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Christopher Brown

“Extensive knowledge of competition law and is a very good lawyer…He’s a go-to for absolutely everything.”

Chambers & Partners 2021
Called: 2002 | Called (Ireland): 2018

Christopher’s practice focuses on competition lawEU lawcommercial law and public law.

Before coming to Matrix in 2009, Christopher served as a Referendaire (Legal Secretary) to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), where he assisted the Tribunal panels in the management and resolution of cases. Whilst at the CAT, he gained in-depth experience into the competition law enforcement regime in the UK and handled numerous appeals. He then became the sole competition practitioner at the law firm Farrer & Co LLP, where he advised clients across the firm.

Christopher was shortlisted for Competition Junior of the Year by The 2016 Chambers UK Bar Awards.

Christopher was called to the Bar of Ireland on 4 October 2018.

Recent and ongoing competition law and regulatory matters on which Christopher has acted include:

  • acting for a group of major retailers who sought damages from MasterCard and Visa in respect of multilateral interchange fees, the liability trials of which took place between June 2016 and March 2017; the retailers’ successful appeal took place in April 2018, with judgment in July 2018; the schemes’ further appeals were dismissed by the Supreme Court in June 2020;
  • acting for a new entrant on the academic dress market in a claim against Ede & Ravenscroft alleging abuse of a dominant position and anti-competitive agreements (Competition Appeal Tribunal, ongoing);
  • representing various claimants in litigation relating to the Trucks cartel;
  • acting for Lloyds Banking Group in defence of proceedings brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation alleging breaches of competition law in respect of the setting of USD LIBOR;
  • acting for the European Commission in defence of its two Airfreight cartel decisions;
  • advising the British Olympic Association (BOA) in respect of threatened action based on competition and EU free movement law by certain high-profile athletes in respect of the BOA’s application of Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter;
  • acting for the CMA in relation to the appeal brought by EDF and SSE against Ofgem’s decision to reject a code modification on charges to generators for the electricity transmission system in 2015/16;
  • representing a multiple retailer in defence of a restrictive covenant alleged by a property developer to be anti-competitive;
  • advising the Office of Rail and Road on various matters, including their concluded investigation into suspected abuse of dominance by Freightliner;
  • representing (with Rhodri Thompson QC) the Cooperative Group in its successful appeal to the CAT against the OFT’s Tobacco products infringement decision, and for Somerfield in its subsequent application (before the CAT and then the Court of Appeal) to extend time for appealing the same decision;
  • acting (again with Rhodri Thompson QC) for the applicant in Stagecoach v Competition Commission, in which – for the first time – the CAT found a decision of the CC to be Wednesbury unreasonable;
  • acting as legal adviser to the CMA panel inquiring into the Ashford St Peter’s/Royal Surrey County hospitals merger.

In terms of EU law, Christopher appeared (with Aidan O’Neill QC) in the Supreme Court in McGeogh v Lord President of the Council (compatibility of restrictions on prisoner voting rights with EU law) and in Shindler and MacLennan v Duchy of Lancaster and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] EWCA Civ 469 (challenge on EU free movement and citizenship grounds to the exclusion from the EU Referendum franchise of British nationals who have resided in other EU Member States for 15 years or more); (with Rhodri Thompson QC and Nicholas Gibson) in R (Sky Blue Sports & Leisure and Others) v Coventry City Council (State aid challenge to the decision of Coventry City Council to lend £14.4m to Arena Coventry Limited, operator of the “Ricoh Arena”); and (with Rhodri Thompson QC) in the Court of Appeal in R (Chandler) v Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (challenge on EU public procurement grounds to the procurement of Academies). Christopher has in addition advised on numerous free movement and procurement law issues.

Christopher’s sports law experience includes acting for sports governing bodies in relation to challenges made to selection decisions and advising bodies on regulatory issues. He also recently appeared before an FA Appeal Panel on behalf of an organiser of junior football leagues in its (successful) appeal against a decision of a regional FA removing its sanction of the leagues.

General contract law; arbitration; general commercial law.

All aspects, including human rights. Cases include R (Gallastegui) v Westminster City Council (Div Ct) (challenge to law banning tents and other structures in Parliament Square: compatibility with Articles 10 and 11 ECHR).

Co-editor with Ros Kellaway and Rhodri Thompson QC, UK Competition Law: The New Framework (OUP, 2015)

Contributor to Bellamy and Child’s European Union law of Competition (Bailey and John, eds) (8th ed, OUP, 2018)

Co-author, Gray et al, EU Competition Law: procedure and Remedies (OUP)

Co-author, Blackstone’s Guide to the Human Rights Act 19998 (6th ed, OUP, 2011)

Articles for a number of journals, including the Common Market Law Review, European Competition Law Review and Competition Law Journal

Consultant editor, Competition Law Journal (2015-2017; co-editor 2004-2015)

Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, 2001-2002

LLM in European Legal Studies, College of Europe, 200-2001 (mention très bien)

LLB in Law with German Law, King’s College London and University of Passau, 1995-1999 (1st class)

Queen Mother Scholar of the Middle Temple, 2001

Bar European Group

Competition Law Association

UK Association for European Law

Christopher is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Christopher needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Christopher’s privacy notice in full, please see here.

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DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"Extensive knowledge of competition law and is a very good lawyer.” “He’s a go-to for absolutely everything.” “He’s really hard-working and reliable,” and an “unsung hero."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Attention to detail, hard-working, excellent on his feet. He knows the law well and is willing to give a view where asked… Definitely one of the sector’s rising stars and a pleasure to work with. Expecting great things."

Legal 500 2021

"Responsive, hard-working and very clear in his advice”; “He is committed to understanding the details of the case and he gives sound strategic advice."

Chambers & Partners 2020

"He has a deep knowledge of competition enforcement law."

Legal 500 2019

"Delightful to work with – he takes complex arguments and distils them down. Nothing is too much trouble for him."

Chambers & Partners 2019

"Extremely easy to work with – he is responsive, intelligent, astute and collaborative."

Legal 500 2018

"An experienced and effective junior who is well known for his knowledge of competition law and his abilities in the courtroom."

Who’s Who Legal 2018

"A fabulously focused senior junior, who gets the big picture and provides prolific output."

Legal 500 2017
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Christopher Brown
Called: 2002 | Called (Ireland): 2018

“Extensive knowledge of competition law and is a very good lawyer…He’s a go-to for absolutely everything.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Commercial Law
  • Competition
  • EU Law
  • Public Law
  • Sports Law
  • Commercial Public Law

Christopher Brown

Contact Christopher: christopherbrown@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact Christopher's Practice Team (Team X): TeamX@matrixlaw.co.uk


Christopher’s practice focuses on competition lawEU lawcommercial law and public law.

Before coming to Matrix in 2009, Christopher served as a Referendaire (Legal Secretary) to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), where he assisted the Tribunal panels in the management and resolution of cases. Whilst at the CAT, he gained in-depth experience into the competition law enforcement regime in the UK and handled numerous appeals. He then became the sole competition practitioner at the law firm Farrer & Co LLP, where he advised clients across the firm.

Christopher was shortlisted for Competition Junior of the Year by The 2016 Chambers UK Bar Awards.

Christopher was called to the Bar of Ireland on 4 October 2018.

Competition Law and Regulation

Recent and ongoing competition law and regulatory matters on which Christopher has acted include: acting for a group of major retailers who sought damages from MasterCard and Visa in respect of multilateral interchange fees, the liability trials of which took place between June 2016 and March 2017; the retailers’ successful appeal took place in April 2018, with judgment in July 2018; the schemes’ further appeals were dismissed by the Supreme Court in June 2020; acting for a new entrant on the academic dress market in a claim against Ede & Ravenscroft alleging abuse of a dominant position and anti-competitive agreements (Competition Appeal Tribunal, ongoing); representing various claimants in litigation relating to the Trucks cartel; acting for Lloyds Banking Group in defence of proceedings brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation alleging breaches of competition law in respect of the setting of USD LIBOR; acting for the European Commission in defence of its two Airfreight cartel decisions; advising the British Olympic Association (BOA) in respect of threatened action based on competition and EU free movement law by certain high-profile athletes in respect of the BOA’s application of Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter; acting for the CMA in relation to the appeal brought by EDF and SSE against Ofgem’s decision to reject a code modification on charges to generators for the electricity transmission system in 2015/16; representing a multiple retailer in defence of a restrictive covenant alleged by a property developer to be anti-competitive; advising the Office of Rail and Road on various matters, including their concluded investigation into suspected abuse of dominance by Freightliner; representing (with Rhodri Thompson QC) the Cooperative Group in its successful appeal to the CAT against the OFT’s Tobacco products infringement decision, and for Somerfield in its subsequent application (before the CAT and then the Court of Appeal) to extend time for appealing the same decision; acting (again with Rhodri Thompson QC) for the applicant in Stagecoach v Competition Commission, in which – for the first time – the CAT found a decision of the CC to be Wednesbury unreasonable; acting as legal adviser to the CMA panel inquiring into the Ashford St Peter’s/Royal Surrey County hospitals merger.

EU Law

In terms of EU law, Christopher appeared (with Aidan O’Neill QC) in the Supreme Court in McGeogh v Lord President of the Council (compatibility of restrictions on prisoner voting rights with EU law) and in Shindler and MacLennan v Duchy of Lancaster and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] EWCA Civ 469 (challenge on EU free movement and citizenship grounds to the exclusion from the EU Referendum franchise of British nationals who have resided in other EU Member States for 15 years or more); (with Rhodri Thompson QC and Nicholas Gibson) in R (Sky Blue Sports & Leisure and Others) v Coventry City Council (State aid challenge to the decision of Coventry City Council to lend £14.4m to Arena Coventry Limited, operator of the “Ricoh Arena”); and (with Rhodri Thompson QC) in the Court of Appeal in R (Chandler) v Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (challenge on EU public procurement grounds to the procurement of Academies). Christopher has in addition advised on numerous free movement and procurement law issues.

Sports Law

Christopher’s sports law experience includes acting for sports governing bodies in relation to challenges made to selection decisions and advising bodies on regulatory issues. He also recently appeared before an FA Appeal Panel on behalf of an organiser of junior football leagues in its (successful) appeal against a decision of a regional FA removing its sanction of the leagues.

Commercial Law

General contract law; arbitration; general commercial law.

Public Law

All aspects, including human rights. Cases include R (Gallastegui) v Westminster City Council (Div Ct) (challenge to law banning tents and other structures in Parliament Square: compatibility with Articles 10 and 11 ECHR).

Publications and Lectures

Co-editor with Ros Kellaway and Rhodri Thompson QC, UK Competition Law: The New Framework (OUP, 2015) Contributor to Bellamy and Child’s European Union law of Competition (Bailey and John, eds) (8th ed, OUP, 2018) Co-author, Gray et al, EU Competition Law: procedure and Remedies (OUP) Co-author, Blackstone’s Guide to the Human Rights Act 19998 (6th ed, OUP, 2011) Articles for a number of journals, including the Common Market Law Review, European Competition Law Review and Competition Law Journal Consultant editor, Competition Law Journal (2015-2017; co-editor 2004-2015)

Education

Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, 2001-2002 LLM in European Legal Studies, College of Europe, 200-2001 (mention très bien) LLB in Law with German Law, King’s College London and University of Passau, 1995-1999 (1st class)

Prizes

Queen Mother Scholar of the Middle Temple, 2001

Professional Memberships

Bar European Group Competition Law Association UK Association for European Law

Articles and Downloads

Article: Breach of EU Law as a Basis for Relief in Judicial Review Proceedings Article: Towards a Class Action Regime or Competition Litigation in the United Kingdom: An Assessment of the Government’s Proposals Paper: The CAT’s Construction judgments: an overview Seminar: Deconstructing Construction: Lessons from the CAT’s Judgments Conference Paper: The Judicial Application of European Competition Law Article: Efficiency defences in abuse of dominance cases Article: Fair or foul? Competition law and the financial regulation of football
Christopher's Privacy Notice

Christopher is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Christopher needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Christopher’s privacy notice in full, please see here.


DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"Extensive knowledge of competition law and is a very good lawyer.” “He’s a go-to for absolutely everything.” “He’s really hard-working and reliable,” and an “unsung hero."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Attention to detail, hard-working, excellent on his feet. He knows the law well and is willing to give a view where asked… Definitely one of the sector’s rising stars and a pleasure to work with. Expecting great things."

Legal 500 2021

"Responsive, hard-working and very clear in his advice”; “He is committed to understanding the details of the case and he gives sound strategic advice."

Chambers & Partners 2020

"He has a deep knowledge of competition enforcement law."

Legal 500 2019

"Delightful to work with – he takes complex arguments and distils them down. Nothing is too much trouble for him."

Chambers & Partners 2019

"Extremely easy to work with – he is responsive, intelligent, astute and collaborative."

Legal 500 2018

"An experienced and effective junior who is well known for his knowledge of competition law and his abilities in the courtroom."

Who’s Who Legal 2018

"A fabulously focused senior junior, who gets the big picture and provides prolific output."

Legal 500 2017