Key sectors of the economy, such as energy, telecommunications, rail, water, aviation and ports, are governed by complex regulatory frameworks that affect access to, and the ownership and operation of, strategic assets. Our expert team is experienced in advising key players (in the UK and overseas), whether infrastructure owners, service providers, funders or regulators, on economic regulation.
More broadly, the activities of businesses are subject to a wide range of regulatory measures and government intervention on topics of public interest as diverse as ethical standards, health protection and lobbying, and have to manage relationships with an equally diverse variety of local and national regulatory agencies. We have in-depth experience of representing clients in their dealings with regulators, enhanced by our track record of working with regulatory agencies.
Operating seamlessly across our offices and working closely with trusted partners from related disciplines, we provide comprehensive support to our clients across the following areas:
Economic regulation: advising clients on price and tariff control and market access, providing input on the regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and in relation to regulatory enforcement and investigations (including appeals and disputes).
Public interest regulation: working with both businesses and public bodies on administrative and public law issues across a variety of public interest regulatory proceedings, including court action, governmental and other inquiries, and disciplinary proceedings and statutory appeals.
Regulation of lobbying: advising clients and intermediaries on the regulation of lobbying activities, where businesses or other groups seek, directly or indirectly, to influence the formulation of government policy.