Emma Radcliffe > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

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Emma advises on a broad range of antitrust/competition law issues.

These include:

  • managing dawn raids and inspections;
  • leading and co-ordinating antitrust investigations (whether conducted internally and/or by regulators);
  • obtaining UK and EU merger control clearances and advising on multi-jurisdictional filings; and
  • providing day-to-day competition law compliance advice to clients, both in relation to historic conduct and future business propositions.

She has extensive experience of high-profile investigations by the CMA and the European Commission, particularly in relation to alleged cartels (including the leniency and settlement regime) and contentious matters arising from those investigations (including defending follow-on and standalone damages claims before the High Court as well as collective/class actions in the Competition Appeal Tribunal).

Emma has developed a particular expertise and interest in the financial services industry, having acted for clients in this sector in relation to a wide range of investigations and regulators worldwide. These include multiple long-running antitrust investigations in relation to alleged benchmark manipulation.

The majority of Emma’s matters are cross-border and her perspective is informed by time spent outside UK private practice, including secondments to Brussels, Sydney and to the CMA’s predecessor, the OFT, as a case handler.


Qualified 2009; partner 2021

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Competition litigation

Steered by seasoned competition expert Malcolm Walton, Macfarlanes LLP is routinely engaged in high-stakes disputes arising from regulatory investigations, collective damages proceedings, and precedent-setting appeals. Cameron Firth enjoys a stellar reputation in the market – and the pharmaceuticals sector especially – on account of his broad capabilities in merger control matters, dawn raids and inspections, and contentious matters before the English and EU courts. Simon Day is similarly well regarded for his expertise in group litigation, handling numerous individual and collective damages actions for clients in the transport, automotive, and banking sectors. Emma Radcliffe, who was promoted to partner in May 2021, is noted for her proficiency in investigations before both the European Commission and the CMA, as well as follow-on claims at the High Court and in the CAT. Senior counsel Caja Griesenbach maintains a keen focus on jurisdiction challenges.

London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

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.