COMPETITION ASSOCIATE – 3-5 YEARS’ PQE - BIRMINGHAM / LONDON
We are currently looking to recruit an Associate specialised in competition law to join the Competition, EU & Trade Group, and to be based in our Birmingham or London office. We are looking for a candidate who has 3-5 years PQE.
- We are looking for a candidate to work on EU and UK competition law matters. They will not be expected to advise on State aid/subsidy control, public procurement law or trade law.
- We would be interested in candidates from leading City or national firms, from the Brussels offices of City firms or in-house lawyers from industry or any of the competition regulators.
- Candidates must be technically excellent and have experience in a number (if not all) of the following fields: merger control, National Security & Investment, antitrust investigations and advisory including cartels, vertical agreements, abuse of a dominant position, market studies and investigations, competition litigation and consumer law. They should be willing to handle a mix of competition work in these areas.
- Experience of the energy, financial services, technology or pharmaceutical sectors would be of strong interest.
- We are looking for a candidate who is confident and articulate with a passion for competition law, and willing to take a lead role on matters and client relationships with appropriate partner support.
- We are also looking for someone who is commercially aware and enthusiastic about internal and external business development, and with an interest in innovation.
- They will be a team player with a strong client focussed approach.
- They will also have a strong academic background and excellent communication and organisational skills.
The Competition, EU & Trade Group
The Competition team at Pinsent Masons advises clients on the full range of UK and EU competition law issues from merger control and national security to antitrust investigations, competition litigation, consumer law, State aid and subsidy control, public procurement and international trade law. We understand the nuances of how competition authorities operate in different industries, with our sector approach enabling us to advise on market-leading matters.
Led by the Global Head of Competition, EU & Trade, Alan Davis, the team comprises 8 partners and 18 lawyers, of which 6 partners and 12 lawyers advise purely on competition law matters, with the remaining lawyers advising solely on public procurement law, State aid/subsidy control and trade law. The Competition team is based in London, Birmingham and Munich but works seamlessly as a single team. We also advise on Irish and Hong Kong competition law. The Birmingham team is lead by partner, Giles Warrington.
One of the key advantages of working for the Pinsent Masons Competition, EU & Trade Group is the wide variety of interesting and high profile work across all the key areas of UK and EU competition law, for example:
- Antitrust: We have extensive experience of advising on criminal and civil cartels investigations by the CMA and European Commission, including advising on Galvanized Steel Tanks and Precast Concrete Drainage Pipes Cartel cases as well as other cartel cases in the construction, cement, dairy and pharmaceutical sectors. We advised on the Yen LIBOR investigations by European Commission, FCA, CFTC, US DOJ, Canadian Competition Bureau and Swiss Competition Authority, and we advised MBNA/Bank of America on the long-running credit card interchange fee investigations by the European Commission and OFT. We also advised National Grid plc on the abuse of dominance investigation by Ofgem that led to an infringement decision and fine of £41.6 million and the subsequently successful appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
- Merger control: We regularly advise on UK, EU and multi-jurisdictional merger filings including the $1bn merger between AMC, Odeon and UCI group; Teva's £600mn disposal of Actavis; and University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust's £1.4bn acquisition of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. We also advised Groupe Eurotunnel on its merger control litigation against the CMA that reached the Supreme Court. We regularly also advise on filings under the new UK National Security & Investment Act, as well as national security filings in other jurisdictions.
- Market studies investigations: We have advised on many of the market studies and investigations undertaken by the CMA over recent years including Energy and Retail Banking. We also advised on market investigations in relation to funeral services, aggregates, local buses, private motor insurance and payment protection insurance, amongst others.
- Competition litigation: Our Competition Litigation practice is part of our Competition, EU & Trade Group and offers strength in depth across the whole range of high-value/complex and novel contentious competition law matters. We have a strong sector-focussed approach and an outstanding portfolio of clients and competition litigation matters across a variety of sectors including pharmaceuticals, construction products, automotive, energy and digital markets in particular. As well as stand-alone actions, we advise on the claimant and defence side of follow-on damages actions, including in trucks and interchange fees, We have defended Google in abuse of dominance proceedings before the English High Court and Court of Appeal. We also advise on appeals of regulators' decisions to the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the national and European courts.
- Consumer law: we advise extensively on CMA Consumer Protection enforcement (including in relation to leasehold housing, anti-virus software, and online gaming). Given the proposed reforms to the consumer protection enforcement regime (to provide the CMA with decision-making and fining powers similar to those for competition law enforcement), we anticipate this to be a growing area of focus for the CMA.
Examples or our high calibre clients include Google, Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, Post Office, E.ON, Hanson, the Go-Ahead Group, Tesco, KPMG, TEVA, Sun Pharma, BUPA, Allianz, Motor Fuel Group and Balfour Beatty.
This is an exciting time to join Pinsent Masons given the continued growth of the firm in the UK and internationally, including across Europe. It is also an opportunity to be a key part of the growth and expansion of the Competition, EU & Trade Group as we look to expand the team's presence in the UK and in Europe.
Consistent with the firm's culture, values and Purpose, there is a strong collegiate and entrepreneurial culture within the team. The team's business development activities are firmly focused on the firm's key sectors of Energy, Advanced Manufacturing and Technology, Financial Services and Infrastructure, as well as Government and Real Estate.
We also seek to embody the firm's Purpose around innovation and have created innovative solutions to benefit our clients. Recognising that the complex competition law merger filing process can distract clients from the strategic elements of an M&A transaction, we created MergeAware, an online solution to manage the full range of merger notification processes, from single jurisdiction filings, to complex multi-jurisdictional procedures, through a single user-friendly platform, for a more efficient service. Our team has also led on the creation of the firm's Dawn Raid & Critical Incident Tools, covering Competition, Health & Safety and White Collar Crime & Investigations.
About the Firm
Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, with over 3,400 employees operating out of 26 locations across Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. We have a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in a deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which our clients operate. Our global reach ensures that we are well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines.
The firm has significant multinational credentials in the financial services, energy, infrastructure, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. Services provided across these sectors include asset management and investment funds, corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans and incentives, technology and tax advice.
We champion change and promote progress to make business work better for people. Pinsent Masons has embedded a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives to create an environment in which its people can flourish. We operate an agile working scheme, which offers our employees flexibility in terms of where, and how, they work.
We stand out for our innovative approach to service delivery. For example, the firm has developed a number of in-house legal technology and project management solutions, operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario, and a global Diversity and Inclusion consultancy, Brook Graham. Put simply, we offer a range of professional disciplines to our clients, enabled by our people, process and technology.
Pinsent Masons has achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm, won the "Law Firm of the Year Award 2021 – Legal Business" and is recognised among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times. Please click here to view full list of our global awards and nominations - www.pinsentmasons.com/accolades
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