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One Essex Court

Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9AR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7583 2000
Fax:
Fax 020 7583 0118
DX:
430 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.oeclaw.co.uk
London, Singapore
One Essex Court (Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC), Thomas Sharpe QC, London, ENGLAND

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Thomas Sharpe QC

Tel:
Work 020 7583 2000
Email:
One Essex Court (Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC)

Position

Barrister specialising in UK and EC competition law, general aspects of European economic law, commercial judicial review and telecommunications and utility regulation. Advises Ofwat and Water Industry Commission for Scotland in water, competition and regulatory matter. Recent litigation experience in High Court and European Courts includes defending Mastercard in multiple follow-on actions, Albion Water litigation in the CAT and Mastercard appeal in the Court of Justice and General Court. Appeared for the Health Lottery in Camelot’s unsuccessful judicial review, builder cartels appeals in CAT, Safeway v Twigger, mobile phone call termination litigation, water regulation, airport charges, supermarkets, energy competition issues, railway competition and regulation. Conducting Commission of Inquiry in St Kitts and Nevis 2009.

Career

Entered practice 1987, QC, 1994; Bencher Lincoln’s Inn 2004: admitted to Hong Kong and St Kitts and Nevis Bars; fellow in law, Wolfson and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford to 1987; executive director, Institute for Fiscal Studies (part-time) 1981-87; of counsel, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles and London 1984-87; various academic appointments in the UK and the US (visiting professor in anti-trust, University of California); contributor ‘Halsbury’s Laws’, articles and monographs in competition, EC law and utility regulations in LQR etc. Advisory boards of Competition Law Journal and Concurrences. Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia.

Languages

Working knowledge of French and German.

Member

Combar; Bar European Group.

Education

Cambridge.

Leisure

Trustee, Help Musicians UK – formerly Musicians Benevolent Fund, member of London Philharmonic Orchestra Council.


London Bar

Competition

Within: Competition – Leading silks

Thomas Sharpe QC - One Essex CourtExtremely commercial, with great insights into policy and economic aspects of the case.

Within: Competition

Excellent commercial setOne Essex Court is particularly strong in matters in the telecoms sector, with Thomas Sharpe QC acting in both Soni Ltd v The Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation and CityFibre v Ofcom. Juniors have both been involved in a number of pieces of litigation surrounding the setting of interchange fees and card transactions, with Matthew Cook defending Mastercard against claims by a number of large retailers and Derek Spitz acting for Sainsbury’s in its claim against Visa.

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Energy

Within: Energy – Leading silks

Thomas Sharpe QC - One Essex CourtExtremely commercial, with great insight into the policy-related and economic aspects of cases.

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