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DWF’s ‘top-tier practice’ is led by ‘star performerJonathan Branton, who splits his time between Leeds and Manchester and is ‘one of the foremost experts nationally for state aid and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) advice’. Branton ‘provides technically sound and pragmatic, solution-based advice’; he recently represented Mexichem Group in an European Commission (EC) investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour between two US automotive refrigerant companies, assisted Cornwall Council with the state aid funding for the Space Port and Newquay Airport, and acted for Dransfield Properties on two major development projects including ERDF funding support. Other work includes advising East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council on investments in the Green Port area and related state aid rules, and handling funding matters for Leeds City Region LEP. The practice is also highly regarded for its public procurement expertise. The group works closely with senior associate Jay Mehta who is based in Manchester and Brussels-based Vassilis Akritidis.

The ‘professional and dedicated’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘easily one of the strongest competition and regulation teams in the North of England’ under the leadership of Kate Newman, who is ‘committed to delivering the best outcomes for clients’ and took over the role following Adam Collinson’s retirement in 2017. Newman is particularly noted for her expertise in advising on the application of competition law to regulated sectors and clients in the utilities sector; examples include Cadent Gas, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Anglian Water Group. Recent work for other clients include acting for DFS Furniture on the competition elements of its acquisition of Sofology including obtaining unconditional clearance, assisting South Staffordshire with the EU and UK merger control issues of its joint venture with Pennon, and advising the Department for Transport on the competition elements of the re-letting of the South West Rail Franchise. Associate Mark Crane is also a name to note; he handles cartel and market investigations, abuse of dominance issues and merger control work.

With ‘the pre-eminent team in the region’ and ‘an unmatched ability to punch above its weight’, Walker Morris LLP is praised as ‘a safe pair of hands for any issue’ combining ‘a thorough approach and exceptional market knowledge to provide a fully comprehensive service’. Trudy Feaster-Gee and Jeremy Scholes jointly lead the practice; Feaster-Gee is an expert in abuse of dominance issues and is ‘incredibly practical and user friendly’. Clients also praise ‘brilliantly talented’ director Shaukat Ali, whose expertise encompasses merger control issues, cartels, restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance work; senior associate Richard Jacques, who ‘really takes the time to understand the client’; and director Kate Webster, who handles the firm’s public procurement and state aid work. Recent highlights include advising Endless on the competition aspects of its disposal of one of its portfolio companies, Imtech, to EDF; assisting multiple clients with competition law compliance issues relating to products sold online, and handling state aid compliance, funding agreements and property due diligence work for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Caterpillar Group, Augean and Enova International are also clients.

Addleshaw Goddard is ‘a very pragmatic firm that quickly gets to grips with client parameters and the issues at hand’ and ‘utilises its technically excellent and commercial team to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the bigger players in the market’. Managing associate Clare Walker is the key name in the Leeds office and works closely with the ‘invaluableMark Molyneux in Manchester and London-based Bruce Kilpatrick and Rona Bar Isaac. Highlights included acting for Bruntwood Management Services on multiple state aid issues, representing the Road Haulage Association in collective proceedings against truck manufacturers to recover damages arising from a cartel, and defending NKT Cables in claims brought by National Grid and Scottish Power alleging overcharges relating to the high voltage cables infringement decision of the EC. Other clients include JD Sports Fashion, SSE, Saga, the Department for Transport and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Peter McCormick  leads the team at McCormicks, which counts the Premier League as a key client; recent highlights include representing it in an arbitration against Leyton Orient relating to its decision to allow West Ham United to use the Olympic Stadium and claims that the decision was in breach of competition law, defending it in a EC complaint brought by Doyen Sports alleging that the Premier League rules infringe competition law by preventing third party ownership of players, and representing it in a complaint brought to the EC by FIFPro alleging that certain elements of the way the international transfer market operates are anti-competitive and breach European law. The team also acted for GMI Construction Holdings and GMI Construction Group in proceedings alleging bid rigging and defended Analytix in an abuse of dominance complaint. Leeds United FC, Cleveland Process Designs, Harrogate International Festivals and Plantagenet Media are also clients. Philip Edmondson is a key name to note.

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