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One Essex Court

Competition/European Law

5 ranked barristersBand 3UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table
DEPARTMENT PROFILE

One Essex Court

Competition/European Law

5 ranked barristersBand 3UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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One Essex Court brings its members' formidable expertise in commercial litigation to bear on the largest competition litigation in the UK courts. The barristers represent defendants and claimants in follow-on damages cases, regulatory challenges and distribution disputes. The set is active before courts at all levels, from the CAT to the Supreme Court.

Client service:

"I admire One Essex and their straightforward and businesslike clerking." Darren Burrows is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Conall Patton QC
Approaches competition law from a general commercial disputes background and has a correspondingly heavy focus on competition damages claims. He receives superb praise from instructing solicitors and from members of the Bar for his written and oral advocacy in important claims.
"He has the flexibility, mental agility and the sheer brains to be able to turn his mind to anything." "He is super clever, approachable and just generally a huge asset to any team."
Recent work: Acted for BA in defence of a claim arising from the air freight cartel.

Strengths:

Derek Spitz
Advises claimants and defendants on private actions for competition law damages, particularly those arising from cartels. Spitz also assists clients with abuse of dominance cases. Spitz has recently acted on the claimant side of several high-value cartel damages cases against trucks manufacturers and financial services companies.
"He is very approachable and knowledgeable: he knows all of the issues fluently and is very easy to work with." "Derek is a very calm person who has a clarity of analysis which is valued."
Recent work: Acted for Sainsbury's in a Supreme Court appeal on follow-on claims relating to the interchange fees litigation.

Strengths:

Matthew Cook
Well known for his work defending key financial services clients in high-value commercial damages actions. He has experience of opposing collective proceedings order applications to the CAT and defending follow-on cases that are appealed up to the Supreme Court.
"Matthew is really good with clients, good with solicitors and other counsel, and doesn't waste time."
Recent work: Acted for Mastercard in a Supreme Court appeal following damages claims brought by supermarkets regarding the setting of rates for interchange fees.

Strengths:

Owain Draper
Has a wide-ranging competition law practice that spans standalone or follow-on litigation, the appeal of telecoms regulatory decisions and advice on merger control investigations.
"He's great at presenting a succinct argument and doing it efficiently."
Recent work: Acted for Phones 4U in a claim against EE, Vodafone and O2 arising from alleged cartel conduct which caused the claimant to cease trading and enter into administration in 2014.

Strengths:

Thomas Sharpe QC
Has a varied competition law practice, advising clients on cartel proceedings, abuse of dominance, state aid and merger clearance. He has a number of clients from the energy, telecommunications and utilities sectors. His broader competition law practice encompasses advice on behavioural and merger control investigations.
"His knowledge of regulatory matters and appeals has been invaluable." "He is very smart, and second to none in a regulated sector."

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UK

Competition Law


Derek Spitz
Band 2
Owain Draper
Band 3
UK

Competition Law


Conall Patton QC
New Silks
Matthew Cook QC
Band 2
Thomas Sharpe QC
Band 2