The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
Living Wage
100 VICTORIA EMBANKMENT, LONDON, EC4Y 0DH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7400 8000
Fax:
Fax 020 7400 8050
DX:
269 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Web:
www.bristows.com

Stephen Smith

Tel:
Work 0207 400 8206/ +32 2 401 1490
Email:
Bristows (Services) Limited

Work Department

Competition

Position

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.

Career

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

Languages

French, German

Member

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

Education

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.

[back to top]

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.

[back to top]


Back to index

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • The legal difference between a consultant and an employee according to Nicaraguan Law

    Knowing the legal difference between a consultant and an employee is important for a company that needs to hire someone in Nicaragua or for a person interested in rendering services for a company or another person, due to the fact that the nature of the contractual relationship will determine many factors that both parties must be aware of before executing the contracting modality that will govern the relationship between them - the nature of the contractual relationship impacts on the employment benefits, tax implications and liabilities that the parties must comply with according to the law.  labor_law_in_nicaragua
  • Single director - shareholder Companies according to the Nicaraguan legal system

    What is a Single Shareholder and Director legal entity?
  • Business in Nicaragua- The Most Important Changes in the Recent Tax Reform

    In recent years, the country ́s the government has been committed to improving Taxation in Nicaragua and attempting to follow the legislative model used by some of the other countries in the region. Starting January 1st, 2013, a new tax law (Law No. 822, Tax Concertation Law) came into force in and completely changed the taxation system in Nicaragua. Two years later a new law was issued by the National Assembly containing more than 80 amendments, additions and repeals (Law No 891) which came into force December 18th, 2014.