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Macfarlanes LLP

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Malcolm is head of the firm’s competition group and his experience covers a broad range of competition work.

Malcolm has represented a number of clients that have been the subject of investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority (the CMA) (and its predecessors), the FCA and the European Commission into suspected price-fixing or cartel activity and regularly advises interested parties, including complainants, in abuse of dominance cases. He also provides competition law compliance advice, programmes and seminars to both corporate clients and trade associations.

Malcolm regularly deals with the European Commission and the UK’s CMA in merger cases, advising clients from a variety of industry sectors as well as several private equity investors, and manages clearance requirements in respect of many other foreign competition authorities on large cross-border transactions.

Malcolm advises clients on the regulatory requirements in a number of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals and aviation. He also advises clients on a wide range of competition related issues such as licensing and distribution, franchising, parallel importing, commercial joint-ventures and strategic alliances.

Malcolm is recognised as a leading individual in competition law by Chambers. He is a regular contributor to legal journals and speaks at conferences.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 2000; partner 2011

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

(Leading individuals)

Malcolm WaltonMacfarlanes 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.