Rhodri Thompson QC

Called 1989 Silk 2002
Rhodri Thompson

Rhodri is a senior silk specialising in competition law and European Community law. He is also a recognised leader in telecommunications law, public law and sports law.  He received the 2008 EU/Competition law Silk of the Year Award from Chambers and Partners. He is the Joint Chair of the Joint Working Party of the UK Bars and Law Societies on Competition Law and Honorary Treasurer of the UKAEL.
Rhodri was a founder member of Matrix and is the current Chair of the Management Committee.  He is a qualified negotiator and mediator and became a Civil Recorder in 2010.
Competition Law
Rhodri is a leading specialist in competition law.  Current cases include the Aggregates judicial review, the first case against the newly constituted CMA, intervention on behalf of HSBC in the MasterCard appeal to the EU Courts, and civil litigation against BT in the Air Cargo follow on damages action and a commercial dispute concerning the arrangements for charging electric vehicles at motorway service stations.
Rhodri was involved in the Tobacco appeals in the CAT and CA on behalf of Co-op and Somerfield, successful appeals against the OFT’s decision in respect of “cover pricing” in the construction sector and the closure of an Ofcom investigation of BT’s wholesale pricing.  Rhodri acted for Albion Water in the CAT and Court of Appeal in its long-running appeals in respect of competition in the UK water industry. He acted for the OFT in the Genzyme and Attheraces appeals before the CAT and for the European Commission in the Pre-insulated pipes cartel appeal to the ECJ. He represented Which? in the first “follow on” consumer damages action in respect of the Replica Kit cartel. 
European Union Law
Rhodri is also a leading expert in EU law. Rhodri advises and acts for a wide range of commercial and public bodies, including BT, the Bank of England, the BBC, the ORR and the European Commission as well as for private individuals asserting their EC law rights against the UK and EU authorities. Rhodri commenced his practice by working for two years in Brussels and is thus familiar with the different perspective and practice style of the EU institutions. As a member of the Treasury Panel from 1997 to 2002, Rhodri represented the United Kingdom in a series of cases before the ECJ. He has a specific expertise in telecoms regulation, pharmaceutical regulation and sports and media law.
Rhodri is currently advising and acting for BT in a series of major telecoms disputes and appeals, in particular the pending Ethernet litigation before the CAT.  He acted for BT in an appeal to the CA and preliminary ruling concerning the provision of directory information under EU law and  recently acted in a number of major dumping actions before the CFI on behalf of Chinese and Indian importers.
Administrative Law
Developing out of his EU law practice, Rhodri has appeared in a series of important EU-related public law cases both for and against the Government, including several of the leading cases relating to State liability for breaches of EU law, including Factortame, Dillenkofer and Three Riivers District Council v. Bank of England.
In the field of competition law, Rhodri has acted in a number of leading judicial review cases in the CAT, including the first case in which the Competition Commission was found to have made a decision that was Wednesbury unreasonable (Stagecoach).  Rhodri is acting for the newly constituted CMA in the first case brought against it (Aggregates).
Rhodri also appears regularly in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal in public law cases.  He is currently acting in a major State aid case concerning the refinancing of the operating company for the Ricoh football stadium in Coventry.  He acted in a judicial review and further appeal concerning the application of the EU public procurement rules to the Government’s Academies schools programme and a judicial review in respect of the powers of the BAA and CAA to confiscate aeroplanes from lessors to enforce the airport charges of their insolvent lessees.
Rhodri accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.