EU and UK competition law - merger and joint venture clearances, self-assessment rules relating to anti-competitive agreements, cartel investigations, dominant companies, market investigations, state aid rules and compliance programmes. He has substantial expertise in competition law and has advised leading clients in a large number of industries, representing them before competition authorities within the EU and EU based systems internationally and in competition follow-on damages claims in national courts
Public procurement (acting for utilities, local authorities and tenderers), commercial agency, distribution and other EU regulatory matters
He has regular dealings with the European Commission, Court of Justice and the Competition & Markets Authority.
John studied law at Queen’s University Belfast and completed a Master’s degree in European law at the Free University of Brussels. He is author of European Union Competition Law in the Airline Industry (Kluwer 2017), the UK competition sections in the Encyclopedia of International Distribution Law (Kluwer looseleaf) and wrote a chapter on competition law for Law and Business in the European Single Market (Law Journal Seminars Press 1993). He is published in journals such as European Competition Law Review, European State Aid Law Quarterly and Insurance Day.
He has spoken at seminars organised by the IBA, IQPC (energy), EFLA (food law) and within the London insurance market.
Advisory and transactional
Advising leading insurer and Lloyd’s on competition assessment of restrictions in binding authority
Advising oil companies on joint production and distribution arrangements and establishing JV
Advising leading global consumer electronics company on distribution agreements across EU
Advising US cosmetics manufacturer on distribution practices including online sales in the EU
Advising Asian conglomerate on acquisition of major UK retailer
Advice on EU motor vehicles block exemption in relation to Nissan dealerships
Advising dominant airline on travel agent rebate scheme
Advising Lloyd’s committees on EU competition issues (cargo war and terror, hull insurance)
Advising EU and non-EU airline on merger/alliance
Establishing and advising trade associations on competition compliance