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Herbert Smith Freehills

Competition Law

3 ranked lawyersBand 2UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table
DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Herbert Smith Freehills

Competition Law

3 ranked lawyersBand 2UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Highly regarded competition litigation practice that represents defendants both in cartel damages follow-on actions and in standalone claims. Advises on CJEU appeals of EC decisions and intervenes on behalf of major media companies in UK judicial review proceedings. Benefits from longstanding relationships with clients in the telecoms and aviation sectors, which often seek advice on the competition law aspects of commercial agreements or corporate transactions. Advises on price control reviews carried out by UK sector regulators. Demonstrates further experience in high-value mergers that are subject to public interest interventions from the UK government.

Strengths

Clients emphasise that "the team are very knowledgeable in both EU and UK law, helping us clarify issues we are dealing with."

Work highlights

Advised Bauer Media in relation to CMA inquiries into its acquisitions of several regional radio stations.

Notable practitioners

The "very impressive" Kim Dietzel is heavily involved in market-leading litigation, representing clients in claims relating to the trucks cartel decision. She also advises on investigations by competition authorities, as well as market studies.

Stephen Wisking has an impressive practice representing clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises on abuse of dominance investigations, market studies and cross-border M&A transactions. Clients say: "You can send him a complex economic report and he'll very quickly home in on the key points in the argument. He's very impressive in terms of his economic literacy."

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UK

Competition Law


Stephen Wisking
Band 2

Competition Law: Litigation


Kim Dietzel
Band 1
Stephen Wisking
Band 2