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The automotive industry operates in a highly competitive and globally integrated supply chain. Many of the legal, regulatory and business issues facing the industry are unique to it and require specialised legal skills and industry knowledge in order to address them in a prompt, efficient and commercial manner. The emergence of alternative fuel and drivetrain technologies is also providing unique challenges and opportunities for participants in the automotive industry.

HWL Ebsworth has a dedicated Automotive Industry Group that comprises lawyers with a real depth of expertise and passion for the automotive industry. There are very few law firms in Australia that can offer the wide range of legal expertise to service this unique and important industry. Our assistance and knowledge has proved a vital resource for many of our clients in national and international matters. Our lawyers regularly travel overseas to attend automotive industry conferences and trade missions to keep abreast of global developments.


Our relevant experience includes:

  • negotiating and finalising motor vehicle dealer agreements and automotive supply chain agreements;
  • litigation in relation to matters including supply chain, dealership and product liability disputes, unconscionable conduct, restrictive trade practices and other anti-competitive conduct affecting the automotive industry, including acting in urgent injunctions;
  • advising in relation to industry assistance schemes such as the Automotive Competitive and Investment Scheme (ACIS) and Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS) including acting on disputes with AusIndustry;
  • advising and drafting submissions to the Federal Government of Australia on behalf of various trade associations and Government bodies in relation to legislation of critical importance to the automotive industry such as the Franchising Code of Conduct;
  • acting in mergers and acquisitions of  automotive component supplier manufacturers and motor vehicle dealers; and
  • advising automotive industry associations such as Federation of Automotive Parts Manufacturers, Motor Trades Association of Australia, Australian Automobile Dealers Association, Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce, Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia and Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association.


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