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George Peretz QC

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Monckton Chambers (Chambers of Tim Ward QC and Philip Moser QC)


George Peretz has a broad and deep experience of competition law in both the United Kingdom and European Union, having practised in the area since 1992. He advises and represents major private clients, regulators and government departments over the whole field of competition law, including cartels, mergers, Article 102, private actions for damages and injunctions and judicial review. He frequently appears on competition issues before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and other UK courts, as well as the European Court of Justice and General Court. Recent highlights include successfully leading before the Court of Appeal the defence of a major pharmaceutical company to an application for a competition law injunction and representing the European Commission in the ongoing appeal before the General Court of the EU against its high profile and controversial ‘pay for delay’ decision. He has extensive experience of guiding clients through investigations by the competition authorities, including complaints, leniency applications, responding to dawn raids and demands for information, preparing responses to statements of objections, settlement negotiations and oral representations. George has very considerable experience in advising and representing clients on state aid issues, including appearances in the European Court of Justice and General Court. He is Joint Convenor of the newly formed UK State Aid Law Association ( George also practises in the area of VAT, where he frequently appears for HMRC and the UK in major cases in the UK and EU courts, including leading HMRC’s successful appeal to the Court of Appeal in the multibillion pound Rank litigation. He has extensive experience of litigation before the First-tier Tribunal in VAT matters. George has extensive experience of litigating EU and public law in the High Court, Court of Appeal and European Court of Justice in a wide range of other areas, including agricultural law, intellectual property, human rights, pharmaceutical licensing and telecommunications. George has acted for both public sector and private clients in the Information Tribunal (Freedom of Information Act). His range of court experience and advisory work has been recognised by his appointment to the Attorney General’s A panel. George is a Director of Advocates for International Development (A41D) and is a part-time Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber).


QC 2015. Attorney General’s A Panel. Publications of note: contributor to ‘Bellamy & Child on the Common Market Law of Competition’ (procedure and enforcement in 2007 edition), to Smith and Ward’s ‘Competition Litigation in the UK’, and to PLC Competition Law manual. Legal advisor to the OFT, 1992-97. George was one of the joint authors of the second edition of Blackstone’s Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 2000. He is a consulting editor of the UK Competition Law Reports, and has written articles on competition law for the Competition Law Journal, European Competition Law Review, PLC and The Lawyer. George has given talks on a wide variety of competition law issues to training conferences (such as IBC, Hawksmere and PLC), government lawyers, the Solicitors’ European Group, and individual companies and firms of solicitors. He has also given talks on VAT and freedom of information issues to various audiences.


French (good working knowledge), Spanish (good working knowledge). Can accept instructions and deal with documents in both languages, and has given talks on competition law in French. Basic knowledge of German.


UK State Aid Law Association (Joint Convenor). Competition Law Association (member of executive committee); Bar European Group; Administrative Law Bar Association; Joint Working Party of UK Bars and Law Societies on Competition Law.


Exeter College, Oxford; (1988 BA Hons 2(1) PPE; 1989 Diploma in Law).

London Bar


Within: Competition – Leading silks

George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersExcellent analysis of issues and challenges to regulation; diligent and competent.

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EU law

Within: EU law – Leading silks

George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersExcellent analytical skills; he sees the weaknesses and strengths of cases and where to add value.

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Tax: corporate and VAT

Within: Tax: VAT – Leading silks

George Peretz QC - Monckton ChambersHe has a strong grasp of the issues.

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