Lawyer Stephen Ridgeway has joined the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, replacing former commissioner Roger Featherston.
Ridgeway’s five-year term started in June but was confirmed this week, marking a return to the public sector after 20 years in private legal practice. Most recently he has been taking a break from work after stepping back from his role of the past six years as a partner of King & Wood Mallesons.
Prior to that, he was a partner at Blake Dawson, where he went to work as a senior associate in the later 1990s following 10 years with the Australian Government Solicitor.
He chaired the Law Council of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission in 2011 and 2012 and more recently was an executive member of the LCA’s business law section. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Hons).
“Mr Ridgeway’s appointment will further strengthen the ACCC’s capacity to promote competition and fair trade in markets for the benefit of consumers, businesses and the community,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a statement this week.
“The Government also wishes to thank Mr Roger Featherston for his significant contribution to the ACCC over the last five years.”
Featherston was reportedly described as a “godfather” of Australian consumer law in a recent farewell from ACCC chairman Rod Sims. Like Ridgeway, he also worked at King & Wood Mallesons before joining the commission, and had worked at the Attorney-General’s Department earlier in his career.