Michael Terceiro

Michael Terceiro is our exclusively recommended Competition Law & Consumer Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in these areas, please contact Michael directly using the contact details listed above.

Since 2008, Michael has worked as the principal lawyer at TLC. During that time Michael has helped numerous businesses avoid unwanted attention from the ACCC.

All but one of the businesses which Michael has assisted in relation to an ongoing ACCC investigation since 2008 has been able to avoid the imposition of any formal sanctions. In other words, all but one of the clients who retained TLC at the ACCC investigatory stage has been able to avoid either being taken to court by the ACCC or being required by the ACCC to enter into a court enforceable undertaking.

Michael has been retained by a number of large, medium and small businesses to assist them in relation to competition and consumer law matters. Clients have included Airbnb, ALDI Stores, LG Electronics, InvoCare Australia, Dell Computers, Arnott’s Australia, Coates Hire, oOhmedia, Costco Wholesale, and Ozsale.

Prior to setting up TLC, Michael worked at the ACCC for 15 years. During this time, he worked as:

  • the Director (in charge) of the Sydney Mergers and Asset Sales Branch
  • the National GST Enforcement Coordinator
  • a Director of Enforcement and Compliance in the New South Wales Regional Office
  • the Director (in charge) of the ACCC’s Waterfront Team during the Waterfront Dispute.

In Michael’s various roles at the ACCC he ran more than 600 ACCC investigations, including more than 100 merger clearances, and 30 court cases. Michael’s team success rate in litigation was more than 90%.

Michael also has a range of part time – advisory roles – namely:

  • General Editor of the Thomson Reuters publication, the Australian Business Law Review
  • expert consultant on competition and consumer law to both Lexis Nexis and Wolters Kluwer/CCH

Michael is a member of the NSW Law Society, Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He is the Deputy Chair of the Small and Medium Enterprise Committee of the Law Council, a role he has held since 2013.

Michael’s qualifications include a Master of Dispute Resolution (with Excellence) from the University of New South Wales, Master of Laws from the University of Sydney, Professional Certificate in Arbitration from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University.

Firm Overview:

TLC can help your business avoid problems with the ACCC. Whether your business is seeking legal advice to avoid breaching the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Australian Consumer Consumer Act 2010 (formerly the Trade Practices Act 1974) or whether it needs advice and assistance in dealing with a current ACCC investigation, TLC can help.

TLC has an unmatched record in assisting businesses avoid the negative consequences of an ACCC investigation – namely, adverse publicity and the imposition of formal sanctions at the conclusion of an ACCC investigation.

All but one of the business which TLC has represented in an ACCC investigation since 2008 has been able to avoid formal sanctions. In other words, all but one of the clients who retained TLC at the ACCC investigatory stage has been able to avoid either being taken to court by the ACCC or being required by the ACCC to enter into a court enforceable undertaking.