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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 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 - 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