Highly reputed for its handling of diverse matters before UK competition law and sector regulators. Advises on CMA, FCA or Ofgem investigations into pharmaceutical, financial services and energy sector clients. Handles high-profile CAT or CJEU appeals against findings of abuse of dominance in the postal and computer hardware markets. Acts on EU or UK merger filings on behalf of merging parties or on behalf of third-party interveners. Proven capacity to coordinate with Ashurst teams spread across Europe and with external lawyers in other key jurisdictions to advise either on global merger notifications or on investigations carried out by various national competition authorities.
Clients praise the team for being "brilliant, on time, extremely helpful and clever."
Another singles out the team's "ability and willingness to provide strategic-level advice," adding that "they are always prepared to go one step beyond what you are expecting."
Assisted Intel with remittal proceedings relating to the successful appeal to the ECJ against the EU General Court's decision of abuse of dominance in the supply of microchips.
Duncan Liddell is "fantastic," according to clients, who particularly highlight that his "advice is clear and firm" and that "his written work is fantastic." He has a prominent practice assisting clients with market investigations and merger filings, as well as acting for clients on appeals before regulators.
Euan Burrows offers clients "a vast array of knowledge" and is "quick to identify key issues and articulate them appropriately for various given audiences." He has a broad-ranging practice, advising on contentious matters including competition damages claims, as well as representing clients in market investigations and reviews by domestic and European regulators.
Nigel Parr is described by one client as "the best competition lawyer in Europe," and by another as someone who "knows competition law like the back of his hand, is very personable and has built up a great team." He acts on a broad scope of competition matters, representing clients in market investigations conducted by the CMA and other domestic regulators, as well as advising on appeals against regulatory decisions.