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Macfarlanes LLP

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Tom advises on all aspects of EU and UK competition law including competition compliance, merger clearance, the treatment of vertical agreements and abusive practices, cartels and other horizontal agreement between competitors and state aid, acting for financial institutions, retailers, manufacturers, broadcasters, collecting societies and content providers.

Tom has a particular focus on the financial services sector and other regulated industries and has considerable expertise in advising on sectoral inquiries in relation to financial services, broadcasting markets, extended warranties and pricing issues.

He has brought and defended a number of actions based on competition law and wider EU and public law issues, before the UK domestic courts and in Europe and has been involved in leading cases in the betting and gaming and broadcasting sectors dealing with collective selling, exclusive licensing arrangements, database rights and regulatory issues.


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London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

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Tom Usher  – Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP‘s combination of ‘excellent legal knowledge and commercial acumen‘ makes them a strong choice for a wide variety of clients, ranging from pharmaceutical companies to industrial manufacturers. Steered by practice head Malcolm Walton, the team regularly advises on cross-jurisdictional merger control actions, FDI proceedings, and high-stakes investigations instigated by the CMA, among other relevant authorities. Cameron Firth is widely lauded by peers and clients alike for his capabilities in CMA investigations and merger control matters, most notably in the pharmaceutical sector. The ‘excellentTom Usher is recommended for his ‘unparalleled’ competition knowledge in the financial services and broadcasting sectors, while Emma Radcliffe draws equal praise for her work in cross-border cartel investigations. Simon Day specialises in private damage actions for competition law breaches, including collective and individual claims.