The Gaire Blunt scholarship is offered by the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. It was first awarded in 2008 and commemorates Gaire Blunt, who was a leading competition law practitioner and a partner at Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens Arthur Robinson) from 1970 to 2005.
After the enactment of the Trade Practices Act in 1974 Gaire was in the vanguard of those who were to shape the form, regulation and administration of competition law in Australia. He was a member of the inaugural Trade Practices Committee of the Law Council of Australia, the first Consulting Editor to the CCH Trade Practices Reporter and one of the leading practitioners in the field.
For almost ten years Gaire was a lay member of the Administrative Division of the New Zealand High Court. His work for the New Zealand High Court on the Kapuni gas case was a highlight.
This scholarship recognises that Gaire played a central role in developing and mentoring the careers of many young lawyers and was always concerned to ensure that he gave younger lawyers the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their talents.
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Vivienne Pham is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School (Class of 2014) in New York. She graduated in 2008 with First Class Honours in both Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics at La Trobe University. She was previously a competition lawyer at DLA Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) and a regulatory economist at Powercor. She is currently co-authoring an article with Associate Professor David Prentice of La Trobe University that seeks to explain an econometric technique to measure the welfare effects of mergers. The article has received a Revise and Resubmit for the Journal of Industrial Economics.
Vivienne won the 2012 Gaire Blunt Scholarship for her paper entitled "The Treatment of Efficiencies in the Merger Clearance Process". Her paper discusses how well the ACCC takes into account merger efficiencies in the informal clearance process and compares this to the practice of the Federal Trade Commission under the US antitrust regime. She argues for the need for a more robust framework for efficiency analysis to facilitate a fair process for parties to put forward merger-related efficiencies that may contribute to a positive net welfare gain.
Matthew Eglezos is a Graduate at Freehills in Melbourne, currently rotating through the firm's Litigation practice group. He graduated in 2009 from Monash University with first class honours in Law and was awarded the Supreme Court Prize for Best Honours Student. Matthew was also a recipient of the Monash University National Scholarship for Excellence, was a member of the Monash University Law Review editorial committee, and was involved in national and international mooting competitions.
Matthew's Gaire Blunt Scholarship paper "Recovering Cartel Damages: the 'Passing-On' Defence Under the Trade Practices Act" is an edited version of a thesis he submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of his Law degree.
Daniel Clarry is a competition lawyer at the Office of Fair Trading in London. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Queensland in 2006 before working as an Associate to Justice Greenwood in the Federal Court of Australia. Following his time at the Federal Court, Daniel worked as a competition lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor's office in Brisbane. He will read for a Master of Law at McGill University in Montreal from August 2010 before returning to Australia where he hopes to practice as a Barrister.
Daniel won the inaugural Gaire Blunt Scholarship in 2008 for his paper "Contemporary Approaches to Market Definition: Taking into account international markets under Part IV of the Trade Practices Act 1974". In his paper, Daniel considered the scope of Australian competition laws, and particularly the ACCC's power, to regulate competition in international markets. Daniel argued that an international dimension to contemporary market definition is now unavoidable and perspectives need to be adjusted to take into account this economic and commercial reality.
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