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Competition lawyers

Competition law risk is increasingly a board level issue. All businesses need to focus on its impact on their activities.

Mergers require strategic thought up front, as to structuring and substantive competition risk. Pricing and distribution strategies need to be attuned to potential allegations of dominance. Cartel risk needs to be identified and assessed quickly, but accurately. Practical, and sometimes innovative, solutions need to be found in a fast-moving commercial context.

Our team of competition lawyers has extensive experience in helping to navigate these difficult paths so that clients can keep their focus on their business. We have in-depth knowledge of how the competition rules apply in practice across different markets. Our sector focus helps us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues.

We can help you devise your business strategies to address these challenges and take advantage of the opportunities they offer. We also have hands-on experience of dealing with the competition authorities and courts, and we work with our CMS network of specialist competition lawyers across the EU and beyond. We're experienced in acting on high-profile competition and dawn raid investigations before the UK and EU competition authorities, and we also deal with sector regulators including ORR, Ofgem, and Ofcom. We regularly advise on day-to-day competition issues including commercial agreements and practices, compliance programmes and provide competition law training and audits.

The CMS Competition Practice Group has more than 150 competition lawyers, making it one of the largest competition teams within Europe. Our experts provide you with tailor-made advice on competition issues at both the European Union (EU) and national levels. The competition lawyers spread across the CMS offices are supported by the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels.

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Brian Sher
Brian Sher
Part­ner
Co-head of Competition
Lawyer
United Kingdom, London
Brian is a partner and co-leads the Competition Team. He has practised exclusively in the field of EU and UK competition law and merger control for over 20 years. Brian has substantial UK and EU...
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Jan Burgess
Part­ner
Head of Health & Safety
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
United Kingdom, London
Jan Burgess heads the Health and Safety team covering the whole of the UK, is a solicitor-advocate, and has practised as a litigator for over 20 years – the vast majority of that has been dedicated t...
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Graeme Young
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
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...
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Caroline Hobson
Part­ner
Co-head of Competition
United Kingdom, London
Caroline co-leads the CMS UK Competition Team advising on a wide range of EU and UK competition law and regulatory issues. Caroline has particular experience in the consumer products, financial...
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Judith Aldersey - Williams
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Judith Aldersey-Williams has 25 years' experience as a commercial lawyer in London and Aberdeen.  She advises energy industry clients in the UK and internationally on commercial contracts, including j...
Jeremy Mash
Jeremy Mash
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Jeremy Mash is a partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team in London. He has over twenty years of experience working on high value disputes, including domestic and cross-border litigation,...
Kabir Garyali
Kabir Garyali
Of Coun­sel
United Kingdom, London
Kabir is Of Counsel in the CMS Competition Team in London. He has practised in the field of EU and UK competition law and merger control for over 7 years. His experience includes conduct of merger...
Jacqueline Redares
Jacqueline Rédarès
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Jacqueline is a Senior Associate in the Health and Safety team.
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John Markham
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
John Markham qualified with the firm in 1996 and advises on all aspects of competition law, merger control, procurement law and trade sanctions. He works with clients in all sectors, with a strong...
Jacqueline Vallat
Jacqueline Vallat
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Jackie Vallat is a Senior Associate in the Competition & Trade Team in London and advises on a range of antitrust and merger control issues, including obtaining EU and UK merger control clearances,...