Gareth Austin

Gareth Austin is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution practice group in Sydney. He joined the Firm as a Summer Clerk in 2014 and commenced his current role in 2017. Prior to this, Gareth had experience in construction and other commercial practice areas. Gareth’s practice focuses on disputes, but also includes transactional and advisory based work with a particular focus on anti-bribery and anti-corruption issues. Gareth has acted for large domestic and international clients in various commercial disputes, including in the construction and commercial leasing industries. Gareth’s transactional work includes advising clients on a range of compliance issues, including undertaking anti-bribery due diligence and advising on sanctions risks. Gareth also has assisted a number of clients with both internal and regulatory investigations, including in relation to competition and anti-trust issues.

New legislation passed which will put onus on companies – when did your company last undertake a risk assessment on corruption? In brief The Australian government has, after many years of deliberation, passed the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Foreign Bribery) Bill 2023 (“Bill”) which introduces a new indictable corporate offence of failing to prevent foreign bribery. This offence will apply where an associate of a company has committed bribery in relation to a foreign public official for…