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EU & Competition Law

Competition law has an extensive impact on business. Failure to comply can have serious consequences, including fines of up to 10% of global, group turnover, lawsuits and the invalidity of commercial agreements. We can work with you in order to ensure that your company is fully compliant and avoids sanction.

The law also offers important protections from anti-competitive behaviour. These include not only the right to file complaints with regulators, but also the ability to seek direct relief from the Courts.

We advise on all areas of EU and UK competition law, including:

  • cartels and investigations
  • abuse of dominant position
  • merger control and joint ventures
  • market studies and investigations
  • competition litigation and private damages actions
  • appeals against decisions by the competition authorities and other regulators
  • commercial agreements and collaborations
  • competition and intellectual property issues
  • competition compliance programs
  • dawn raids
  • state aid.

Public procurement law

Public procurement law requires purchases of works, supplies and services of a significant value by public bodies and utilities companies to be put out to a fair and transparent competitive tender. 

We frequently challenge flawed tendering processes on behalf of suppliers, overturning defective award and exclusion decisions.  For regulated purchasers, our expert knowledge of procurement law assists clients in achieving their buying objectives quickly, easily and without challenge.

We advise on the EU Public Sector and Utilities Directives and also on tenders governed by specialist procurement rules, such as the EU Finance Regulation and Implementing Rules (including Europe aid projects).

Trade, customs, sanctions and other EU law areas

We regularly advise on how to comply with and solve problems presented by other EU law and regulations such as:

  • rules on trade between member states and on imports from outside of the EU;
  • EU sanctions and restrictive measures; and
  • customs regulations, and rules on free movement of goods, services, people and capital around the EU.

These issues can arise, for example, when launching new products or entering the market in other EU member states.


CMA investigation into the supply of healthcare products

Advising a life sciences company in relation to the CMA’s investigation into the supply of healthcare products.

OFT investigation in the construction industry

Acting for a building company accused of infringing Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 in the OFT’s investigation into alleged collusive practices in the construction industry.

Abuse of dominant position

Advising a pharmaceutical company in relation to an alleged refusal to supply medicinal products.

Abuse of dominant position

Acting for a substantial software provider in its complaint of an abuse of dominance by a licensor of input intellectual property.

Merger control advice

Advising a major software provider on the application of UK merger control law to a series of acquisitions in domestic market.

Merger control advice

Advising a major UK broadcaster in relation to an in depth (Phase II) investigation of its disposal of an online social media business.

Competition compliance

Advising a major international sports brand on competition law compliance matters.

Prosecution of procurement claim

Leading a successful high value claim by a private equity backed company against an unlawful procurement award decision, which led to an acceptance of infringement by the contracting authority.