EU and competition in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's competition team has a strong track record in representing a range of corporates and multinational clients before the CMA and EU Commission. Overseeing the Leeds team is experienced director Elizabeth Turner, who specialises in cross-border merger control matters, investigations, and other non-contentious work. The group is able to leverage the firm's wider national teams across Manchester, Edinburgh and London to advise clients in Yorkshire and the North East. Representative matters include  advising Brenntag UK on merger issues pertaining to an acquisition.

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Turner

Key clients

Hallriver Holdings Limited (Innserve)

Skanska Construction UK Limited

Dunhills (Pontefract) plc (Haribo)

Brenntag UK

Work highlights

  • Advising Skanska on the sale of its Infrastructure Services Business.
  • Advising Innserve on its acquisition by Heineken UK and Carlsberg Marstons.
  • Advising Haribo on competition law and GSCOP compliance.

DWF

At DWF, the EU and competition practice is singled out for its expertise in state aid matters, and is able to handle cross-border work facilitated by its substantial European network. Practice head and dual UK and Irish qualified practitioner Jonathan Branton  handles an assortment of competition matters for blue chip companies and local authority clients. The core national group includes Dimitris Sinaniotis in London who supports on large regional mandates and Newcastle-based Alexander Rose, who is the contact for EU funding and subsidy control work. Recent highlights include obtaining significant CMA clearances for financial services clients and EU investigations. Public procurement expert James Lupton in Manchester is also of note.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Rose; James Lupton; Dimitris Sinaniotis 

Testimonials

‘The team has an up to date knowledge of the changing state aid rules as we have exited the EU. I have confidence that their opinions will be accepted by those in authority.’

‘Jonathan Branton and Alexander Rose have unique experience of operating in Brussels and writing state aid rules for the UK. This is very comforting for clients relying on their advice.’

‘The DWF team work closely with us on complicated projects and understand the commercial requirements of these projects. They work with us to achieve these goals.’

Key clients

Homes England

Irish Government

Advanced Propulsion Centre

Autocab

Birmingham City Council & Finance Birmingham

Serco

Maven Capital Partners LLP

University of Leeds

Caddick Construction

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

CEG Group

Highgrove Plc/ GMI Construction

Marshall Construction

Wykeland Limited

Wakefield Council

Medicines Discovery Catapult

EnergieSprong UK

Durham County Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Leeds City Council on the £600m Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund, rolled out in May 2020 following a surge of Covid-19 cases and deaths in care homes.
  • Advised the Arts Council on state aid issues relating to the £1.57bn emergency Culture Recovery Fund.
  • Instructed by the Irish Government to assist with respect of a special audit of its entire programme of European Regional Development Funding (2014-20) for compliance with state aid.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's competition practice group has 'an excellent breadth of experience' and handles a significant amount of complex merger control matters for large international clients and corporates. Based out of Leeds, the team is fully integrated into the firm's wider network and can handle multijurisdictional deals and transactions. Practice head Kate Newman handles investigations by the competition authorities, while Elizabeth Marshall is the key name for procurement work, having over two decades of experience in this area. Nicola Holmes advises clients across the transport and aviation sectors on trading and pricing policies. The group also specialises in state aid work and foreign investments.

Practice head(s):

Kate Newman

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Marshall; Nicola Holmes

Testimonials

‘Experts in their field. Great understanding of how our business works and the commercial challenges combined with their expertise in competition law make them very effective. Additionally they also excel at helping to shape complex potential future strategic initiatives.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the issues facing us and the sector.’

‘Nicola Holmes – really great – commercial, excellent understanding of the issues facing the sector. Able to be clear and concise in her advice.’

‘I can say that I am very satisfied with the service provided and would not hesitate to recommend Kate Newman.’

‘Kate Newman has been exemplary to work with. She is efficient, timely and clear in the advice that she provides and I would not hesitate to work with her.’

‘An excellent breadth of experience across a number of sectors. Availability of technology is good. Billing is transparent and well managed.’

‘Kate Newman is accessible and considered in her advice. She approaches challenges pragmatically and is quick and thorough in the advice she provides. Nothing is too much trouble for Kate and I respect her hugely. Her knowledge and experience is excellent.’

‘The team always deliver a great service, to time and within budget.’

‘Kate Newman knows our business very well and her advice is always tailored to suit our needs.’

Key clients

Eutelsat SA

Ecolab Limited

Greencore Group PLC

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Ecobat Technologies Limited

European Metal Recycling

Department of Transport

Pentland Group plc

Tyman plc

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP’s competition practice has a focus on merger control and complex litigation work, and is led by Trudy Feaster-Gee who is singled out for her ‘eye for detail and pragmatism’. The team regularly handles a significant amount of public procurement matters for local authorities and higher education sector clients, as well as advising on state aid work. Litigators Nick Lees and Gwendoline Davies are key names for competition-related damages work and commercial disputes. Director Sue Harris has experience in multi-party litigation. In early 2021 Sarah Ward joined the team as a partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Practice head(s):

Trudy Feaster-Gee

Other key lawyers:

Nick Lees; Gwendoline Davies; Sue Harris; Sarah Ward

Testimonials

‘Trudy Feaster-Gee is highly recommended and very easy to work with. Has also shown great flexibility and willingness to deliver in extreme circumstances.’

‘Experienced resources can be called in when required. Detailed communications, updates and relevant market knowledge.’

‘Trudy Feaster-Gee developed excellent relationships with client and other stakeholders very quickly impressing both with her subject matter knowledge and experience but also her patience, empathy and trustworthiness.’

‘Good regional practice with decent rates and highly capable lawyers.’

‘Trudy Feaster-Gee is highly skilled in her field and has great attention to detail. I would describe her as a steady and reliable hand.’

‘Trudy Feaster-Gee and Sue Harris are running a complex action with extreme efficiency and regular communication of the strategic and tactical decisions requiring decisions to be made.’

‘Trudy Feaster-Gee and Sue Harris have a complete command of the case.’

‘In an area of law that can be labyrinthine, Trudy combines an eye for detail and pragmatism. She knows that understanding the client’s business is key to the efficacy of the advise she gives.’

Key clients

Audax Private Equity

Arla Foods amba

Drax

Endless LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised parents and portfolio companies on UK and foreign merger controls (including submissions to the CMA), UK foreign direct investment controls and issues arising on due diligence.
  • Acted 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.

McCormicks

McCormicks is known for handling competition litigation for its sports clients, notably The Premier League. Philip Edmondson oversees the team, which handles both contentious and non-contentious matters for clients across the sports, entertainment and leisure sectors. Peter McCormick has experience appearing before the Competition Appeal Tribunal in investigations.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Peter McCormick

Key clients

Premier League

GMI Construction Holdings PLC

GMI Construction Group PLC

Leeds United Football Club

Analytix Ltd

Work highlights

  • 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.