EU and competition in South West

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based competition team has a strong roster of clients in the retail and transport sectors, in addition to advising on competition matters in the financial services, media and healthcare spaces. The group, led by Chris Worrall, is noted for merger clearances, but is also regularly instructed in competition law investigations and compliance matters. Antitrust litigation is another area of expertise, as are state aid and procurement issues, where John Houlden takes the lead. Director Noel Beale is another name to note, with significant experience in the water utilities sector. Laura Claydon retired in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Chris Worrall

Other key lawyers:

John Houlden; Noel Beale

Testimonials

Excellent partner involvement, attention to detail and practical, realistic advice.’

Chris Worrall has great attention to detail and availability, pragmatism and support, excellent technical skills and coupled with commercially sound and clear advice.’

Key clients

Co-operative Group Limited

FirstGroup plc

SCISYS Group plc

Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways, charity responsible for 2,000 miles of waterways in the UK)

Cardiff City Transport Services (Cardiff Bus)

Yeo Valley

Waitrose

John Lewis

Babcock International

Work highlights

  • Advised Co-operative Group on the merger control aspects of a number of acquisitions in the convenience retail store sector
  • Advised IT and technology services company SCISYS Group plc on securing UK merger control clearance relating to its acquisition by IT giant CGI Group
  • Advised Loop Interiors in relation to the CMA’s Competition Act 1998 Chapter I investigation into alleged anti-competitive conduct in the design, construction and fit out services sector

Osborne Clarke

The group at Osborne Clarke is noted for contentious and non-contentious competition law work, handling matters before domestic and EU regulators. Areas of expertise include merger filings and state aid issues, but the team also has experience of EU aspects of the electricity capacity market, follow-on damages claims and competition-related investigations. Simon Neill heads the department, which includes state aid expert Marc Shrimpling and senior associate Rebecca Malone, whose practice spans the digital, logistics and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Simon Neill

Other key lawyers:

Marc Shrimpling; Rebecca Malone

Testimonials

Pragmatic and dynamic team that has a depth of state aid knowledge.’

Marc Shrimpling excels in providing clear advice on relatively complicated matters of state aid law. His knowledge of state aid, in particular its application in commercial activities, is very impressive.’

Key clients

Granted Consultancy

Ebiquity plc

Dyson

Green Frog

Dell

Danone

Amber Infrastructure

Foresight Group

NewCold Cooperatief

Lifestory

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ebiquity plc on the successful merger of the only two providers of “deep dive” advertising intelligence services in the UK.  
  • Defending a financial services client subject to a competition investigation by the Payment Systems Regulator.
  • Providing State aid and regulatory advice to Green Frog on the EU aspects of the Electricity Capacity Market.

TLT

Housing 'one of the strongest competition teams outside London', according to clients, TLT handles competition law issues for a variety of domestic corporates. The group is instructed in investigations, competition and market authority (CMA) defence issues, compliance work, as well as merger control clearance and state aid advice. Leading the department, Miles Trower focuses on advisory competition law work, including in relation to UK and EU merger control and compliance programmes, as well as investigations work. Bill Hull heads the commercial services group, with expertise in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Miles Trower

Other key lawyers:

Bill Hull

Testimonials

One of the strongest competition teams outside London. Well organised and dedicated.’

Miles Trower is a very effective and pragmatic team player, who has excellent attention to detail and sound judgment.’

Key clients

BGL Group Limited (Comparethemarket.com)

Imperial Brands plc

The Retail Motor Industry Federation Limited / National Franchised Dealers Association

Alissa Healthcare

Inchcape plc

Mineral Products Association

Energy Saving Trust

Merlin Entertainments plc

The Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

West Coast Properties

Work highlights

  • Representing CTM before the CMA, in connection with the CMA’s ongoing investigation into suspected breaches by CRM and certain home insurance providers.
  • Advising National Franchised Dealers Association on various competition matters
  • Advising the Mineral Products Association in connection with data gathering and reporting obligations concerning the cement sector as part of a package of CMA-mandated competition remedies arising from the Aggregates, Cement and Ready-mix Concrete Market Investigation.

Maitland Walker LLP

Areas of note for competition law boutique Maitland Walker LLP include competition and antitrust litigation, with expertise in matters arising from follow-on damages claims, M&A, and cartel and price-fixing agreements. The group is led by founding partner Julian Maitland-Walker and includes competition litigation specialist Sheree-Ann Virgin.

Practice head(s):

Julian Maitland-Walker

Key clients

Kuehne & Nagel

British Association of European Parallel Distributors

Shearwell Data

Lexon UK

European Association of Euro-Pharmaceutical Companies

Addison Lee plc

Krowji Limited

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

From Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's Bristol office, Andrij Jurkiw heads the competition department, providing clients with competition law advice and representing them in contentious matters before domestic and European courts and competition authorities. Areas of particular expertise include director disqualification applications, merger filings, competition investigations and damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrij Jurkiw

Testimonials

They have always been a pleasure to work with – very professional and well organised.’

Andrij Jurkiw is very knowledgeable in competition law and has been of considerable assistance to me

Key clients

Michael Martin

Centrica Group

Brittany Ferries

HQW Precision

Arch Capital Group

Work highlights

  • Advising an individual facing a Competition Disqualification Order.
  • Provided detailed advice to Centrica Group in relation to Tempus Energy’s Judicial Review application seeking to challenge the revised arrangements that had been put in place in respect of the UK’s Electricity Capacity Market on State Aid grounds.
  • Advised Brittany Ferries on both the State Aid and the Procurement challenges brought by Eurotunnel against the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision to award a number of freight contracts designed to alleviate anticipated Brexit delays.

Ashfords LLP

The Exeter-based procurement and state aid department at Ashfords LLP advises public, private and third sector clients on competition law matters in sectors including housing and regeneration projects, energy, telecoms, infrastructure and aerospace. The group is regularly called upon to advise on procurement rules and assist with contractual documentation. Lucy Woods heads the group and has extensive experience in state aid issues in the housing development and telecoms spaces alongside Elizabeth Gibson.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Woods

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Gibson

Testimonials

They work very well together. We have conducted many legal reviews and the team was certainly the most prepared out of 5 other different law firms that we interacted with.

Key clients

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

London Borough of Lambeth

HFL Group

Wandsworth Borough Council and Richmond Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Ashfords advises HFL Group on a broad range of legal issues and transactions, which bring with them procurement risks and considerations.
  • Advising a Local Authority in relation to the potential State aid implications of its £13million project aiming to overcome the barrier of limited housing development potential in the centre of its city by utilising funding from the Local Growth Fund and a private developer.
  • Advising a Local Authority in relation to a complex contractual issue surrounding the Council’s strategic partnership with a public sector services provider, along with four other local authorities, for the provision of ‘back office’ functions