Competition law

Members of Three Stone have substantial expertise in UK and EU competition (antitrust) law, spanning abuse of dominance, cartels, restrictive commercial practices, mergers, public procurement, and State Aid, as well as related areas of EU, public, and regulatory law.

Members have particular expertise as regards the application of competition law to intellectual property, research and development, IT, telecommunications, sport, media, entertainment, and vertical agreements. Members also have considerable experience advising on EU and international free trade law, particularly in relation to intellectual property, parallel imports and cross-border services.

Members of Three Stone handle both litigation and advisory aspects of competition law, including damages claims, advice on drafting agreements and compliance. We represent parties before the main UK and EU competition authorities and courts, as well as licensing tribunals and arbitration forums.

Jonathan D. C. Turner’s textbook, “Intellectual Property and EU Competition Law (2nd Edn, OUP, 2015) has been cited with approval in the Court of Appeal (Jacob LJ in L’Oréal v Bellure) and has been described as “authoritative, succinct and precise” (John Townsend, Modern Law Review), “full both of clear descriptions of the law but also thorough well-researched footnoted text of the kind any proper examination of the law and clients’ problems requires” (Susan Singleton, European Intellectual Property Review) and “set to become the leading work of reference on this difficult, but very important, subject” (David Vaughan CBE QC, in the Foreword to the first edition)

  • What the directories say
    • David Went is praised for
      "his quick understanding of their business models... in a wide range of competition matters from merger control to behavioural complaints."
      Chambers & Partners UK 2015
    • David Went is "a renowned competition law expert” who is “an authority on cartels, dominance, mergers, and State aid cases".Who's Who Legal: UK Bar 2016
    • David Went is as “innovative as my risk tolerance would allow. [His] knowledge of the law was fantastic and business acumen top notch … applying solutions in a persuasive way and being creative in problem solving.”IFLR1000 2012 – Western Europe, Regional Rankings, EU Competition Law