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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Paul Stone

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Healthcare, sport, technology, media and telecommunications; EU and competition law.


Paul advises on all aspects of EU and UK competition law. He regularly advises clients on matters such as cartels and other anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance issues, merger control rules and market investigations. He also advises on appeals against decisions by the competition authorities and other regulators. His experience covers a wide range of industry sectors, including technology, media, telecoms, sport, healthcare, retailing, rail and financial services. Prior to joining the firm, Paul worked in-house at ITV, where he was head of legal affairs, regulatory and competition. At ITV, Paul’s responsibility included advising all areas of the business on competition law and communications regulation, as well as having responsibility for all litigation matters across the ITV group. Paul has been involved in a number of recent high-profile cases in the communications sector in the UK, including BSkyB’s stake in ITV and various projects to deliver video-on-demand content through broadband. Experience: advising Celesio on its application for leniency and subsequent cartel investigation by the CMA into the supply of care home medicines; advising Gamma Telecom in relation to appeals to the Competition Appeal Tribunal; advising ITV in relation to the Competition Commission reference of its sale of Friends Reunited to Brightsolid; advising Nike in relation to competition law matters; advising YouView on the competition and regulatory aspects of the launch of its digital television platform.

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The 'excellent' team at¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†is jointly headed by¬†Paul Henty¬†and¬†Paul Stone¬†.¬†Henty has over 15 years‚Äô experience advising on cartel law, abuse of dominance, merger control and state aid, and recently advised on the merger control and antitrust due diligence aspects of Wisdom Tree Investments‚Äô acquisition of exchange-traded securities, funds and commodities provider ETFS. The ‚Äėefficient and effective‚Äô Stone acted for Gamma Communications in relation to the appeal to the CAT against Ofcom‚Äôs decision in the Business Connectivity Market Review 2016. Other recent significant EU and competition projects were handled for ITV, Ineos and the British Orthodontic Society.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The ‚Äėtop-quality‚Äô team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has a wide range of expertise spanning¬†advertising and marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, and film and TV. Commercial department head Jason Saiban¬†leads on marketing and advertising work and handles contentious and non-contentious instructions for media, retail and sports clients; and highlights include advising Wagamama on its media activities; and advising social and interactive media experts MBM on digital media agreements. Paul Stone¬†advises media sector clients on competition and regulatory issues and advises ITV, with senior counsel Mark Moncreiffe, on a range of corporate, commercial, dispute resolution and competition matters. Consultant media litigator Duncan Lamont¬†acted for various celebrity claimants in the group voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers regarding the unlawful gathering of private and confidential information through voicemail interception. NCSOFT, Nike, Westfield, Paddy Power and YouView are also clients. Mark Howard¬†and Mark Bailey¬†head the TMT sector group, which includes senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins, who handles commercial and IP instructions and is particularly active in the computer games and interactive media sectors. Jon Walters¬†has joined Northridge Law.

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