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Practice Summary

Thomas Sharpe is a specialist in all aspects of EU/competition law.  Practice covers large scale international cartel proceedings, allegations of abuse of dominant position, state aid, state immunity and state sanctions, UK and EC merger proceedings, and extensive regulatory work (particularly energy and utilities) over charges, price reviews and licence modifications for a wide variety of British, American, German and French clients, including judicial review proceedings.  This involves frequent appearances in the ECJ, CFI, Competition Commission and UK High Court.  He also has a very extensive energy and telecommunication practice in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Caribbean and in Hong Kong.

A graduate of Trinity Hall, Cambridge he is qualified in both Economics and Law and is retained particularly where complex issues of law and economics are involved. He brings considerable experience from having held various academic appointments in the UK and US (visiting professor in anti-trust, University of California), and as a Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford until starting to practise in 1987. He is a frequent lecturer in the IEA/LBS regulation annual lecture series, to the Law Society European Group, and to the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is a past contributor to Halsbury’s Laws (European Law) and the LQR, CMLR, Eur L Rev and other legal journals and to symposia and published lectures in regulation. He is on the advisory or editorial boards of the European Competition Journal, Concurrences-Revue des droits de la concurrence, and the Centre for Competition Policy, UEA.

"He has an unparalleled experience of the interface between competition law and regulatory issues, and a sage-like knowledge of how regulators approach things." Chambers & Partners 2018 - Competition Law

"He has unparalleled experience of the interface between competition and regulatory matters, and sage-like knowledge of the types of approach taken by regulators." Chambers & Partners 2018 - Energy and Natural Resources

'Tom has a formidable track record and is excellent at delivering what the client needs.' Chambers & Partners 2017 - Competition Law

'He has a formidable track record and is excellent at delivering what the client needs.' 'He's a really good egg who is very active in EU work and is calm and measured in court.' Chambers & Partners 2017 - Energy & Natural Resources

'He continues to be one of a select group of supreme competition silks.' 'A very effective advocate who is hugely experienced. His name carries clout in itself and he is a first choice for Judicial Reviews.' Chambers & Partners 2016 - Competition Law

'..very impressive heavyweight’ Thomas Sharpe QC has ‘an excellent grasp of both law and economics’' Legal 500 2013

"Thomas Sharpe QC comes highly recommended for his in-depth competition law expertise. He is described as "fantastic and hugely experienced," and clients "love the way he works". Chambers & Partners 2012

"Thomas Sharpe QC is 'first choice for competition issues'." Legal 500 2011

"Thomas Sharpe QC, "a lawyer with a very affable manner who is good at cutting to the nub of the issue".  His practice spans competition law, utility regulation, judicial review and European law." Chambers & Partners 2010