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I lead the firm in EU/Competition issues, specialising in behavioural antitrust, merger control, public procurement and State aid, and all related issues of public funding, including the UK's Regional Growth Fund, ERDF and ESIF. I also head up the firm's Brussels office and the firm's cross-discipline Public Sector group.


Partner, Head of Public Sector, Head of EU Competition


I specialise in all aspects of EU and UK Competition law including restrictive agreements, abuse of dominant position, merger control, State aid, public procurement, EU/international trade and now Brexit. I deal with various regulators on a regular basis, such as DG COMP, DG REGIO, the CMA and the UK government departments such as DCLG and DBIS. 

I have been an EU/Competition specialist for more than 20 years and in addition to regular aspects of Competition Law such as behavioural antitrust, cartels and merger control, he has a particularly strong reputation in handling all aspects of EU State aid law and practice, and public procurement. I am particularly involved and experienced in a number of different sources of public funding, including the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), and European structural funds such as ERDF and the new ESIF (including audit and clawback experience and dealing with the European Court of Auditors (ECA). I have also acted in a large number of EU trade defence proceedings such as anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations, and advised in WTO and related trade disputes and procedures. 

Prior to joining DWF, I practised in Brussels for over 12 years, having been a partner in an international law firm based there. I now manage the firm’s Brussels office in addition to the leading the firm’s EU/Competition team generally, and the firm’s Public Sector group. I am also qualified as a solicitor in Ireland.



Lawyer Rankings

North West > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

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Jonathan BrantonDWF

DWF specialises in advising on EU state aid, EU procurement, EU funding and regulatory matters. The firm has been undertaking an increasing number of instructions in UK merger control work and in 2018 notified three mergers through the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA). Other areas of expertise include cartels, EU funding disputes, judicial reviews, and providing advice around the European regional development fund (ERDF) and Brexit.  Jonathan Branton , who splits his time between Leeds, Manchester and Brussels, heads the team. Senior associate Jay Mehta is also recommended.

North West > Public sector > Local government

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Jonathan BrantonDWF

DWF ‘s multi-disciplinary local government team stands out for its specialist state aid and public procurement expertise, as well as its experience in regeneration and infrastructure projects and insurance mandates. The team also advises public sector clients on loan funding projects. EU and competition head Jonathan Branton and Colin Murray, who are based across the firm’s Leeds and Manchester offices, jointly head the team. Bradley Martin is recommended as a rising star.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

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Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Local government

At DWF, Jonathan Branton and Colin Murray jointly lead the department as heads of public sector and local government respectively. Both divide their time between Leeds and Manchester, while Branton also spends part of his time in the firm’s Brussels office as head of EU competition. While handling a broad spectrum of local government work, the group has niche strength in state aid mandates and public procurement issues as well as expertise in governance, infrastructure, real estate, planning, employment and contentious matters.

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