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Brodies LLP assists public and private sector clients with a wide ambit of public law, regulatory and competition law questions. Charles Livingstone has expertise in antitrust compliance and enforcement, merger control and state aid, among other areas. In addition to handling transactional antitrust matters, Rod Lambert has a wealth of experience of cartel investigations, dawn raids and antitrust litigation. Lambert also co-heads the firm's multidisciplinary Brexit advisory group with Christine O'Neill, which advises clients from a wide range of sectors on the implications of the UK's departure from the European Union, including the future UK-EU relationship. Roger Cotton leads the public procurement team and is also a state aid expert. Livingstone, O'Neill and others recently represented the Scottish Whisky Association, spiritsEUROPE and CEEV in a challenge to the Scottish government's Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 . In another highlight, Livingstone acted for Scottish Care in the CMA's UK-wide study of the care homes market.

Dentons advises clients on the full spectrum of UK and EU contentious and non-contentious competition law issues. Led by Michael Dean, the team handles matters centred on merger control, state aid, procurement, market investigations and cartel proceedings, among other areas. Senior associate Melanie Martin primarily handles non-contentious competition law matters for clients from a wide range of sectors, with a particular specialism in the financial services industry. Another senior associate Jennifer Marshall is experienced in follow-on damages litigation. Catriona Munro, Dean and Martin assisted Aberdeen Asset Management with the merger control aspects of its merger with Standard Life Plc. Munro is also part of a team which is defending Highlands and Islands Enterprise (both before the European Commission and the Scottish courts) against allegations that it unlawfully provided state aid. In addition to handling competition law concerns, the team has expertise in European law and regulatory matters (particularly in the energy and water sectors), and in export controls, trade law and bribery law. Directors David McGowan and Carolyn Burns are recommended.

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a first-rate reputation in the utilities sector, particularly energy and water, where it advises clients on the gamut of UK and EU law competition and regulatory issues. Gordon Downie, senior associate Joanne McDowall, John Grady and Liz McRobb are advising the Single Energy Market Committee on the creation of a new regulatory framework (referred to as I-SEM) to ensure compliance with Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 on capacity allocation and congestion management. Outside of energy and water, in another highlight, the firm provided state aid compliance advice to City of Edinburgh Council in relation to the Edinburgh Homes Project for accelerating housebuilding in the society. Elsewhere, in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the team has become increasingly active in the advice to clients on EU law and trade matters. Senior associate Fiona Parker is another key figure in the team, whose other clients include ScottishPower, ORE Catapult and Capital Document Solutions.

Burness Paull LLP's competition practice is led by David Goodbrand, who is knowledgeable about competition compliance, commercial contracts and merger control. The group generates work from a wide range of sectors, such as food and drink, technology, oil and gas, financial services and media. Recently promoted partner Graeme Palmer has driven the growth of the firm's state aid and public procurement practice; he is working with Goodbrand, senior associate Ruth McNaught and others to advise Hampden Park Limited on various aspects of the development of Hampden Park stadium for the Euro 2020 football tournament, including the procurement strategy of appointing a design team. Palmer is also acting as the lead partner to Highlands and Islands Enterprise in the rollout of high-speed broadband to rural areas in Scotland as part of the Community Broadband Scotland project. Contentious procurement cases (for both public and private sector clients) are another pillar of the practice.

At CMS, Graeme Young in Edinburgh and Aberdeen-based oil and gas sector expert Judith Aldersey-Williams handle a full range of EU and UK competition issues for Scottish corporates and public organisations, as well as international entities with business interests in Scotland. The team's workload includes antitrust compliance and enforcement, CMA market investigations and studies, UK and EU merger control, state aid and public procurement. In addition to having a standalone practice in Scotland, the team also operates as part of a wider global competition group, putting it in a strong position to advise on cross-border issues. Clients of the practice include Artemis, Scottish Water, University of Glasgow and AON Plc.

DWF has a number of practitioners located in Scotland with expertise in EU/UK competition law and regulatory matters. Colin Miller assists clients with CMA cartel investigations, merger control, and EU public procurement challenges and processes. Martin Gallaher is knowledgeable about EU public procurement rules and state aid. Another key figure is Euan McSherry, who represented Serco in its challenge of the decision by Glasgow City Council to award a £400m contract to CGI UK under the Public Contracts legislation. Miller was the lead adviser to global rum producer Angostura on competition issues associated with its distribution strategy in the EU, China, Hong Kong and Macau, among other territories.  The firm is also a leading adviser to the Scottish Government on the competition aspects of major projects; Gallaher and others advised the client on the roll-out of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme in 2017. Howard Cartlidge, who is the firm's London-based head of EU competition, has experience of handling competition law matters in Scotland.

Harper Macleod LLP assists public and private sector clients with a broad scope of behavioural and transactional competition law matters; James McMorrow and associate Jill Fryer are assisting Glasgow City Council with competition issues associated with the European Sports Championships 2018 in Glasgow (including the procurement of contracts concerning the hosting and broadcasting of the Championships). McMorrow and Fryer are also working with Jennifer Jack to advise Renfrewshire Council on the state aid aspects of its City Deal project. The same three practitioners are also defending Comhairle nan Eilean Siar against a judicial review action over the procurement of a multimillion pound regeneration project, and also in a related state aid complaint. Elsewhere, the firm is particularly active in advising housing sector clients (including registered social landlords) on competition law (particularly public procurement and state aid) issues.

MacRoberts LLP's David Flint, who has nearly 40 years of competition law experience, leads the team, which advises public and private sector clients on competition law compliance, merger control, cartel and other regulatory investigations, and public procurement. It generates mandates from clients in sectors such as construction, food and drink, publishing and transport, among others. Duncan Osler, who is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in public procurement law, undertakes a significant amount of work for clients such as government bodies, NHS boards and local authorities. John Reid departed for an in-house role at Scottish Power.

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