EU and competition in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard impresses with its breadth, which covers competition enforcement work, merger control issues, competition litigation and counselling matters. Together with its London and Manchester office, the group regularly acts for national and international clients, and is also highlighted for its subsidy and investment control knowledge. Firm-wide team heads Bruce Kilpatrick and Mark Molyneux are based in London, and Elizabeth Turner is the key contact in Leeds.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Kilpatrick; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Turner


‘They have the bandwidth to deal with the full spectrum of issues that potential clients may face ranging from investigations and advisory matters through to cutting edge large scale litigation.’

Key clients


Finlays (James Finlay Ltd)

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Elysian Capital

Aberdeen City Council

Tata Chemicals Europe

Work highlights

  • Represented SSE plc in the first ever judicial review of the CMA.
  • Advised Finlays on global merger control, in particular the disposal of its flowers business to Black Tulip.
  • Advised a range of public sector organisations on subsidy control issues.


DWF has noteworthy experience in advising private sector clients on matters spanning merger control work, cartels, dominant market positions, market investigations and enforcement cases. It also covers competition law issues relevant to the public sector such as state aid matters, subsidy control issues, grant funding work, WTO rules and public procurement mandates. Jonathan Branton, who divides his time between Leeds and Manchester, is a specialist in this area; he leads the practice together with Manchester-based Colin Murray. Alexander Rose is well versed in subsidy control work including handling major capital projects relating to the automotive sector and innovative projects.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Rose


‘The team are very knowledgeable about the subject matter, are commercially astute and have experience of working with the field for many years. They are also able to come up with alternative solutions to achieve a client’s aims, when the client’s original suggestion may be impractical or subject to risk. Where they are particularly strong is distilling down highly complex legal text to provide clear and concise guidance for clients.’

‘Jonathan Branton and his colleagues are highly knowledgeable in this field and can advise you of alternative routes to your preferred solution, how to mitigate the risks associated with the award of any grant and in a clear and concise manner. In short, they are always willing to go the extra mile. They always respond in a timely manner and are highly professional.’

Key clients

Homes England

North of Tyne Combined Authority

Advanced Propulsion Centre

Hull City Council


Maven Capital Partners LLP

The Arts Council

National Lottery Heritage Fund / National Lottery Community Fund

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Bradford Council

Glennon Brothers (Timber)



University of Leeds

Medicines Discovery Catapult

Medina Dairies

Durham Council

Wykeland Group

St. Francis Group

Scarborough Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for PepsiCo in securing CMA clearance for its acquisition of Pipers Crisps.
  • Advised the Irish Government on a state aid audit carried out by the European Commission, including putting in place measures to demonstrate the compliance of subsidies during the delivery of the funding programme.
  • Advising Homes England on the compliance of multiple funding programmes.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is experienced in competition law investigations and behavioural competition law matters, as well as the complementary areas of procurement and state aid work. It is particularly active in front of the CMA on merger control matters, and is noted for its international client base. Practice head Kate Newman is knowledgeable of the competition and antitrust implications of transactions and joint ventures, strategic collaborations, commercial strategies and trade practice, while Elizabeth Marshall is a specialist in procurement matters. Legal director Nicola Holmes is well versed in pricing practices.

Practice head(s):

Kate Newman

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Marshall; Nicola Holmes; Charlie Markillie


‘The team is very knowledgeable and personable. I feel confident in drawing on their deep practical expertise.’

‘We have had the pleasure of working with Kate Newman, who is authoritative and very experienced.’

Key clients

McCain Foods Limited

CitySprint (UK) Limited


Greencore Group plc

Thames Water Utilities Limited


European Metal Recycling

Wolseley UK

Pentland Group plc

Tyman plc

Work highlights

    Walker Morris LLP

    Clients praise Walker Morris LLP‘s competition offering, which sees the group advising national and international companies on the full range of related matters; the team is well versed in Technology Transfer Block Exemption mandates and the competition regulatory aspects of regulated sectors. Practice head Trudy Feaster-Gee is a barrister with long-standing experience in the field and Gwendoline Davies combines competition and dispute resolution knowledge, while Sarah Ward specialises in transactional work.

    Practice head(s):

    Trudy Feaster-Gee

    Other key lawyers:

    Gwendoline Davies; Sarah Ward; Jack Gale


    ‘Very easy to work with offering great support in competition law matters.’

    ‘Extremely collaborative team, keen to understand our sector such that they can provide the very best advice.’

    ‘Efficient and cost-effective.’

    ‘Trudy Feaster Gee – great team leader.’

    ‘Gwen Davies has great litigation judgment.’ 

    ‘Jack Gale – showing early promise.’

    ‘Trudy Feaster-Gee is very knowledgeable.’

    Key clients

    Audax Private Equity

    Arla Foods amba


    Endless LLP

    Work highlights

    • Advised private equity firms Audax and Endless on the competition law, merger control and FDI aspects of over ten corporate transactions, and assisted in the preparation of a number of filings.
    • Acting for Danish head-quartered Arla Foods amba in its multi-million pound claim for damages against the EC truck cartel, which is being heard before the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal.
    • Advised businesses and individual directors in connection with antitrust investigations by the CMA.


    McCormicks is a go-to name for sports clients requiring competition advice, in particular those in the football sector; the team is especially highlighted for its work for the Premier League. Practice head Philip Edmondson handles contentious and non-contentious work, and Peter McCormick is well versed in investigations.

    Practice head(s):

    Philip Edmondson

    Other key lawyers:

    Peter McCormick

    Key clients

    Premier League

    GMI Construction Holdings PLC

    GMI Construction Group PLC

    Serving Sport Ltd and Venue Hospitality Ltd

    Leeds United Football Club

    Analytix Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Represented GMI Construction Holdings PLC and GMI Construction Group PLC in a successful appeal against penalties imposed by the OFT, totalling £2.7m, in an investigation related to bid rigging.
    • Represented the Premier League in a high-profile arbitration brought by Leyton Orient.
    • Represented the Premier League as interveners in a case brought by HMRC to challenge the so-called Football Creditor Rules regime.