Chris Jose

Chris has over 25 years’ experience in the areas of competition law and market regulation, both in government and private sectors.Chris joined Herbert Smith Freehills as a partner in 2002 and led the rebuilding of the specialist competition law practice in Melbourne. Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Chris was at the Victorian Bar, where he had built a successful practice focusing on competition law and access regulation for both corporate clients and regulators. In his early career, Chris was employed in the Trade Practices Unit of the Australian Government Solicitors’ office and the Trade Practices Commission (the predecessor body to the ACCC).In recent years, Chris led a Herbert Smith Freehills team as the principal regulatory adviser to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea on comprehensive reforms of the telecommunications sector in PNG. Over a four-year period, Chris and his team guided the state in formulating and implementing the National ICT Policy, which identifies an appropriate regulatory framework to operate in the ICT sector in PNG. This culminated in Chris assisting the government (with PNG lawyers) in drafting the legislation and regulations aimed at implementing the National ICT reforms (the National ICT Act 2009). In addition to his legal qualifications, Chris holds a Master of Business Administration (Melbourne Business School).

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