Rob joined the UNSW Business School as a lecturer in September 2015. His research interests encompass competition law and policy as well as the regulation of networked industries and the financial services sector.
He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation at UNSW Law. Before his appointment, Rob was a research fellow at the Centre for International Finance and Regulation where he is investigated the intersection of competition law and financial services regulation and at Swinburne University of Technology where he researched spectrum management policy. He is also a visiting fellow at UTS Sydney Law.
Rob has had a 30-year career concentrating on competition, regulation and governance, particularly in networked industries. His first degree was in electronics engineering and he has worked for major corporates, in turnarounds and start-ups. Before moving to academia, he worked for Webb Henderson, the ACCC and spent 12 years as a client-facing consultant at Gilbert + Tobin.
Rob is an accredited mediator and the Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator in a regime established to deal with wholesale disputes arising over both legacy services and migration to the national broadband network. He is also a member of the NBN arbitration pool.
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Following a court ruling about a negative Google review, there are a number of steps businesses take to handle negative Google reviews (and encourage positive reviews), according to UNSW Business School's Associate Professor Rob Nicholls
Rob Nicholls is a senior lecturer in the school of taxation and business law at UNSW Business School and a research fellow at the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation. He has recently been looking at disparities in the pricing of airfares. Nicholls spoke to Julian Lorkin for BusinessThink.