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Anthony Woolich

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Competition and regulatory.


Partner specialising in EU and UK and competition law, multi-jurisdictional merger control, general EU law, trade sanctions and export controls, public procurement, anti-bribery and corruption, state aid, commercial contracts, joint ventures, data protection/privacy, communications, e-commerce, intellectual property and information technology. Head of competition and regulatory group.


Trained Theodore Goddard; qualified 1987; solicitor Theodore Goaddard 1987-90; Slaughter and May 1990-94; Lawrence Graham 1994-96; partner Lawrence Graham 1996-2009; partner Holman Fenwick Willan 2009 to date. Publications of note: Many publications on competition law, trade sanctions, anti-bribery and data protection, including ‚ÄėInternational anti-corruption laws, principles and compliance‚Äô, Mining Journal, October 2014, Agreements with competitors‚Äô (March 2011); ‚ÄėMarine Insurance‚Äô (February 2011}; ‚ÄėBribery Act 2010‚Äô (October 2010); ‚ÄėThe failing firm defence‚Äô (July 2010); ‚ÄėA competition analysis of shipping pools‚Äô (March 2010); ‚ÄėAgency agreements update‚Äô (March 2010); chapter on Competition and Regulatory in ‚ÄėShipping Law Review‚Äô (2015); chapter on EU competition law in ‚ÄėJoint Ventures in Europe‚Äô, Tottel, 3rd ed, 2008); ‚ÄėThe Microsoft case and other developments in EU Competition Law‚Äô (April 2008); ‚ÄėThe Roanne Case and Other Developments in Public Procurement‚Äô (December 2007); ‚ÄėDevelopments in State aid and public procurement‚Äô (May 2007); ‚ÄėRegulatory Issues in Fixed-Mobile Convergence‚Äô (September 2005); ‚ÄėUS and EU Antitrust Merger Review‚Äô (April 2002); ‚ÄėCommunications Policy in the US and EU‚Äô (October 1999); ‚ÄėPublic or private Registered social landlords and the EC procurement rules‚Äô (2003) JHL 45 (joint); ‚ÄėPublic procurement and Brown Field Sites‚Äô UKCS Dimensions (1998) OGLTR (joint).


French, Italian.


Steering Committee of Procurement Lawyers Association; Law Society’s Competition Section; Competition Law Association; City of London Solicitors’ Company and its Commercial Law Sub-Committee; British Institute of International and Comparative law.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

HFW is noted for its strengths in high-risk, long-term supply, distribution and joint venture agreements; the work in this space spans sectors such as aviation, heavy industry and engineering, transport and logistics, energy and insurance. The firm is also highly active in the ports and terminals sector, and is at the forefront of the advice to clients on large port projects. Legal director Catherine Emsellem-Rope (whose areas of expertise include energy, logistics, and ports and terminals) has particular experience of drafting and negotiating high-value frame agreements for transportation and warehousing services. The firm also generates work from clients in other sectors and is particularly sought-after for advice on commercial contracts with a cross-border component. Matthew Gore, Rope and others assist Marks & Spencer with formalising contractual relationships with its UK and international supply chain service providers, as well as fine tuning existing template contracts to ensure continuity in the supply of goods. Anthony Woolich, who heads up the technology and communications team, is knowledgeable about software and outsourcing agreements, public procurement, data protection and intellectual property. Senior associate William MacLachlan is a shipping sector expert, and is knowledgeable about shipbuilding contracts, ship repair contracts, and ship sales and purchases. Practice head Alistair Mackie, Craig Neame, Elinor Dautlich and Alistair Feeney are other recommended individuals in the group.

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EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Anthony Woolich¬†(who is noted for his ‚Äėkeen analytical mind‚Äô and ‚Äėgood grasp of the commercial impact‚Äô) heads the ‚Äėprofessional‚Äô, ‚Äėresponsive‚Äô, and ‚Äėclient-focused‚Äô team at¬†HFW,¬†¬†which includes¬†Costas Frangeskides¬†and¬†Daniel Martin¬†,¬†and whose sector expertise includes shipping, aviation, logistics, energy and TMT. Woolich acted for BW LPG in the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Aurora LPG, while Frangeskides is currently representing the Republic of Cyprus in high profile proceedings before the European Court of Justice concerning the potential free trade agreement between Singapore and the EU. The firm also counts Maersk Group, BP, Morgan Stanely, ad Ecom Agroindustrial Corporation among its clients.

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London: Transport


Within: Travel

HFW¬†‚Äôs ‚Äėquality‚Äô multidisciplinary department regularly acts for airlines, cruise lines, ferry companies, hotel companies, package holiday companies, ports and terminals operators, insurers, financiers and travel industry bodies; it particularly stands out for its regulatory and commercial expertise in the aviation and cruise sectors. Virgin Atlantic, Oman Air, Air New Zealand, Gulf Air, Qantas, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Thomas Cook Airlines, Singapore Airlines, US Airways Club M√©diterran√©e (UK) and Meyer Werft are clients; ¬†and the team acts for numerous airlines on flight delay and cancellation claims. Anthony Woolich¬†regularly handles regulatory, IP and data handling issues; Giles Kavanagh¬†is noted for regulatory disputes and leads the firm‚Äôs global aerospace team; and consultant Sue Barham¬†is an aviation regulatory expert. Senior associates Claire Womersley; William MacLachlan, who handles transactional matters and is experienced in the cruise sector; and Gudmund Bernitz, who handles finance matters, are also recommended. Elinor Dautlich¬†and Zohar Zik¬†head the cruise, travel and leisure team. Christopher Smith¬†¬†has joined¬†The Air Law Firm LLP¬† and¬†Rory Gogarty has retired.

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