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Graeme Young

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French, Italian
Competition

Graeme Young is a partner specialising in all aspects of EU and UK competition law. This includes advising on compliance issues, provision of dawn raids, supply and distribution agreements, joint ventures and strategic commercial agreements, merger control.

He has also advised on a number of competition law investigations under the Competition Act and competition litigation before the courts (in Scotland and in England & Wales). Graeme has specific experience in the regulated utilities sectors, including airports and aviation and other transport sectors.

He has an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges and regularly advises on EU trade and regulation, including EU single market issues, procurement and state aid.

Graeme is dual-qualified (Scotland and England & Wales). He is the Chair of the Competition Section of the Law Society of England & Wales and a member of the Steering Committee of the Scottish Competition Forum.

With a reputation for giving practical commercial advice on complex competition and regulatory issues he is "impressively focused on getting the right result for the client" Chambers UK.

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“impressively focused on getting the right result for the client"

Chambers

"a detailed lawyer, excellent, very responsive"

Chambers

Relevant experience

  • A FTSE250 company on a competition law compliance review and audit, including conducting a survey of around 60 senior managers and interrogating the company's policies and processes for compliance and dawn raid responses.
  • Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. on a range of airport and aviation related regulatory matters, including broader competition law, procurement and state aid issues.
  • A complainant on a Competition Act investigation into suppliers of access control and alarm systems to retirement homes (Ref: CA98/03/2013 (CE/9248-10)).
  • A major financial institution on compliance and dawn raids.
  • A major energy utility on a Competition Act investigation by Ofgem (abuse of dominance).
  • Merger control assessment of a UK acquisition of a company engaged in the supply and distribution of ingredients and accessories for the ice cream industry.
  • South Lanarkshire Council Advised on competition law issues associated with the operation of subsidised bus services following a challenge by a private sector bus operator.
  • British Telecommunications Plc v The Common Services Agency [2014] CSOH 44 (advising NHS Scotland on obtaining the lifting of automatic suspension (interim interdict ) on the award of the strategic contract for a public services communications network available for the use of public service organisations within Scotland (Court of Session).
  • SGN on competition and procurement aspects of the Gas to the West project (extending the gas network to the west of NI through the award of new transmission and distribution network licences).
  • A bidder on competition and merger control aspects of a joint venture for the UK. Government’s Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Commercialisation Programme.
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Memberships

  • Former Chair, The Law Society's Competition Section
  • Procurement Lawyers’ Association
  • UK State Aid Law Association
  • Scottish Competition Forum
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Public Procurement

Graeme Young is a partner advising on EU and UK competition law, public procurement and state aid. This includes advising on cartel and other competition investigations, compliance and dawn raids, supply and distribution agreements, joint ventures and strategic commercial agreements, merger control and private enforcement.

Graeme also advises on public procurement and state aid issues. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Public Procurement Law and is an active member of the UK Procurement Lawyers Association. He regularly advises on procurement and state aid aspects of IT and capital infrastructure projects and on procurement challenges.

He has specific expertise in the financial services and the energy and utilities sectors. Graeme worked as in-house counsel at National Grid and Centrica and has advised on a variety of competition and regulatory issues in the energy, water, telecoms and transport sectors, including UK merger control and Competition Act investigations. 

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“impressively focused on getting the right result for the client"

Chambers

"a detailed lawyer, excellent, very responsive"

Chambers

Relevant experience

  • A Competition Act investigation into suppliers of access control and alarm systems to retirement homes.
  • A major financial institution on compliance and dawn raids.
  • A major energy utility on competition (metering), regulatory and procurement matters (gas holder decommissioning).
  • A major energy utility on a Competition Act investigation by Ofgem (abuse of dominance).
  • Merger control assessment of a UK acquisition of a company engaged in supplying ingredients and accessories for the ice cream industry.
  • Scottish Water on the introduction of retail competition in Scotland.
  • Patersons of Greenoakhill Ltd v South Lanarkshire Council [2014] (successful defence of an award decision and securing lifting of automatic suspension).
  • British Telecommunications plc v NHS Scotland [2014] (successful defence of an award decision and securing lifting of automatic suspension).
  • Buchanan Partnership on funding and contract arrangements for the Buchanan Quarter Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) scheme (procurement and state aid).
  • City of Edinburgh Council on procurement and state aid aspects of its Connected Capital Wi-Fi project.
  • Transport Scotland on the procurement of a number of major road and rail projects (under competitive dialogue), including the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), M8 improvements and the new Borders Railway.
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Education

1996 - LLM in European Law, College of Europe, Bruges

1995 - Law, Dip LP, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

1994 - Law, LLB (Hons), University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Memberships

  • Former Chair, The Law Society's Competition Section
  • Procurement Lawyers’ Association
  • UK State Aid Law Association
  • Scottish Competition Forum
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