Claire Forster

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

T:+61 2 9330 8168
Claire Forster

Claire Forster



Claire Forster is a competition, consumer and regulatory lawyer based in Sydney.

She has recently received high profile recognition as a Next Generation Competition and Trade Lawyer in the 2017 Legal 500 and has a masters degree in competition law.

She acts in matters covering all aspects of competition/antitrust law including cartels and the competition law treatment of joint ventures and other collaborations amongst competitors. She works on strategic merger and market dominance issues in concentrated sectors, with a particular focus in energy and infrastructure.

Claire is accustomed to dealing with regulators (including the ACCC, AER and state-based fair trading offices and energy regulators). Her strong advocacy and solutions-based approach has led to great outcomes for clients in adversarial and cooperative contexts across cartels, mergers, exclusive dealing, joint ventures, consumer law and energy. She has worked on numerous regulatory investigations and cases, advised on and obtained merger clearances for domestic and cross-border transactions, and secured authorisations from the ACCC.

Having a particular focus in the energy industry, Claire advises at all levels of the energy supply chain (including generators, transmission and distribution network operators, retailers and governments). She again works closely on the regulatory frontier with the AER, AEMO and state-based regulators and has worked on a number of recent, high profile renewable energy projects accross wind, solar and battery.

Professional experience

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  • High Court of Australia 2007
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales 2006
  • Recognised as a Next Generation Competition and Trade Lawyer by The Legal 500 (2017)
  • French


Syndicated loans - Australian competition law primer

Publication | June 17, 2019

Seven deadly sins of joint ventures under competition law

Publication | February 18, 2019

Energy regulatory updater – August

Publication | August 31, 2017

Energy regulatory updater – September

Publication | September 31, 2017