Recommendations

  • Best Lawyer - Telecommunications

    Best Lawyers 2021 9th Edition

  • '“Recognised as a Best Lawyer”

    Best Lawyers in UK 2019 Edition

  • Calm under pressure.

    Chambers UK 2013

  • Diplomatic and sensible when dealing with regulators and government officials.

    Chambers UK 2013

  • Brings with him an enviable level of experience, as well as in-depth knowledge of competition and regulatory law.

    Chambers UK 2012

Experience

I am a corporate and commercial lawyer with 35 years’ experience in EU and UK competition law, international trade law, utility regulation and public and administration law practised in Brussels for 12 years. I am recommended by Chambers and Legal 500, and appear in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in the UK.

  • I advise on EU competition law – this work includes defending clients in EU Commission investigations into a wide range of industries, such as base metals, medical devices, films and television rights
  • I give advice to international trade associations on the application of the EU rules
  • I advise on EU trade law – work here includes giving advice to third country exporters from the Far East, North America and Eastern Europe threatened by anti-dumping duties; advice to non-EU governments on the application of the EU Trade Law Rules
  • I advise on UK competition law – this includes advice on investigations into a variety of industries, such as engineering, geographic information (mapping) and telecommunications
  • I advise on telecommunications – this includes acting for 'second tier' telecoms operators (resellers) on all commercial aspects of their operations, including regulation of them
  • I advised OFCOM on the detailed rules for unbundling the local loop (LLU)
  • I give advice on utility regulation – this includes advice on the use of slots at congested UK airports; acting for a UK gas and electricity regulator on both competition law and public law issues; and advice to a major water utility on its public obligations
  • I am a specialist arbitrator in telecommunications disputes, for example, on a dispute between the regulator and the incumbent telecoms operator of a country in the Arabian Gulf

Qualifications and career

  • University College, Oxford, MA History
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1976. Six months secondment to Legal Service of EU Commission
  • Partner at Clifford Chance, 1984
  • Senior legal advisor at OFTEL (now OFCOM), 1995
  • DTI (now BEIS), 1998
  • Partner at Theodore Goddard (which became Addleshaw Goddard), 1998
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2009

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Member, EU Committee, Law Society (Chairman 2013 - 2016)
  • Technical advisor to the Ministry of Justice on EU contract law proposals
  • Panel member Joint Bar Council and Law Society Tribunal
  • International Bar Association
  • Competition law section of the Law Society
  • Competition Law Association