Our competition team has grown substantially in recent times, which has allowed us to strengthen and enhance our existing practice across the board, offering our clients a comprehensive range of advice and expertise. We cover all aspects of EU and UK competition law including merger control, antitrust litigation, cartels and investigations, state aid, compliance and other behavioural advice.

Having been involved in some of the most ground-breaking cases that have shaped the way in which competition law is enforced in the UK today, our insight and expertise gives assurance to our clients when navigating these sensitive matters.

The team now has over 20 lawyers, including those based in our office in Brussels. Some of the sectors in which we have particularly strong expertise are pharmaceuticals, financial services, media & telecoms, consumer and betting & gaming. In relation to the pharmaceuticals sector, we are involved in a significant proportion of cases currently before the CAT.

Our clients look to us for guidance on business critical matters. For instance, we regularly advise clients in relation to “dawn raids”, where they are being raided by the regulatory authorities. Some of the areas we typically provide advice to clients include:

  • cartels and anti-competitive agreements;
  • abuse of dominance;
  • competition complaints to regulatory authorities;
  • competition investigations, including leniency applications;
  • market studies and investigations;
  • competition litigation, including appealing regulatory decisions, standalone action and follow-on claims;
  • merger control, including advising interested third parties and opposing mergers;
  • state aid;
  • public and utilities procurement;
  • compliance programmes, training and audit;
  • joint ventures, strategic alliance and collaborative arrangements;
  • competition issues in distribution, licensing and franchising; and
  • regulated industry matters.

What people are saying


"Interviewees say that the lawyers are ‘sure-footed in their client handling’ and praise their ‘creative thinking; if there's a hurdle they are able to think of ways to get over it’."

Chambers UK 2020

"’The team is strategic, business-oriented, and very impressive in analysing complex situations'."

The UK Legal 500 2019

"'Macfarlanes stands out for its in-depth knowledge of the industry, commercial and strategically aware advice, and excellent technical legal and drafting skills’."

The UK Legal 500 2019

"Team members understand the need for speed and concision in providing legal advice. They are also extremely flexible and consistent in their delivery, as well as very knowledgeable of the industry and the client's business. They are capable of proactively spotting less foreseeable consequences relating to taking a certain course of action’."

The UK Legal 500 2019

"The team is described as "very responsive, pragmatic, knowledgeable and experienced."

Chambers UK 2018

"Recognised by Global Competition Review as a world-leading competition practice."

Global Competition Review