Lara started her career at the Constitutional Court of South Africa before completing her articles at Deneys Reitz Attorneys in 2009. In 2009 she was appointed as an Associate by Norton Rose South Africa. In 2011, she spent a year on secondment at Norton Rose LLP in London and was promoted to Director in Competition Law in the Norton Rose Johannesburg office in 2014. She joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Director in 2016.

  • Representing clients at dawn raids; the provision of dawn raid training and representing clients in Competition Commission processes arising out of dawn raids;
  • Provision of competition law advice and written opinions on issues including: the acquisition of control in proposed transactions; exclusivity; abuses of dominance; cartel conduct; supply relationships; the conducting of due diligences; information exchanges; joint ventures; trade associations; exclusionary conduct; pricing; etc.
  • Appearing before the Competition Tribunal in relation to large mergers.
  • The negotiation of conditions to the proposed transactions;
  • Dealing with complex employment and public interest-related concerns and competition law issues arising from the proposed transactions;
  • Notification of mergers to other African competition authorities, including COMESA; Kenya, Tanzania, and Botswana;
  • Notification of numerous mergers to the Competition Commission;
  • Advising on notifiability of transactions;
  • Merger work in a range of industries including: telecommunications; financial services; agricultural commodities; milling and crushing; motor; restaurant; cabling; property and others.Such work includes:
  • Extensive work in the mobile telecommunications sector, including:
  • Notification of mergers and acting for clients objecting to mergers in the sector;
  • Engaging in High Court litigation (from March 2014 – March 2015) in relation to ICASA’s call termination regulations;
  • Acting for clients in relation to complaints lodged at the Competition Commission;
  • Providing telecommunications regulatory advice and assisting in ICASA regulatory processes.  
  • Acting for clients in various Competition Tribunal processes including: large mergers hearings; applications for variation of Tribunal orders; consent order hearings; defending clients against referrals of complaints of anti-competitive conduct. Such work includes engaging with clients and counsel in preparing arguments; the drafting of pleadings; discovery and other document management; and engagements with attorneys for other parties involved in the litigation.
  • Advising a broadcaster on a range of competition and broadcasting regulatory issues, including writing submissions to ICASA on competition issues in the broadcasting industry and proposing regulatory steps. Providing advice on potential competition law bases of complaint in relation to High Court litigation against the National Broadcaster
  • Providing extensive competition law and regulatory advice to a piped-gas trader, including:
  • Settled a collusion complaint with the Competition Commission;
  • Applied for an exemption in terms of section 10 of the Competition Act, which also required extensive engagements and negotiations with the National Energy Regulator (NERSA);
  • Drafted numerous submissions to NERSA and the Department of Energy in relation to pricing policy and regulation in the piped-gas industry and the Gas Amendment Bill;
  • Represented the client in a mediation with its supplier;
  • Assisted client in negotiating a new commercial supply agreement.
  • Presenting competition law training sessions on topics including: dawn raids, cartel conduct, abuses of dominance, relationships between competitors, joint ventures, criminal liability and other general competition law compliance topics;
  • Conducting of competition law compliance audits and due diligences.
  • Successfully defended 13 ‘appointed distributors’ of SAB at the Competition Tribunal and Competition Appeal Court).
  • Successfully represented a plastic pipe manufacturer in proceedings before the Competition Tribunal in relation to allegations of collusion. One of the few cartel cases heard before the Tribunal in which the case against the respondent was ultimately dismissed by the Competition Tribunal.
  • Pro-bono work – Secured final urgent interdict from Kimberley High Court for the protection of the Canteen Kopje heritage site against illegal alluvial diamond mining. This has been followed up with a review application against the decisions of the Department of Mineral Resources and the South African Heritage Agency for decisions in relation to the proposed mining activities. Acted for refugees at the Refugee Appeal Board. Assisted clients to apply for maintenance orders. Assisted clients to apply for domestic violence protection orders. Taught school children about constitutional rights at Constitution Hill Education Project.
  • Participation in activities and meetings of the Competition Law Sub-committee of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces, including: collating submissions on public interest guidelines; assisting in preparing for engagements with the Commission in relation to employment effects of mergers; and sitting on the panel of the sub-committee’s writing competition.  

 Publications

  • Published numerous articles on competition law in newspapers, websites, and trade publications. Engagements with journalists on recent competition law developments and the provision of quotes for Business Day, Business Report and Global Competition Review.
  • Article in the African Journal of Information and Communication on The impact of regulation on competition in telecommunications and piped gas.
  • Co-authored the South African chapter (together with Judge Dennis Davis, president of the Competition Appeal Court) of E Fox & M Trebilcock eds, The Design of Competition Law Institutions: Global Norms, Local Choices (OUP, 2013), a book evaluating the application of due process norms in the enforcement of competition law in different jurisdictions. This study forms part of an NYU project on ‘Global Administrative Law’.
  • Co-authored, with Heather Irvine, South African contributions to the Antitrust Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) “Year in Review” each year from 2012 – 2015.
  • Co-authored , with Tanya Haskins, the South African chapter for the ABA's 2011 “Essentials of Merger Review” resource, October 2011 by the Antitrust Law Committee of the ABA.
  • Edited the Norton Rose Competition Team’s bimonthly competition law update newsletter from 2009-2011.
  • International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000 - 2011 Edition mentions Lara as a ‘great competition lawyer'.
  • Who's Who Legal has named Lara Granville as one of world’s leading Competition – Future Leaders lawyers for 2017.

Education

  • BA, University of Witwatersrand
  • LLB, University of Witwatersrand
  • LLM, New York University
  • Certificate in Telecommunications Law, University of Witwatersrand
  • Certificate in Advanced Administrative Law (with distinction), University of Witwatersrand

Memberships

  • Law Society of the Northern Provinces