EU and Competition

Competition enforcement both through competition authorities and through the courts has expanded significantly over recent years. The new UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and European competition authorities have been willing to expand the reach of competition law. New legislation makes it easier to pursue actions in the regular courts for losses arising from breaches of competition law.

This means that business can expect more intervention and exposure to competition law risks, regardless of size, location or sector. It also creates opportunities if you are harmed by behaviour that breaches competition law.
We can help you meet those challenges, reduce your risk or seek damages or other remedies through the courts. For example, we can help you identify and resolve any potential or suspected breaches. We can defend you against claims for damages and advise in the recovery of damages caused by suppliers, customers or competitors. We can help you fund and prosecute claims for damages (a specialist skill for which we are recognised – for more information please see our Funded Disputes page). We can also help reduce any competition exposure for your business.

Our Group works across the full range of competition law and regulatory regimes and has a particular track record in: mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and public offers; cartels; monopoly infringements; leniency applications; and in public procurement and state aid. We also offer full support for compliance and training programmes.

Competition Team of the Year - The Lawyer 2014 Awards
Shortlisted for Competition Team of the Year - The Lawyer 2015 Awards 
Shortlisted for Competition Team of the Year - The Lawyer 2016 Awards

Shepherd and Wedderburn "gives advice which is commercially astute" and "resources the team appropriately for any particular task".
Legal 500, EU and Competition (London)

"The team knows the client’s business inside out and so can add a lot of value, not just from a legal perspective but also by their grasp of the commercial issues affecting the business."
Chambers, Competition Law


Watch our video

Brexit: What now for UK business?

This webinar, recorded prior to the EU referendum, uses a practical case study of a business with both UK and EU operations and a cross-border corporate structure to demonstrate the Brexit issues to be considered. Our specialist team help you understand how the various scenarios might play out and interrogate those questions that you may wish to address in your own business.

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Key People



The following is a selection of our clients:

  • BAT
  • Chivas Brothers
  • COLT Telecom Group
  • Fidelity Investment
  • Heineken UK
  • Invitrogen
  • National Australia Group
  • Pernod Ricard
  • Pickfords
  • Scottish Power
  • TEVA Pharmaceuticals
  • Thus
  • Total
  • Water Industry Commission for Scotland