Burton Phillips is a competition and regulatory lawyer based in Johannesburg.
He focusses on all aspects of the Competition Act and the Consumer Protection Act and advises clients on regulatory compliance, cartel investigations and represents clients in competition litigation.
Burton assists in advising various local and multinational firms in a number of industries on all aspects of the Competition Act and the Consumer Protection Act as well as related sector specific legislation.
Burton advises and represents a number of clients in cartel investigations before the Competition Tribunal and provides advice on competition law and regulatory compliance, including competition law opinions, merger notifications, compliance presentations and implementing compliance programmes.
Burton regularly advises clients in many different sectors on how to align their practices with the requirements of the Consumer Protection Act. His experience includes consumer law opinions, drafting and reviewing of agreements, drafting terms and conditions, promotional competitions, developing an industry code in terms of the act, franchising, training and the drafting and implementing of consumer law compliance manuals.
Burton is a regular conference speaker on consumer and competition law and has appeared on television and radio as proficient in the Consumer Protection Act.
Burton also has experience in advising on procurement and supply chain management having completed a secondment as legal advisor to the South African Post Office where he gained invaluable experience in drafting and negotiating of procurement contracts.
Burton holds a BCom, majoring in law and economics, and an LLB from the North-West University and is fluent in English and Afrikaans.
The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) has been in force for two years..
Proposed changes to Consumer Protection Act regulations on genetically modified organisms may push up the cost of food labelling.