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Laura Claydon leads Burges Salmon LLP’s practice, which acted for FirstGroup on the merger control aspects of its bid for the TransPennine Express franchise including pre-notification negotiation with the Competition and Markets Authority.

At Maitland Walker LLP, name partner Julian Maitland-Walker is highly regarded for his knowledge of contentious and non-contentious matters and for his particular expertise in damages claims, IP disputes and issues relating to free movement in the field of pharmaceuticals. Recent highlights include assisting a US client with a tender concerning the procurement for a major waste recycling plant, and acting for the claimant in Eventech v Transport for London, which involved the application of EU rules on the freedom to provide services, equal treatment and state aid to TfL’s discriminatory bus lane policy.

Osborne Clarke’s practice was bolstered by the arrival of cartels and state aid specialist Marc Shrimpling from Foot Anstey in November 2015. The team has significant experience in merger control, and an established reputation advising on competition issues arising from distribution agreements. Clients include TalkTalk, Dell and Dyson. Also recommended are Simon Neill (who stands out for his ‘pragmatic and client-friendly approach’) and Catherine Wolfenden.

TLT’s team, led by Miles Trower, is praised for its ‘in-depth understanding of competition law’. In a recent highlight, Trower acted for the National Franchised Dealers Association before the European Commission in connection with the CARS 2020 and GEAR 2030 projects, which involve proposed industry codes of conduct and initiatives to promoted competitiveness in the automotive industry. Bill Hull (who is singled out for his ‘ability to capture the essence of the client’s aspirations’) advised Energy Saving Trust on state aid issues in relation to the Local Energy Challenge Fund.

Elizabeth Gibson at Ashfords LLP is ‘a first-class legal leader in procurement’. Highlights for the practice included advising a number of local councils on state aid compliance and structuring transactions, and acting for Herefordshire Council and Gloucestershire County Council on the Fastershire programme.

Michelmores LLP’s client roster includes public sector organisations, central and local government bodies, and educational institutions. Jason Phelps is ‘excellent’ and ‘knows how to explain complex competition law issues in a practical and easy-to-understand way’.

Foot Anstey has particular expertise in EU state aid law. James Falle heads the team, which was joined in November 2015 by ‘knowledgeable’ senior associate Nicola Kingaby from an in-house role. Marc Shrimpling joined Osborne Clarke.

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