Competition and Regulation
Our competition law and regulation team have a cross-disciplinary practice that covers all aspects of competition law and economic regulation, including:
- Administrative enforcement of EU and UK competition law prohibitions on anti-competitive conduct
- Actions for damages and injunctions based on competition law
- Market investigations and merger control
- State Aid
- Public procurement
- Appeals in the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), and at appellate level in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court
- Judicial review of regulatory decisions
- Criminal prosecutions for the cartel offence
- Specialist expertise in telecommunications issues (for more information please visit our dedicated Telecommunications page)
- Anti-dumping and other EU trade law issues.
Matrix members have an exceptional range of related expertise in public law, commercial law and economics, EU and international law, criminal law and employment law, all of which inform our competition law practice.
Matrix members have acted both for and against regulatory bodies and other public agencies, including the European Commission, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA; formerly the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission), and sector regulators such as Ofcom and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).
Members at Matrix have been involved in many important competition law cases in recent years. For example:
- Acting for HSBC in the appeal before the CJEU against the EU Commission’s decision finding the multilateral interchange fees set by MasterCard to infringe the prohibition on anti-competitive collusion, and we are acting for twelve well known retailers on their large-scale claims against MasterCard and Visa for damages in respect of such fees.
- Representing the CMA in a major market investigation appeal before the CAT brought by Lafarge Tarmac.
- Advising and acting regularly for British Telecommunications (BT) in a range of telecoms and competition matters before Ofcom, the CAT, the Court of Appeal, and in the CJEU. For example, BT’s successful appeal in The Number (UK) and Conduit Enterprises v OFCOM  EWCA Civ 1360, involving the supply of directory information by BT.
- Acting for the European Commission before the General Court of the EU in defence of the Commission’s Airfreight cartel decision in Singapore Airlines v Commission T‑43/11.
- Bellamy and Child’s European Community Law of Competition (7th ed, 2013) (chapter on abuse of a dominant position)
- Rhodri and Christopher are the editors (with Ros Kellaway of Eversheds) of UK Competition Law: the New Framework (OUP, 2015), a leading treatise on the various recent reforms to the UK competition law regime. The work includes contributions on individual criminal liability and on private enforcement of competition law in the domestic courts.
- O’Kane’s The Law of Criminal Cartels (the chapter on Civil Cartel Investigations in the UK)
- Montgomery and Ormerod’s Fraud (OUP looseleaf) (both editing and contributing the chapter on cartel investigations and prosecutions)
- Christopher is also a consultant editor of the ‘Competition Law Journal’.
Matrix has some of the leading practitioners in the field of prosecutions arising out of cartel behaviour. We successfully defended certain British Airways executives accused of having committed the cartel offence in respect of air passenger fuel surcharges.
Other related areas of specialist expertise include due process issues under EU and ECHR law, in respect of which many members of Matrix are well placed to advise and represent clients.