EU and competition in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's team advises clients both regionally and nationally, with the Leeds office developing a particular niche in state aid work. The team, which is led by 'exceptional strategist' Mark Molyneux  -who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds - advises clients including building societies, NHS foundation trusts and other regional corporates. Legal director Elizabeth Turner, who joined from gunnercooke LLP in mid-2018, works with businesses in the financial services, retail, telecoms and technology sectors and has represented clients before the CMA and the EU Commission.

Practice head(s):

Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Turner


‘A very practical, commercial and responsive firm which is incredibly knowledgeable in its areas of expertise.’

‘Collaborative approach; outcome-focused; no egos; all about the team and the outcome for the client.’

‘Mark Molyneux is extremely practical; an exceptional strategist – always two steps ahead of the game.’

Key clients

Office Depot Europe

Yorkshire Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Skipton Building Society


Work highlights

  • Instructed by Office Depot Europe, the claimant in two English High Court actions for follow on and stand-alone damages against addressees of a decision of the European Commission in relation to the Envelopes Cartel.
  • Advising the claiment, RHA, in collective proceedings to be brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal worth £1b
  • Provided state aid advice to Stockton Borough Council on the structure of its district heating scheme.
  • Advising Bradford Council on the state aid structuring requirements for its city centre regeneration scheme.
  • Advising the claimant RHA on the largest and most significant UK competition claim to date, with collective proceedings to be brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The claims are follow-on damages claims on behalf of businesses affected by the EU Truck Cartel.


DWF's EU & competition practice, which covers state aid, contentious competition, anti merger and merger control, is led by Jonathan Branton who has particular expertise in state aid and the European Regional Development Fund. Branton, who divides his time between Leeds, Manchester and Brussels, also leads the firms central and local government sector group and heads up the firm's work for a range of clients in sectors including food, retail, real estate and the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton

Key clients


Burton Foods

Hull City Council

Maven Capital Partners

Birmingham City Council

Dairy UK

Scarborough Council



Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

National Exhibition Centre

Work highlights

  • Provided state aid advice to Birmingham City Council and Finance Birmingham against delivery of major fund for industrial collaborations.
  • Provided state aid and related advice to Liverpool City Region Combined Authority against delivery of fund for stimulation of economic growth in the Merseyside region.
  • Advising Maven Capital Partners on state aid and EU funding to deliver investment funds in different regions.
  • Advising Gateshead Council on a public funding package to deliver new arena and other facilities.
  • Advised Parkhill Estates on a public funding application.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a dedicated team of competition specialists in Leeds advising regional, national and international clients across a range of sectors. In recent years the team has developed a particular specialism in regulated industries and utilities, with a specific focus on water and energy clients. The team is led by the hugely experienced Kate Newman, who has particular expertise in the application of competition law to complex regulated sectors and utilities.

Practice head(s):

Kate Newman

Key clients

European Metal Reycling

Greencore Group

DFS Furniture

Ingevity Corporation


Buzz Bingo

Thames Water

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authrority

Wm Morrison Supermarkets

Ecobat Technologies


Work highlights

  • Advised European Metal Recycling on the Competition and Markets Authority Phase 1 and 2 merger investigation into its £57m acquisition of a competitor, Metal &Waste Recycling.
  • Advised a subsuduary of Cox & Kings on the multijurisdictional £467m merger control aspects of the sale of its educational travel business.
  • Advised Invegity Coproration on the merger control aspects of its £507m acquisition of the Caprolactone division of Perstorp AB.
  • Advised Compass Group in relation to the competition law aspects of the £14m sale of its security division to competitor Mitie.
  • Provied competition advice on the structure of Wienerberger’s UK distribution model.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP covers all areas of competition law, with a particular focus on merger control, abuse of dominance and other compliance issues. The firm also advises public authorities and private developers on procurement and state aid matters. The team is jointly led by Trudy Feaster-Gee, who has extensive experience in areas including regulated utilities and financial services, and Jeremy Scholes, who also has wide ranging experience, particularly in relation to construction materials and regulated materials. Senior associate Richard Jacques  is the firm's Groceries Supply Code of Practice expert and also has CMA market investigation and EU/UK merger clearance experience.

Practice head(s):

Trudy Feaster-Gee; Jeremy Scholes

Other key lawyers:

Richard Jacques


‘Very friendly and forthcoming lawyers that really know the business.

‘The team is fully responsive to clients needs and proactive in keeping them informed and in seeking instructions as issues arise.’

‘Trudy Feaster-Gee has excellent skills and Richard Jacques does a fine job.’

‘Trudy Feaster-Gee and Richard Jacques are both highly recommended.

‘Trudy Feaster-Gee and Richard Jaques provide an excellent service, are on top of the case and communicate well.’

Key clients

Audax Private Equity



Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust



Pipers Crisps

Work highlights

  • Acting on a competition litigation matter for Arla Foods Amba, which is claiming damages from the EC truck cartelists.
  • Advised Pipers Crisps on the UK merger control aspects of its sale to PepsiCo.
  • Advised Endless LLP on the competition law aspects of its acquisition of Menzies Distribution.
  • Advised Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on the procurement of a new CHP energy centre providing heat and power to St James’ Hospital.
  • Advised the management team of Pelsis Holding on whether a multimillion-pound buyout was subject to review under UK merger control.


McCormicks leverages its sports expertise to advise high-profile clients in the sector on competition issues, most notably The Premier League. The team is led by Philip Edmondson, who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. Senior partner Peter McCormick also takes a lead role on much of the firm's most significant work.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Peter McCormick

Key clients

Premier League

GMI Construction Holdings

GMI Construction Group


Andrew Hindle, Serving Sport and Venue Hospitality

Work highlights

  • Representing GMI Construction Holdings and GMI Construction Group in one of the OFT’s largest-ever investigations, which looked into bid rigging by the use of a practice known as ‘cover pricing’.
  • Defending the Premier League in an arbitration brought by Leyton Orient in relation to the Olympic Stadium.
  • Represented the Premier League as interveners in a case brought by HM Revenue & Customs to challenge the so-called Football Creditor Rules regime.
  • Defending Analytix, a manufacturer of microwave parts against an abuse of dominant position claim.
  • Advising the Premier League on foreign competition law proceedings brought in Belgium by Doyen Sports.