking sector

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On 29 March 2019, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) published the draft Competition and Consumer (Consumer Data) Rules 2019 (the “Draft Rules”). The Draft Rules set out how the Consumer Data Right (the “CDR”) will be implemented, and how it will operate in practice. The CDR (...)

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