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Kate French

Kate French


Kate advises clients on competition and consumer law, including proceedings and investigations commenced by the ACCC.  



Kate works on complex domestic and international mergers and advises clients on a range of contentious competition law and enforcement matters.

Given her previous background working for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Kate brings deep insights and a strategic approach when working with clients to solve complex competition and consumer concerns.

Kate is interested in all aspects of the Australian competition and consumer law, including merger clearances, joint ventures, collaborations and enforcement.

Kate’s experience includes:

  • advising on competition law considerations during ACCC investigations
  • advising a number of clients in relation to consumer law compliance
  • advising a number of clients in relation to merger control processes in Australia and associated competition law considerations


Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University and a Master of Law specialising in competition and consumer law from the University of Melbourne. Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, she worked at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Kate is qualified as an Australian legal practitioner in Victoria and the High Court of Australia. 

Kate was previously a senior investigator in the Commercial Construction Unit and the Enforcement Division at the ACCC from 2016-2019, where she investigated both civil and criminal breaches of the Competition and Consumer Act by many of Australia’s major corporations and influenced decisions made by the ACCC to pursue matters in court or to seek alternative remedies.