David Robbins Principal Solicitor

David leads our Competition Law & Regulatory Compliance team and also specialises in intellectual property law.  He is a highly experienced litigator in state and federal courts, and regularly deals with the ACCC, ASIC and IP Australia.  He draws on this experience to implement practical legal compliance programs for clients, to help protect their brand and reputation and stay out of trouble with regulators, competitors, customers and suppliers.  His clients span diverse industries including fashion, online retail, manufacturing and financial services, and he has a particular reputation for achieving commercial outcomes quickly.

David’s expertise includes:

  • ACCC and ASIC investigations and enforcement
  • mergers and acquisitions, including ACCC clearance
  • anti-competitive conduct, including cartel conduct, exclusive dealing and misuse of market power
  • misleading or deceptive conduct
  • advertising development and compliance across all media, including for financial products and services
  • all aspects of intellectual property matters and disputes, with particular  expertise in copyright, design, trade mark and patent infringement cases
  • defamation matters
  • unfair contract terms and unconscionable conduct
  • product safety, labelling, recalls and liability
  • consumer protection laws, and
  • developing competition and consumer law and intellectual property compliance programs.


David is ranked in Doyles Guide as a “rising star” in Competition Law (Australia, 2018), and is also noted for his expertise in the areas of intellectual property law and competition and trade by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

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Latest News & Insights

Katie Perry v Katy Perry

Posted By on 7/12/21 at 5:31 PM

By Shannan Welsh (Paralegal) and David Robbins (Principal Solicitor) A big-ticket item in the media recently is the ‘David and Goliath’ trademark battle taking place in the Federal Court between Sydney-based clothing designer, Katie Taylor (nee Katie Perry), and American singer-songwriter Katy Perry (known legally as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson). Background Ms. Taylor has sold clothes … Read more


Posted By on 24/07/20 at 12:27 PM

By Alexandra Shaw (Lawyer) and David Robbins (Principal Solicitor) Recent headlines that the iconic kangaroo logo would be replaced or sidelined for a new design has caused quite a bit of confusion. Thankfully, Glen Cooper, the chairman of The Australian Made Campaign, has clarified that the kangaroo logo will remain as Australia’s global product symbol … Read more

Regulators switch focus in response to COVID-19

By David Robbins (Principal Solicitor), Amelia Edwards (Special Counsel) and Adrian Faelli (Lawyer) Key Australian regulators have moved to establish new initiatives and scale-back some existing programs as the COVID-19 crisis deepens.  Given the current crisis impacts both business and consumers alike, ASIC and the ACCC have prioritised their resources to ensure they are best … Read more

Court says “no go” to Viagogo advertising practices

Posted By on 10/05/19 at 10:43 AM

By David Robbins (Principal Solicitor) and Laura-Jane Palma (Lawyer) The ACCC has succeeded in Federal Court action against Swiss-based online ticket reseller Viagogo, with the Court finding Viagogo’s advertising practices were false and misleading in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. Following hundreds of complaints received from disgruntled consumers, the ACCC’s case centred on a … Read more