International Trade - Europe-wide
What the team is known for Excellent trade remedies practice, able to draw on the wider resources offered by the firm's global network. Sources are also impressed by the firm's expertise in export control and sanctions issues. Other strengths include bilateral negotiations and trade-related disputes.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's very dedicated and offers strong legal arguments around anti-dumping."
Work highlights Successfully acted for Zhejiang Aokang Shoes in an ECJ appeal over anti-dumping duties imposed on footwear imported from China and Vietnam. The ECJ ruled in favour of Steptoe's client, ordering the EU Council to pay Aokang's litigation costs.
The "consistent and very devoted" James Searles in Brussels as a stalwart of the trade arena. His workload of late has featured various mandates for Asia-Pacific clients seeking advice on market access or EU trade remedies proceedings.
Significant clients Kito Ceramics, European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association.