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Elizabeth Richmond

Elizabeth Richmond


Elizabeth Richmond

Elizabeth Richmond is a globally recognised antitrust lawyer, with a practice spanning the full spectrum of antitrust work, from regulatory advice to litigation. She is consistently ranked in legal directories including Chambers, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal, and the Global Competition Review.

In addition to her busy practice, Elizabeth is a frequent speaker and author. She is a current Co-Chair of the IBA Antitrust Litigation Working Group and is a co-author of the Australia country chapter on Competition Litigation published by International Comparative Legal Guides.

Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Elizabeth was a partner at a leading Australian law firm where she helped create an innovative dawn raid app to provide clients with a step-by-step tool to deal with a dawn raid as it happens.

Merger assessments and merger control advice work

  • GeelongPort as target in the proposed US$864m acquisition by Spirit Super and Palisade Partners Consortium.*
  • Bouygues on the US$5.9bn acquisition of Equans.*
  • Bombardier's majority shareholder in Alstom's €5.5bn acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.*

Competition litigation

  • An international bank in respect of FX price manipulation - the only competition class action in Australia.*
  • Vodafone Plc in the Federal Court with respect to the merger of TPG and Vodafone Hutchison Australia, opposed by the ACCC.*
  • Pacific National in the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia with respect to the acquisition of the Acacia Ridge Intermodal Terminal in Queensland from Aurizon, opposed by the ACCC.*

Cartel investigations and proceedings

  • On one of the first criminal cartel matters to be prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions concerning shipping lines.*
  • A major European high voltage cable supplier with respect to cartel conduct in relation to the supply of high voltage cable to the Snowy Hydro Project.*
  • Australia's largest retailer with respect to the cartel conduct of suppliers of laundry detergent.*
  • Korean Air Lines in the context of an air cargo cartel.*

Regulatory advice related to competition issues and other matters

  • Advised significant gas producers in relation the ACCC's ongoing Gas Inquiry and related inquiries conducted by the ACCC.*
  • Advised a variety of large Australian consumer facing entities about Australian Consumer Law issues and other sector relevant regulatory matters on an on-going basis.*

* Indicates this matter was completed prior to Elizabeth joining Clifford Chance in 2023.

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Auckland (BA/LLB) 2003
  • Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales 2008
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia Registry of Practitioners 2008
  • Joined Clifford Chance as a Partner 2023

Professional bodies

  • Co-chair IBA Antitrust Litigation Working Group
  • Member of the Competition and Consumer Committee, Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia

Awards and citations

  • Band 4 Chambers Asia Pacific 2023
  • Leading Individual Legal 500 2023
  • “Elizabeth is a first-rate competition law lawyer who shows excellent attention to detail.” Chambers Asia-Pacific 2023
  • “highly organised, willing to dive into details to get to the bottom of an issue, and who can synthesise matters for clients.”
    Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022
  • She is appreciated for her "remarkable grasp of all the threads" of a matter and for advice that is "always punchy, commercial and easily communicated."
    Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021
  • Global Competition Review: Leading Woman in Antitrust (2021)
  • “rare find” Elizabeth Richmond, has "an excellent eye for detail and uses it to provide advice without losing the bigger picture."
    Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020