EU and competition in Yorkshire And The Humber
Addleshaw Goddard’s competition team handles antitrust investigations brought by the CMA and other market regulators for a premier client list comprised of UK and international corporates. Director Elizabeth Turner, who is the key Leeds contact, leads on merger control applications and also provides assistance to the wider national practice in high-profile litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and higher courts. Recent cases included defending cartel claims and acting for claimants in damages cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘A very commercial team. Competent, quick, and swift of reply.‘
Inspired Entertainment Inc
JD Sports Fashion Plc
Road Haulage Association
Co-operative Group Limited
Office Depot Europe
NKT group of companies
British American Tobacco
KCom Group Ltd
Department for Transport
- Advised Inspired Entertainment on its £120m acquisition of Novomatic UK.
- Advising The Co-operative Group in relation to the CMA’s Funerals Market Investigation.
- Instructed by Office Depot to act in two claims in the High Court for follow and stand-alone damages against addressees of a decision of the European Commission in relation to the Envelopes Cartel.
DWF’s EU and competition practice is a regional leader in state aid matters, with practice head Jonathan Branton and director Alexander Rose (who is based in Newcastle) supporting local authorities and national and international governments on large-scale funding applications and the subsequent investigations in the UK and throughout the EU. The Leeds office works closely with partners across the firm's UK and European offices to handle cartel and merger control issues; recent work includes obtaining significant CMA clearances for corporate clients relating to high-value acquisitions.
Other key lawyers:
‘DWF’s EU and competition practice has real expertise across this area, but in particular in EU State aid law. The partner in charge Jonathan Branton has developed this as an area of expertise over many years and is now on the leading State aid lawyers anywhere in the UK.’
‘The standout partner is Jonathan Branton who has specialised in EU State aid law for many years and has a depth of understanding that is not matched by anyone else in this region.
‘The standout associate is Alexander Rose who has experience working in EU State law on secondment from the government to the European Commission.’
OSRAM Licht Group
Birmingham City Council & Finance Birmingham
Maven Capital Partners LLP
University of Leeds
National Lottery Heritage Fund / National Lottery Community Fund
Liverpool City Council & Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Leeds City Council
Hull City Council
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Highgrove Plc/ GMI Construction
- Secured CMA clearance for PepsiCo’s acquisition of Pipers Crisps.
- Advised Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on the administration of a Single Investment Fund to run across the Merseyside Region designed for the support of businesses’ investment projects.
- Advised Maven Capital Partners on the administration of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's competition, EU and trade practice excels in complex merger control applications including Phase 2 inquiries. Recent stand-out matters include handling high-value public takeovers for corporate clients in the food and drink, retail and recycling fields. The team is also instructed by numerous utilities companies to provide strategic competition advice; practice head Kate Newman regularly handles critical abuse of dominance investigations by Ofwat.
European Metal Recycling Ltd
Greencore Group Plc
Dairy Crest (now known as Saputo Dairy UK)
Thames Water Utilities Ltd
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water
Ecobat Technologies Limited
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
- Advised Dairy Crest on the competition aspects of its £975m public takeover by Canadian dairy processor Saputo.
- Advised European Metal Recycling on a Phase 1 and Phase 2 merger investigation conducted by the CMA into its acquisition of Metal & Waste Recycling.
Walker Morris LLP’s competition practice has notable strength in merger control and regulatory compliance issues under the leadership of Trudy Feaster-Gee. The team is also instructed by a high volume of private equity clients to support on UK investments; corporate clients also stem from the energy and IT sectors. The group also advises public bodies on state aid issues. Contentious matters are handled by commercial litigators Nick Lees and Gwendoline Davies; recent work includes handling follow-on damages cases arising from cartel disputes.
‘A large and experienced team in Leeds.‘
‘We’ve been very happy with Trudy Feaster-Gee and Sue Harris for a long time.‘
Audax Private Equity
Arla Foods amba
Pipers Crisps Ltd.
Hambleton District Council
University of Sheffield
- Representing Arla Foods (headquartered in Denmark) in a follow-on damages case arising from European Commission findings that several truck manufacturers in Europe had been party to a 14-year cartel impacting truck prices.
- Assisted Pipers Crisps with obtaining merger clearance for its sale to PepsiCo.
- Engaged by Homes England to assist with matters relating to the award of funding to local authorities for housing development schemes under the Housing Infrastructure Fund and the Local Authority Accelerated Construction grant funding models.
Harrogate-based firm McCormicks handles competition litigation for its sports clients, including instructions from The Premier League. Practice head Philip Edmondson and Peter McCormick are also retained by retail, leisure and entertainment clients for matters involving the relevant market regulators.
Other key lawyers:
GMI Construction Holdings PLC
GMI Construction Group PLC
Andrew Hindle, Serving Sport Ltd and Venue Hospitality Ltd
Leeds United Football Club
- Represented The Premier League in arbitration proceedings brought by Leyton Orient concerning West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium. Allegations included breaches of competition law relating to the move.
- Advising the Premier League on a complaint lodged with the European Commission by FIFPro (the worldwide association representing 65,000 footballers) alleging that aspects of the operation of the transfer market are anti-competitive and in breach of European Law.