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McCann FitzGerald LLP

Work Department

Corporate, Competition, Regulated Markets & EU Law, State Aid, Merger Control


Philip is Head of the firm’s Competition, Regulated Markets, EU and Trade Law Group. Philip focuses on antitrust litigation, transactional and counselling issues.

He has represented a wide variety of companies before the European Commission, the Competition Authority and national regulatory agencies. Philip successfully represented ILCU in ILCU v Competition Authority, the leading Irish case on competition law, in which the Supreme Court unanimously endorsed the consumer welfare standard. Philip has served as Legal Adviser to the Competition Authority and assisted in drafting the Competition Act 2002. He also counselled the agency on EU Modernisation, prior to adoption of Regulation 1/2003. Earlier in his career, Philip practiced for six years in Brussels with a U.S. firm, following a training period at DG Competition.

Philip is co-author of Modern Irish Competition Law (Wolters Kluwer 2015), a leading textbook on Irish competition law and practice.


Qualified 1994


Graduate of University College Dublin (BCL), The Honorable Society of King’s Inns (BL) (1994)

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > EU and competition

(Hall of Fame)

Philip AndrewsMcCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP is another Dublin firm with an estimable record in merger control, obtaining CCPC clearance in a number of complex engagements, including those in the banking and insurance sectors. Cartels and private enforcement are also fortes for the firm, along with competition litigation where it notably represented DAF Trucks in the headline follow-on damages claim resulting from a European Commission competition infringement decision. Philip Andrews has immense experience and leads the team, which includes Laura Treacy, an experienced figure in state aid, merger control and cartels. The litigation expertise of Rosaleen Byrne and Catherine Derrig provide the team with additional heft in state aid disputes and follow-on damages claims.

Ireland > Telecoms

McCann FitzGerald LLP is highly active in the telecoms sector, with experience handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice has a particular specialism in advising on the competition elements of transactions such as acquisitions and joint ventures. In the disputes space, Rosaleen Byrne is frequently instructed on matters involving ComReg, acting for the regulator in litigation as well as providing advice to clients facing investigations into alleged non-compliance with regulations. Byrne co-heads the practice alongside regulatory specialist Philip Andrews and corporate partner David Lydon. Laura Treacy returned to the Dublin office from Brussels in 2020 and is another name to note, with a focus on competition law.