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Sir Christopher Bellamy QC is the Chairman of the Linklaters Global competition practice. Sir Christopher set up what is now the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and held the post of president from 1999 to 2007. The CAT hears appeals from regulatory decisions by the OFT and other regulators under the Competition Act 1998 and Articles 101 and 102 of the EU Treaty, appeals under the Communications Act 2003, reviews in relation to merger and market investigations under the Enterprise Act 2002, and certain damages actions. As president, he was responsible for case management, interlocutory and interim applications, chairing the main hearings and preparing and delivering the judgments.

Prior to joining the CAT, from 1992 to 1999 Sir Christopher was one of 15 judges of the Court of First Instance (CFI), now the General Court of the EU. He was president of a five-judge chamber from 1996 to 1999. Cases where he participated covered a wide range of EU law including: anti-dumping; competition; freedom of information; free movement of goods; international law; pharmaceutical regulation; trademarks; and state aid.

Before becoming a judge at the CFI, Sir Christopher was one of the leading QCs at the competition and EU law Bar in London.


Barrister, Monckton Chambers, Gray’s Inn 1970-92; Queen’s Counsel 1986; judge, Court of First Instance 1992-99; president, Competition Appeal Tribunal 1999-2007; senior consultant, Linklaters 2007 to date; chairman, Linklaters Global Competition Practice 2011 to date.


English, French


Queen’s Counsel, Bar of England and Wales


Council of Legal Education
Brasenose College, Oxford

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Sir Christopher Bellamy QC - Linklaters LLP

Within: EU and competition

The ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô team at¬†Linklaters LLP¬†¬†is noted for its ‚Äėquick, thoughtful, friendly and commercial‚Äô approach, with a special focus on the financial services, mining, energy and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, retail and oil and gas sectors. ‚ÄėExcellent‚Äô practice head¬†Nicole Kar¬†‚Äėis laser-focused on what the client wants and what needs to be done to get that‚Äô. Kar and¬†Simon Pritchard¬†advised Amec Foster Wheeler on its ¬£2.2bn takeover by John Wood Group, which involved the use of a novel ‚Äėtwin-track‚Äô approach which allowed for Phase 1 clearance to be obtained swiftly and avoided the need for a Phase 2 investigation. Another highlight saw¬†Christian Ahlborn¬†advising Unilever on an investigation by the CMA into alleged abuse of dominance in the supply of single-wrapped impulse ice cream. Ahlborn is recommended for his ‚Äėdeep understanding of the law and a mastery of economics that enables him to get to the bottom of the most complex competition problem‚Äô.¬†Natura Gracia¬†is noted for her ‚Äėpractical approach‚Äô, and managing associate¬†Anna Mitchell¬†is ‚Äėinsightful, hardworking, and a pleasure to work with‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs global chairman¬†Sir Christopher Bellamy¬†is noted for his advice on multi-jurisdictional cases, having previously been president of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). The team saw the departures of Michael Cutting¬†Paula Riedel¬†to join the CAT and¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†respectively.

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London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

The 'superb' competition litigation team at Linklaters LLP is 'at the heart of interchange litigation' and particularly excels in its work for defendants. Following the retirement of Michael Sanders in April 2017, the team is led by the firm's 'leading competition litigator', Tom Cassels. The group also greatly benefits from the 'greatest competition law mind in the solicitors field', Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, who is a former European Commission judge and president of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Highlights included acting for Hutchison 3G UK as an interested party in judicial review proceedings commenced by the client against Ofcom, Vodafone, O2 and BT with respect to Ofcom's decision to impose competition measures in the Public Sector Spectrum Release auction process. In another stand-out matter, the group is representing Visa Europe and Visa UK in multiple claims brought by various retailers concerning interchange fees. 'Good at coordinating across multiple jurisdictions', Counsel Elizabeth Jordan, who is handling a number of the firm's major cases, is 'bound for greatness', according to one client.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Linklaters LLP operates across practice areas and jurisdictions to assist clients with navigating Brexit-related challenges and opportunities. In the financial services sector, the firm's depth and breadth of expertise puts it on a strong footing to advise a wide range of financial institutions on the impact of Brexit on corporate structures, reorganisation/restructuring options, financial regulatory issues (such as passporting and equivalence), jurisdiction analysis (for relocation/setting up) and employee-related issues, among others. Michael Kent, Peter Bevan and Harry Eddis are among the practitioners to note in this space. The firm also engages extensively with UK and EU trade bodies, as well as regulators; Deepak Sitlani and Mark Brown have spoken on a number of occasions at ISDA conferences. Aside from financial services, the firm advises clients from various other industries on the implications of Brexit, including retail, energy and automotive. Christopher Bellamy QC and Lucy Fergusson jointly lead the group, which also includes Nicole Kar, Charlotte Morgan and Matthew Weiniger QC.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Linklaters LLP's practice is divided into competition, corporate and TMT-related work, with Aisling Zarraga and Marly Didizian at the fore. Zarraga heads the corporate team and other key members include James Inglis and Matthew Bland. Didizian works at the helm of the TMT team with other notable names such as Ian Karet, Nigel Jones and Yohan Liyanage. Liyanage defended Regeneron and Sanofi in an appeal regarding the sale of the cholesterol drug Praluent due to patent infringement. Karet is acting for Merck & Co in its trade mark dispute with Merck KGaA regarding the Merck name. Key members of the competition team include Nicole Kar and Sir Christopher Bellamy.

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