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Prudence Smith


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  • The College of Law, St Leonards (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice 2004); University of New South Wales (LL.B. 2004; M.Com. 1999; M.A. 1998; B.A. 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • High Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales, and High Court of New Zealand

Government Service

  • Served with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) (1999-2014), including as principal lawyer in the Enforcement and Compliance Unit and Trade Practices and Litigation Unit (Mergers and Adjudication Sub-Unit)

Prudence Smith is a highly experienced competition law practitioner who advises clients on a full range of competition regulatory law issues. She has extensive experience in merger clearance, cartel and anticompetitive conduct investigations and litigation, ACCC immunities, authorizations, and notifications of contracts affecting competition.

Prudence's background includes more than 14 years at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), many of those years as an ACCC internal lawyer. She also has considerable experience in the information and evidence gathering and sharing processes of the ACCC. In particular, she was responsible, on numerous occasions, for the preparation and enforcement of statutory notices pursuant to section 155 of the competition statute and instructed on a large number of examinations. Since joining Jones Day, Prudence has assisted clients in responding to these notices, including in relation to allegations of criminal conduct.

Prudence is active in mentoring women lawyers beginning their careers, especially those focusing on competition law.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in Australia — regulatory practice (2020)

    Chambers Asia-Pacific — Australia: competition/antitrust (2017)

    Legal 500 Asia Pacific — Australia: competition and trade (2015)
Prudence Smith