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DWF

BRIDGEWATER PLACE, WATER LANE, LEEDS, LS11 5DY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0333 320 2220
Fax:
Fax 0333 320 4440
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Web:
www.dwf.law

Jonathan Branton

Tel:
Work +44 (0)3333 203 101
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DWF

Work Department

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 Central and Local Government sector group.

Position

Partner

Career

I specialise in all aspects of EU and UK Competition law including restrictive agreements, abuse of dominant position, merger control, State aid and public procurement. I deal with European and national regulators on a regular basis, such as DG COMP, DG REGIO, the Competition & Markets Authority and UK government departments such as DCLG and DBIS.


North West: Corporate and commercial

EU competition

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Branton - DWF

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy

Within: Energy

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at DWF is noted for its energy and renewables expertise and operates closely with its colleagues across the firm’s international network. Electricity, gas, water, renewables and nuclear work are key areas of focus. The team is advising ScottishPower on the £650m 1800 MW combined cycle gas turbine project in Kent. Vensys Energy and United Utilities Renewable Energy are also key clients. Andrew Symms heads the energy and industrials sector team and is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices. Catherine Haslam heads the solar team and is experienced in renewable energy projects, while head of water Steve Morris acts for energy and utility companies on a range of disputes, and James Lupton is part of the firm’s procurement group. Renewables team head Christian Hellmund operates across the Manchester and Leeds offices, as does EU and competition head Jonathan Branton. Michael Mousdale joined Browne Jacobson LLP in March 2018.

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North West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

DWF's team advises more than 200 local authorities and other public sector bodies. Colin Murray  ‘works to a very high standard’. Murray is best known for his work on complex regeneration projects. James Lupton  produces ‘good quality work’ and advises local authorities on a broad range of matters ranging from contracting strategies and procurement processes to restructuring major projects relating to schools, highways, waste, housing and police projects. Jonathan Branton and senior associate Jay Mehta  ‘both carry a high degree of specialist knowledge and adopt a solutions-focused and flexible approach’. It advises Stockport MBC on a wide range of issues such as advising it on the closure of a number of leisure centres and the opening of some new ones. It has also advised Wirral MBC on the delivery of the Golf Project with the Jack Nicklaus consortium to deliver two new golf courses, a hotel, new homes and a new link road. Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Manchester City Council/Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Liverpool City Council are other major clients. It has also advised a number of companies in the private sector on their bids to local authorities.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Branton - DWF

Within: EU and competition

DWF’s ‘top-tier practice’ is led by ‘star performerJonathan Branton, who splits his time between Leeds and Manchester and is ‘one of the foremost experts nationally for state aid and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) advice’. Branton ‘provides technically sound and pragmatic, solution-based advice’; he recently represented Mexichem Group in an European Commission (EC) investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour between two US automotive refrigerant companies, assisted Cornwall Council with the state aid funding for the Space Port and Newquay Airport, and acted for Dransfield Properties on two major development projects including ERDF funding support. Other work includes advising East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council on investments in the Green Port area and related state aid rules, and handling funding matters for Leeds City Region LEP. The practice is also highly regarded for its public procurement expertise. The group works closely with senior associate Jay Mehta who is based in Manchester and Brussels-based Vassilis Akritidis.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

The multidisciplinary local government department at DWF attracts praise for its 'quality of service, knowledge and response times'. The 'very pragmatic and result-focusedJonathan Branton heads up the public sector practice which includes the local government team led by Colin Murray. The group regularly advises on public procurement and related disputes and has a reputation for handling infrastructure projects and local government insurance work. Branton led a team acting for East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council on a major investment project, which included advice on EU state aid rules. Instructed in another notable project, the department advised Leeds City Council on the state aid aspects of its investment in the Headingley cricket and rugby stadium. The team is also able to draw on the expertise of its significant national practice.

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