Competition law in Europe is catching up with the US in terms of its prominence on the legal landscape. Competition authorities are actively fostering private damages actions in relation to anti-competitive behaviour, and there are a number of routes through which claims can be pursued. In some countries, such as the UK, the risks of competition litigation have been low priority for companies, but this is changing. Assessing those risks is becoming a key part of any corporate risk management strategy.
Our experienced team of EU lawyers can help you devise strategies for dealing with all aspects of competition litigation and regulatory advocacy, including investigations launched by national authorities, the European Commission, or private actions for competition law infringements and appeals of decisions by competition authorities and sector regulators.
We can provide assistance in relation to cases brought nationally to courts and tribunals anywhere in Europe, and at European level, to the European Court of Justice and the General Court.
We have experienced professionals in all our offices who can provide competition and regulatory advice on damages claims, contribution actions, forum and jurisdiction challenges, carve-outs of individuals, multi-jurisdictional issues and appeals.
We provide the full range of competition and regulatory support to clients across sectors including technology, telecoms, life sciences, energy, transportation and the public sector. We are best known for our expertise in helping clients to manage their competition law risks, handling raids and investigations, and cartel and dominance cases.
We are highly experienced at advising on the application of the competition rules in the context of public services and on public procurement, an area in which we are ranked number 1 in the UK by the Chambers 2013 Legal Directory.
Notable deals / highlights
- A US-based organisation consulted a number of law firms regarding its EU distribution agreements. We were able to design and implement a solution for the client that no other firm had considered. The CEO told us that we had outperformed all other firms in terms of listening to his commercial goals and working with him to develop an innovative solution that was lawful and effective.
- The workshops we run on competition compliance were described by the General Counsel of a major PLC as "the first such law firm event I have been to that has actually been of practical value".
- We are long-standing advisers to Orange on competition law matters. We advised the company on its participation in a number of appeals before the Competition Appeal Tribunal in connection with cost of calling mobile phones. We successfully defended Orange against allegations by the mobile operator, 3, that it – together with Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile – had been colluding in order to restrict the growth of 3’s customer base.
- Advised the Solicitors Regulation Authority on developing their licensing rules and associated regulatory rules and procedures under the Legal Services Act. Our work included implementing the legislation to introduce ABS, namely the revision of the existing Code of Conduct and suite of rules and regulations to address effectively the regulatory challenges posed by ABS.