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Stephen Smith

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Bristows (Services) Limited

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Stephen is a partner in the Competition team at Bristows. He divides his time between our London and Brussels offices (which he heads) an has extensive experience advising across a range of EU and UK competition law matters. Stephen’s experience includes merger control, cartels and behavioural antitrust advice on anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance. In addition, Stephen has valuable experience working within a competition regulator, having spent time as a senior legal adviser at Ofcom, the specialist competition regulator for the media, telecoms, postal and broadcasting sectors.


Qualified 2001; Partner 2011, Partner at Bristows LLP since 2016


French, German


Committee Member of the Law Society’s Competition Section (past Chair)


Aylesbury Grammar School;
University of Cambridge, MA (Hons) Modern and Medieval languages 1997;
Guildford College of Law 1999

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Bristows LLP is ‘excellent in all fields in competition law’ and is particularly well regarded for its expertise in the IP and TMT sectors, where it provides an ‘inventive’ and ‘highly tailored’ approach to clients including Google, Samsung, International Copyright Enterprise Services, Sony, and ZTE. Practice head Pat Treacy is recommended as ‘the go-to competition counsel in Europe for IP/innovation related matters, delivering outstanding work’. Treacy and Stephen Smith have been advising D&M on an EC investigation into resale price maintenance in the context of e-commerce in the EU, as well as assisting the client with an overhaul of its EU distribution agreements in the light of new market and legal developments and the EC’s Digital Single Market Enquiry. Sophie Lawrance is also noted for her expertise in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors and for forming an ‘outstanding team’ with Treacy.

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London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

Boutique IP firm Bristows LLP stands out for its 'exceptional strength' at the overlap between IP and competition law, for which the 'seriously clever' team is noted for its 'creative' approach to competition damages cases. The group is led by 'extremely knowledgeablePat Treacy, who is ably supported by Sophie Lawrance and Stephen Smith. The group continues to defend Google in a High Court action brought by Foundem following the European Commission's decision concerning the client's online search function. In another highlight, it represented Samsung in relation to the competition law aspects of a major dispute with Unwired Planet and Ericsson involving FRAND value for essential patents. Life sciences competition law expert Marie Manley departed to Sidley Austin LLP in February 2018.

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