With serious cartel conduct now a criminal offence in Australia and individuals subject to jail time, the focus on cartels has never been greater.

MinterEllison's cartels unit has extensive expertise in domestic and global cartel investigations, leniency applications, enforcement proceedings, and class actions. We advise clients on the application of the cartel conduct provisions, and ensure that arrangements with competitors, including joint ventures, do not fall foul of the Competition and Consumer Act.

We represent companies and individuals in cartel investigations and subsequent proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and follow-up damages and class actions. We help clients to obtain conditional immunity and leniency from the ACCC and/or the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecution (as necessary), and to comply with the ongoing obligations of an immunity applicant.

Singapore Airlines air freight cartel class action

Defending Singapore Airlines Cargo in its prosecution by the ACCC for alleged airfreight cartel conduct and acting for it and Singapore Airlines in related class action proceedings.

Flight Centre litigation

Advised Singapore Airlines and IATA in relation to proceedings alleging that Flight Centre attempted to induce competitors (Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Emirates) to stop directly offering and booking their own international airfares (including over the internet) at prices less than Flight Centre offered.