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Matthew Woodford

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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EU and competition team, commercial group.


Matthew is a Partner and is the Head of the EU and competition team.

He advises on both behavioural competition law and UK and multi-jurisdictional merger control. His behavioural work includes advising national and multi-national clients on pricing and distribution strategies and abuse of dominance issues. He advised the NFU on obtaining the second ever short-form opinion from the OFT in relation to rate recommendations for broadband wayleaves and has advised a number of motor vehicle manufacturers and other suppliers on the implementation of selective distribution systems. 

He has defended a number of clients in investigations by the OFT/CMA and the European Commission as well as making leniency and immunity applications and dealing with warning letters. His experience includes bringing a successful penalty appeal before the Competition Appeal Tribunal for a client against the OFT’s construction decision. This year, he has advised a client in relation to the CMA’s ongoing investigation into the musical instruments sector.

He also advises clients on developing and implementing tailored competition law compliance programmes including running training and workshop sessions for employees and putting in place internet based training modules. This year, he has provided compliance training to a number of well-known companies and organisations including Sims Group and the NFU.

Matthew joined Browne Jacobson in 2009 having previously worked in the EU/Competition Law Group of Eversheds LLP for 11 years.


Matthew trained at Eversheds LLP in Birmingham (1996-98) and remained with Eversheds as a qualified solicitor until 2009 when he moved to Browne Jacobson as a partner. His training included working in the firm’s Brussels office. Matthew qualified into the commercial department at Eversheds in 1998 as a competition law specialist. He was appointed as an associate in 2003 and as a senior associate in 2007.


French (semi-fluent).


Salesian College, Farnborough, 1983-90; University of Birmingham (1995 LLB Law with French (first)); Nottingham Law School (1996 Legal Practice Course (distinction)); Kings College, London (2002 Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law (distinction)).


Sport (in particular, running) and general socialising.

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Within: Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Browne Jacobson LLP 'has good industry knowledge and excellent experience and knowledge of clients’ businesses – the advice is always set out in ways that non-lawyer clients can understand’. Mike Jackson  advised the shareholders of Heads & All Threads on its sale to ParkOhio Holdings for £18m. Jackson also has experience in AIM capital markets work, advising Image Scan on placing another £525k. Other key figures in Birmingham include Kevin Jones, who advises local authority pension schemes on purchasing interests in investment funds; Michael Stace , who is ‘diligent, understands the issues and communicates well, so clients feel safe in his hands’; and Matthew Woodford, who has competition law expertise and handles a range of advisory matters, some of which for automotive sector clients, as well as merger control matters. Associate Ryan Harrison is a key contact in Birmingham for commercial contracts – he is ‘highly responsive, with a great knowledge of clients’ businesses and explains things articulately’. TCL Group is another client.

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