Thomas Sharpe is a specialist in all aspects of EU, Competition Law, WTO trade disputes, UK Regulatory proceedings and investigations and commercial judicial review. His Competition Commission/CMA experience includes acting for Safeway for over a decade, from the initial aborted discussions with Asda, and no less than three full competition investigations culminating in the Safeway/Morrison report and merger. He has recently advised on many aspects of Brexit and acted in the Miller case in the Supreme Court. His practice covers litigation and advice in UK and EU cartel proceedings, abuse of dominant position, state aids and UK and EU merger proceedings. He has appeared in over 100 CMA (and MMC/CC) inquiries and has extensive experience in regulatory work (particularly energy, communications and water) acting for regulated companies and is a long-standing adviser of Ofgem, Ofwat and the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS). Recent work includes CMA price reviews and licence modification proceedings in energy and appeals against Ofcom rulings on dark fibre and broadband in the CAT and CMA. He has a wide variety of British, American, German, French and Hong Kong clients, involving frequent appearances in the European Courts, the CMA, CAT, and UK High Court. He has also been called to the bar in Hong Kong and in the Caribbean, where he has conducted pro bono environmental litigation and a commission of inquiry into alleged corruption.
A graduate of Trinity Hall, Cambridge he holds degrees in both Economics and Law and is retained particularly where complex issues of law and economics are involved. He brings considerable experience from having been (part time) Executive Director of the IFS and holding various academic appointments in the UK and US latterly, until starting to practice, as a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is a frequent lecturer and seminar participant and a past contributor to Halsbury's Laws (European Law), 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 Chairman of the Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia.
Some comments on Tom Sharpe's practice and experience:
"Very astute and switched on from the moment of instruction, he is a standout silk in this field." Legal 500 2020 - Energy
"Really hard-working and all over the details. He doesn't cut corners and is a super person to have on board when you're faced with big ticket and complex regulatory work." "He gets to the real essence of a point; he has a gentle manner but is able to identify the flaw in arguments and pursue those points zealously." Chambers & Partners 2020 - Competition Law
"He provides very strategic input and is a great team player with a tremendous rapport with clients." Chambers & Partners 2020 - Energy & Natural Resources
"Magisterial – a genuine heavyweight who commands instant respect and confidence from his clients." Legal 500 2019 - Energy
"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
'Tom 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