Competition/EU

Competition/EU

At One Essex Court specialist assistance can be provided in relation to international cartel proceedings, allegations of abuse of dominant position, anti-competitive behaviour, EC state aid rules, UK and EC merger proceedings, references and regulatory work (particularly in energy, utilities and telecommunications) over charges and licence modifications for a wide variety of domestic and international clients, including in judicial review proceedings.

The work of barristers here involves frequent appearances before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the European Court of Justice, the European General Court, as well as the UK High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Counsel here provide advice and representation in relation to investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority.  In addition, junior members regularly undertake secondments to a number of industry regulators, including Ofwat and Ofgem, where they are often required to assist with changes in regulation and competition and merger investigations.

The range of industries covered by barristers here includes (but is not limited to), the banking & financial services sector, telecommunications markets, energy and utilities and natural resources, transport and infrastructure, the environment and the UK grocery and retail markets.  We can also provide counsel with an in-depth understanding of business economics, which enables us to offer practical and commercial advice that supports business objectives.  Particular expertise is also available in areas where competition law and intellectual property law overlap.

Recent work involving barristers at One Essex Court includes acting for British Airways in the air cargo cartel proceedings; for both MasterCard and various retailers in the interchange fee disputes; for Ofwat in relation to Bristol Water’s appeal of a price determination; and for PayPoint Plc in proceedings before the National Lottery Commission (“NLC”) resisting an application by Camelot, the monopoly National Lottery licensee, for permission to use its National Lottery infrastructure to enter the payment services market, on grounds that this would constitute an unlawful leveraging of Camelot’s dominant position in the lottery market into payment services, contrary to Article 102 of the TFEU.

For some, One Essex Court is ‘a market leader in EU issues.’ The Legal 500