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DWF’s practice is led by state aid and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) expert Jonathan Branton, who splits his time between the firm’s offices in Manchester, Leeds and Brussels. The group is also able to draw on the expertise of Brussels-based Brona Heenan, and senior associate Jay Mehta, who focuses on state aid matters, and local government specialist Michael Mousdale, who is a key name for public procurement matters; Mehta and Mousdale and based in Manchester. The team advised Dransfield Properties and its subsidiary Stocksbridge on two major development projects in South Yorkshire, involving ERDF funding and alleged irregularities arising from audits conducted in 2014 by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and 2015 from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The team successfully defended the allegations of infringement of state aid rules and a court challenge against DCLG for non-payment of the grant was initiated. Other highlights include assisting Birmingham City Council with the administration of a £300m AMSCI fund for supporting supply chain manufacturing and engineering companies across England, and providing state aid advice to Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool on various funding applications, including a University Enterprise Zone grant concerning a new £15m facility that will house hi-tech sensor technology businesses.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s team is, arguably, ‘one of the few firms in Northern England with the scale needed to respond to investigations’. Practice head Adam Collinson represents clients before the competition authorities at a domestic and EU level, and Kate Newmanis very thorough in her approach and a pleasure to work with’. The team is best known for its strength in merger clearances, investigations including abuse of dominance, cartel cases, and dawn raids. It acts for clients from sectors including energy, water, food, retail, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, among others. Recent highlights include delivering competition compliance training to Coventry-based Celesio’s board and implementing a dawn raid support network, which included training the business’ key stakeholders. The team also implemented a global competition law e-learning programme for US-based Fortune 500 Company PPG Industries.

Walker Morris LLP has ‘one of the leading regional competition practices’. The ‘well-known and highly regardedTrudy Feaster-Gee and Jeremy Scholes jointly head the practice. Shaukat Ali, who has extensive experience in merger control, cartels and matters pertaining to abuse of dominance, ‘is an excellent competition lawyer and is extremely knowledgeable’. Senior associate Richard Jaques focuses on resale price maintenance and restrictive agreement issues. Recent highlights include advising a crane hire company on merger control issues regarding the acquisition of numerous cranes from a construction group, assisting a US corporation with potential competition issues arising from an international joint venture arrangement, and advising a multinational corporation on EU block exemption regimes. Following its appointment to the UK panel of a US-headquartered multinational conglomerate, the team advised on the merger control aspects of the sale of one of its subsidiaries. Senior associate Richard Butterworth, who joined from the Competition and Markets Authority in January 2017, has experience in high-profile investigations concerning abuse of dominance. Kate Webster, who joined in May 2016 from an in-house position, is an expert on EU procurement rules.

Addleshaw Goddard’s advice is ‘excellent value for money’. The practice has significant expertise in high-profile merger control matters, competition litigation, antitrust inquiries, market investigations and state aid proceedings, and advises clients from the financial services, retail, public and regulated utility sectors. London-based Bruce Kilpatrick is the national group head and is supported by Rona Bar-Isaac and Mark Molyneaux. Leeds-based associate Clare Walker ‘is very efficient and responsive, has excellent project management skills and provides commercially sound and practical advice’. The team recently advised Andrew Page on the merger control aspects of the sale of the majority of its car parts business to LKQ, and acted for Manchester Airports Group in a price fixing arrangement investigation conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority, which included a leniency application against a £12.5m proposed fine.

Harrogate-based McCormicks’ practice is led by Peter McCormick and includes Philip Edmondson, who recently made partner, and newly promoted senior associate Kayleigh Fantoni. Edmondson handles contentious and non-contentious matters; he recently handled several matters for the Premier League, including defending the client in a high-profile arbitration brought by Leyton Orient concerning West Ham United’s move to the Olympic Stadium, which alleged that the move was in breach of competition law, the claim was eventually withdrawn. Fantoni is handling several matters for the same client, including advising on a complaint lodged with the European Commission by FIFPro, which alleges that aspects of the operation of the transfer market are anti-competitive and in breach of EU law.

Ward Hadaway’s Andrew Finfer expertise in the competition space spans cartels and anti-competitive arrangements, abuse of dominance, UK and EU merger control issues, state aid and public procurement matters. The team assisted North East Finance with the establishment of the North East Jeremie fund, an EU initiative, which included advising on constitutional, state aid, procurement, and corporate governance matters and EU regulatory compliance. Newcastle-based commercial head Colin Hewitt led the matter with involvement from Dean Murray, who joined the Newcastle office in April 2016 from Square One Law, and also advises Leeds and Manchester-based clients.

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