Almost all business is affected by regulations emanating directly from Brussels, or indirectly through national regulations conforming to an EU Directive. As a business, you may have prior warning of pending regulatory changes, through trade associations or technical fora. But keeping pace in the rapidly changing regulatory landscape, recognising strategic threats and capitalising on potential opportunities requires persistence, expertise and creativity. That's where we can help.

The European Commission is now the lead regulator in a number of fields, including chemicals, transport, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics and food products, toys and consumer product safety in general, as well as with respect to energy and climate change. As regulatory changes come into effect, you need to respond, to adapt, to comply or to challenge, to protect your business and products.

When it comes to dealing with regulators, we can both challenge on your behalf and defend you in your dealings with them. We have successfully challenged regulations across Europe, and we empower our clients to manage change whilst at the same time using regulatory insights to secure competitive advantage.

Our team of EU regulatory specialists includes legal and technical experts who provide practical advice on current, pending and proposed regulatory issues in areas including: chemicals, energy, product safety, financial services, food and food packaging, environment, telecoms, pesticides, biocides, airlines, maritime and life sciences.


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  • Successfully challenged government and EU decisions through judicial review in EU and national courts.
  • Advised clients on the full range of regulatory issues, particularly in heavily regulated markets including pharmaceuticals, biocides, chemicals, energy, electronic equipment and communications, and financial services, as well as on general product safety matters.
  • Advised gas and electricity producers and suppliers and interconnectors on the regulation by the Third Energy Package, the Commission’s energy exemption process and the regulation of renewables.
  • Assisted several European energy providers in obtaining authorisations, contracts (access, connections agreements, general terms) to operate in the UK and Belgian market.
  • Advised and represented mobile phone operators in proceedings in the Constitutional Court including a preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the EU against the legal measures imposing the payment of fees for the renewal of the “2G/GSM” license and the amendments to fees for 3G and 4G licenses.

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