You may have to deal with national, European and even international level authorities in sectors where the regulatory structure may have European or international (eg WTO or UN) aspects. We have in depth experience the regulation of economic activities in travel and aviation, technology, telecommunications and media, agriculture, food and fisheries, financial services pharmaceuticals and healthcare.
We have worked not only as partners in major City law firms, but also in government including the European Commission, the UK Cabinet Office, the OFT and Oftel: we are therefore well placed to advise trade associations and individual companies on the legal issues likely to arise during lobbying activities.
We can also help you with actions against Member States for government action in breach of EU Treaty provisions – applications for injunctions and damages or judicial review of decisions by public bodies. As we have also both worked for high profile government departments heavily involved in public sector regulatory litigation, we believe our experience will be invaluable in helping you achieve the best possible outcome if your case involves a public body.
We can also represent you in proceedings before the General Court and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
In April 2011 the UK exemption in relation to land agreements was repealed leaving many restrictions over land subject to competition law for the first time. Restrictive covenants, such as those contained routinely in commercial developments for shopping malls and in outdoor advertising agreements are all likely to be affected. The review of land agreements to determine the enforceability of such restrictions (and their ability to attract fines) will be important exercise in understanding any risks posed by them for many businesses.