Mark Clough QC
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Litigation, public law and regulation, EU and competition team, Edinburgh and Brussels.
Partner in the litigation department, public law and regulation group and EU/competition team leader; main practice areas cover UK and EU competition law, including competition litigation before the UK and European courts, behavioural competition law and compliance, cartel investigations, dawn raids and leniency applications, abuse of dominance and merger control before the OFT and EU Commission, as well as state aid law; EU law and related sectoral regulation, including international trade, internal market and public procurement. Over 20 years' experience representing clients, both complainants and defendants, before the competition authorities; listed as a leader in the legal directories. Recent cases include appearing in appeals before Competition Appeal Tribunal against the OFT in a construction industry cover-pricing bid-rigging case and the construction employment agents cartel case; advising on follow-on damages claims in CAT and lead competition partner for Aventis in vitamins cartel damages cases before the CAT and High Court (the first cartel damages cases) and in Part 20 third-party competition damages claim; appearing for The HALO Trust in interlocutory public procurement proceedings against the Secretary of State for International Development in the High Court (TCC) and Sultan Properties against Rochdale MBC, as well as defending the Departments of Education and of Finance and Personnel of Northern Ireland in injunction proceedings against the award of framework agreements in Northern Ireland worth £650m and £850m respectively. In March 2012, European Commision ordered France to repay €650m of aid, the road transport former subsidiary of SHIF in a case where he represented the main complainant.
Called to the Bar, Gray's Inn; solicitor, England and Wales 1995; solicitor advocate, all courts 1996; QC 1999; partner Brodies 2011; Law Society of Scotland 2011; trustee Camden People's Theatre, CINI (UK) and Lord Slynn Foundation; publications include books on shipping and competition law, trade(WTO) and telecoms, EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy, EU merger control; editorial board 'European Competition Journal', 'International Trade Law and Regulation'.
Chairman Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates 2003-06); chair EU Committee, Law Society of England and Wales; IBA; ABA; UKAEL; CLA; EMLO Board; BIICL; ICC competition and trade committees.
Ampleforth College; St Andrews University (MA Joint Honours Greek/English); Inns of Court Law School (Bar Exams).
Travellers Club, theatre, poetry, golf, tennis, shooting, fishing.
Administrative and public law; EU and competition; Public international law