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Chris Worrall is a partner and head of the competition team at Burges Salmon.  Chris has worked on numerous high profile antitrust matters and specialises in all aspects of UK and EU competition law, including antitrust investigations, cartels, abuse of market power, and merger control.  Chris has extensive experience across a range of sectors, including financial services, media, transport, healthcare and retail.


Clifford Chance 2004 (qualified 2006; secondment Paris in 2005, Brussels in 2009 and 2012).  Partner Burges Salmon 2017.  University College London (LLB Law with French Law 2002); Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas 2001; King’s College London (Masters in EC Competition Law 2009, Distinction).


Law Society Competition Section member.  

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London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

Burges Salmon LLP is best known as one of Bristol’s strongest competition firms, though it also frequently serves clients in London. Chris Worrall, as departmental head, splits his time between the London and Bristol offices and primarily advises on merger control and FDI clearance issues. Associate Shachi Nathdwarawala arrived from Simmons & Simmons in July 2020, giving the firm a full time presence in London.

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

Burges Salmon LLP is particularly adept at handling restructuring and insolvency mandates, IP issues and corporate transactions for a stellar client base that includes some of the UK’s leading retailers. Real estate retail lead Matthew Sims is a key name in the group, which also includes IP expert Jeremy Dickerson, who has considerable expertise in matters relating to trade marks, patents and copyright. Andrew Eaton, meanwhile, has extensive experience in advising on insolvencies and other distressed situations. Other names to note are Helen Scott-Lawler and Chris Worrall, who focuses on competition mandates.

South West > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

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Burges Salmon LLP‘s ‘pragmatic‘ and ‘responsive‘ competition practice is centred around the firm’s sweet spots of retail and transport, although it also handles matters for a number of utilities clients. Merger clearance is a core competency for the group, which has substantial experience handling matters before the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The team is also well versed in investigations and compliance matters, where it has recent experience in a major cartel investigation. Other active areas of the practice include antitrust litigation and state aid. The department is led by Chris Worrall, an expert in antitrust matters. John Houlden is the team’s state aid expert and in 2020 advised the UK government on Covid vaccine procurement. Director Noel Beale is recommended for his work for utilities clients.