Competition law, merger control and  State aid regimes are complex and constantly evolving, both nationally and internationally, and there has been a significant rise in private enforcement in recent years. 

Our expert team has in-depth knowledge of competition authorities, regulators, courts and policymakers – particularly in strategically important sectors of the economy such as energy, water and telecommunications – leaving us ideally placed to navigate the legal challenges that arise in this rapidly evolving field, and equipping us to deliver clear, pragmatic and bespoke advice to our clients to help them achieve their strategic objectives.

Our services

Operating seamlessly across our UK and overseas offices, we draw on trusted international networks to provide our clients with comprehensive support across the following areas:

Merger control and joint ventures
Advising clients on merger control proceedings; supporting clients on appeals and other merger-related challenges; advising third parties on their participation in merger investigations; and co-ordinating the process of securing multi-jurisdictional merger clearances. 

Anti-competitive conduct
Advising on competition law compliance and how to engage effectively with competition authorities in relevant jurisdictions; engaging with competition law authorities (on filings, information requests, commitments and undertakings); and developing competition law risk management strategies and compliance policies.

State aid
Advising across the spectrum of s State aid issues from compliance to contentious matters, our sector knowledge means we can offer pragmatic and focused expertise across the energy, water, transport, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors.

Competition enforcement and disputes
Advising on all types of competition law enforcement proceedings and disputes (including leniency and settlement, internal investigations, dawn raids and data/document requests) and on claims (including funded claims) for competition law damages. 

  • 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.

  • Shepherd and Wedderburn "gives advice which is commercially astute" and "resources the team appropriately for any particular task".