Mr. Howarth is a competition and consumer lawyer with more than twenty years' experience in private practice and government.
He has experience advising on contentious and non-contentious matters, regulatory proceedings and in responding to investigations across a range of industries, particularly the telecommunications, aviation, IT, finance and retail sectors.
Mr. Howarth has occupied senior roles in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, where he led complex investigations and litigation under the consumer and competition provisions of the Australian law. His work included cartel investigations in financial markets; misuse of market power litigation in health and telecommunications sectors; and misleading or deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct and consumer guarantee cases in online retail, education and transport. Mr. Howarth has also provided legal and regulatory policy advice to non-government organisations and in the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.
Mr. Howarth's diverse private sector and regulatory experience allows him to advise clients on competition and consumer law issues with an understanding of commercial objectives as well as first-hand knowledge of the objectives and processes of regulators.
Mr. Howarth has undergraduate degrees in law and economics and postgraduate degrees in Australian and German law. He teaches competition law as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Sydney Law School.
Articles in the National Law Review database by David Howarth