Competition/European Law - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Heavyweight expertise at the forefront of the competition market with an unrivalled bench strength. Talented in all areas of competition law and involved in the most sophisticated and complex market investigations and damages actions. Frequently advises on large mergers with a significant impact on the industry sectors involved.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They are so impressive in this space. Their strength, breadth and depth and just the sheer number of high level, elite and quality advocates that they have makes them stand out as leaders."
Strategic planning: "They have the ability to sift through data then take a step back and come up with a strategic view in a very short space of time. They are meticulous in dealing with a topic and leave no stone unturned."
Work highlights Advised Pearson on an agreement with Bertelsmann to create the world's leading consumer publishing organisation by combining two leading publishers, Random House and Penguin.
Advised InterContinental Hotels Group on the OFT investigation into alleged breaches of competition law occurring in the supply of room-only hotel accommodation by online companies.
Represented Deloitte in the Competition Commission investigation into the supply of statutory audit services.
Jon Lawrence is singled out as "a star individual" and "an excellent and very experienced litigator." He is specifically adept at defending a swathe of clients in follow on-damages claims, including representing ABB in a high-profile claim made by National Grid.
Sources say Deirdre Trapp is "head and shoulders above the competition." Viewed as "intellectual, very impressive and someone who works hard to get results," she typically handles complex market investigations on behalf of major clients.
David Aitman is seen as an expert in European competition work and is well respected by peers. He has experience of working with companies from the highly regulated water and energy industries.
Highly driven Rod Carlton is viewed by clients as "an energetic and dynamic partner" who "is acutely commercially sensitive, has great judgement and is an outstanding strategist." His track record includes securing unconditional clearance for high-profile mergers.
Paul Lomas is often seen leading the litigious aspects of the group's most complex competition cases. His background in general commercial dispute resolution is seen as a useful asset in defending action by the regulators and competitors.
With a vast amount of experience to his name, John Davies demonstrates a deep understanding of the field. He is viewed as a key contact by the group's clients and splits his practice between London and Brussels.
Simon Priddis is accomplished at managing the needs of his clients and has a strong understanding of the regulator's mindset. He has considerable experience of complex competition issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions.
Dispute resolution partner Bea Tormey is experienced in representing clients before major domestic regulatory bodies as well as the European competition authorities. She is currently involved in investigations into the rigging of the Libor rate.
James Aitken counts several major multinational corporations amongst his competition clients. He recently acted on a complex merger in the highly regulated water industry.
Nicholas French is commended by sources who say "his organisational skills are excellent and his analytical skills are exceptional," alongside which "he is very strategic and knows what is best to protect the business." He is experienced in all areas of competition law, with particular expertise in advising Chinese companies on doing business in Europe.
Peers credit Mark Sansom with the ability to become one of the leading names in the competition field. Sources say "he has the judgement, common sense and communication skills, and combines them with flair." He has recent experience of advising clients on complex merger cases.
Emerging talent Alastair Chapman has had a great year in the competition arena. He was lead partner to Pearson in negotiating its joint venture with Bertelsmann.
Alexander Potter is described as a "very impressive lawyer who can get a deal through the process very quickly." He is particularly strong in merger clearance work and has in-depth experience of Chinese competition law.
Significant clients BP, Tesco, Anheuser-Busch InBev, BHP Billiton, BG Group.