Antitrust

All businesses are impacted by antitrust rules to some degree, domestically or internationally or both.

Competition rules and regulations have both public and private law ramifications. Signature assists clients to navigate through this, whether they are the subject of investigation, the victim of anti-competitive conduct or an alleged offender.

We assist clients, whether they are the subject of investigation, the victim of anti-competitive conduct or an alleged offender.
The United Kingdom has one of the most active private antitrust enforcement regimes in the EU. Legislative reforms designed to facilitate private damages claims and enforcement, such as the new opt-out collective action regime, mean the UK is likely to continue to be a forum of choice for private litigants.

The team has worked for a varied client-base, from multinationals to SMEs, based within the UK, in the EU and outside it. Signature is uniquely placed for the following reasons:

  • Signature is able to operate in a conflict free space, and consequently can act for claimants or defendants in antitrust work;
  • Our lawyers have extensive experience in handling class and representative actions;
  • Signature has established links with litigation funders, whose involvement can often be the deciding factor in whether a private law claim will proceed; and
  • As an independent niche firm, we can work with the best competition lawyers in other jurisdictions, through a network of close contacts, to offer a seamless cross-border service.

Antitrust Team

Hailed for his extensive antitrust expertise, Simon Bushell is regarded by Chambers and Partners as a leading individual who “focuses on cases’ strengths”, and sources report that he combines an “outstanding legal mind” with a “commercial, strategic and straight-talking” approach.

Chambers and Partners

Simon Bushell

Simon is regarded as a ‘Leading Individual’ in The Legal 500 UK 2020 for his civil fraud and commercial litigation expertise, and is recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for his banking litigation work. The Legal 500 notes Simon is “an excellent litigator, constantly striving for ways to improve a case or undermine his opponents”, a “force-field of drive and determination” and he is “highly rated for high-stakes Russian and CIS-related disputes”. Chambers UK describes him as a “truly exceptional lawyer” and he has also been ranked as a Foreign Expert for his Russian dispute resolution work in Chambers Global. Simon became involved in Russian and CIS related disputes nearly two decades ago and continues regularly to handle matters with a connection to the region. Recognised for being “very clear-sighted and capable of identifying clear strategies for his clients to pursue“, Simon has been consistently ranked in Bands 1 and 2 for his civil fraud expertise in Chambers UK over many years.

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Antitrust Experience

Advising a European telecoms company on the enforceability of a distribution agreement following a ruling by the competition authority of a member state that the agreement was void under the antitrust rules of that state.

Advising an Asian manufacturer on defending a threatened injunction application by European customers for refusal to supply, following justifiable price increases for some of its products.

Acting for a manufacturer in defending claims of abuse of dominant position in the pharmaceuticals market, both in the UK and the EU more generally.

Acting for an alleged cartel member in its defence of private law damages claims brought in the UK.

Advising an alleged cartel member in challenging the jurisdiction of the English Court to deal with claims made against it.

Advising a manufacturer on possible challenges to an EU-wide exclusive market authorisation of a competitor’s product, including both public law claims against the EU and local regulators and private law action against the holder of the authorisation.

Advising on the enforceability of sale and purchase agreements between a manufacturer and its customer on grounds of illegal exclusive purchasing terms and price-fixing.

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