Owbridge PSM, Glenn

Special Counsel Competition and Consumer law

Glenn is one of our most experienced litigators, having specialised in complex civil penalty litigation for over 20 years. He has been the leader of AGS’s national Competition and Consumer Law team since 1994. He has had extensive experience in conducting and leading legal teams in major regulatory and commercial litigation, particularly complex litigation and civil penalty work for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Therapeutic Goods Association, Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and other regulators. In 2005 and 2006, he was the Solicitor Assisting the Cole Inquiry into the United Nations Oil for Food program, leading the inquiry’s internal forensic team. He has also undertaken prosecution work for Customs, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service and the Australian Federal Police.

Glenn was the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association’s Government Lawyer of the Year in 2011. In 2014 he was honoured with the Public Service Medal (PSM) for his outstanding public service through his contribution to the development of competition and consumer law and his carriage, as AGS's lead solicitor, of the Air Cargo cartel proceedings.

Recent experience

Glenn’s recent work includes:

  • advising on the completion effects and aspects of Commonwealth programs to deal with the COVID 19 pandemic
  • penalty and injunction case for tax avoidance schemes, breaches of the superannuation law and misconduct in relation to the supply and advertising of therapeutic goods
  • acting for the ACCC in the High Court to establish that price-fixing conduct by fixing surcharges on air cargo coming to Australia from oversees took place in a ‘market in Australia’ and was accordingly liable to injunctions and pecuniary penalties. The total penalties in that case exceeded $130 million.
  • acting for the ACCC in the High Court to establish that Flight Centre Ltd, as a travel agent, was in competition with airlines for ticket sales for the purposes of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and thus attempts to influence competition between them were unlawful.

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma of Management, University of Central Queensland, 1990

Bachelor of Laws, Queensland Institute of Technology, 1984

Recognition

Queen’s Birthday Public Service Medal 2014: Recognising his contribution to the development of competition law and his work on the Air Cargo cartel cases

Australian Corporate Lawyers Association's Government Lawyer of the Year, 2011

Australia Day Award (Team award) for work on the Air Cargo matter, 2014

Australia Day Award (Team award) for work on the Oil for food inquiry, 2007

Australia Day Award (Individual award) for providing outstanding legal services and leadership, 2001.