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Gowling WLG
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Partner specialising in EU/competition work, with particular emphasis on contentious aspects, notably complaints (both defending and commencing before the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority) and cartels/abuse of dominant position investigations by the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority.


Pupillage 4 Essex Court; European Law Chambers; Stagiare in DG1V, European Commission; part time, Citizen’s European Advisory Service, EU Commission London 1992-94; assistant solicitor, EC/competition department, Watson Farley & Williams 1989-91; assistant solicitor, EC/competition department, SJ Berwin & Co 1991-94; head of Brussels office, SJ Berwin & Co 1994-96; associate, business law department, Dechert Price & Rhoads, Brussels, 1996-99; partner Wragge & Co 1999; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014. Publications of note include: ‘Air Transport and EC Competition Law (Sweet and Maxwell 1994); ‘Joint Ventures in the European Community’ (Butterworths 1997); ‘Private Antitrust Litigation (Thomson Reuters 2013); UK chapter of ‘Merger Control’ (Thomson Reuters 2014).


French, German.


European Air Transport Forum; Solicitors European Group; Brussels Bar (Liste E); member of the Advisory Board of the Competition Law Forum, British Institute of International and Comparative Law; EU Committee, American Chamber of Commerce (Brussels).


Bristol University (1985 LLB Hons); College d’Europe, Bruges (1986 EU Law – Jean Monnet scholar); Council of Legal Education (1987).


Art, skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Competition litigation

Gowling WLG‘s practice has an emphasis on follow-on damages claims, where it acts for both claimants and defendants. Another key workstream seems the firm advise on claims involving an interplay between competition law and IP. Practice head Bernardine Adkins, who splits time between London and Brussels, has accrued significant experience of handling cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

At Gowling WLG, the EU, trade and competition group places particular emphasis on cartel-related advice, UK and EU merger control, state aid, and the overlap between IP and competition law. Splitting her time between London and Brussels, practice head Bernardine Adkins focuses on contentious competition law issues. Samuel Beighton stands out for his credentials in competition law economics.

London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

Gowling WLG’s team, which is split between London and Brussels, regularly works with colleagues based in Canada, China, France, Russia and Germany. The firm’s global reach puts it on a strong footing to advise on sanctions-related issues, export controls, customs and trade compliance. Practice head Bernardine Adkins has notable credentials in trade defence investigations. Director Ursula Johnston is a key contact for advice on customs valuation and tariff classification, among other matters.