EU and Competition

Carson McDowell’s EU and Competition Team provides both contentious and non-contentious advice to clients on all aspects of competition law, sector regulation and other areas of EU law. The team’s comprehensive experience and wide-ranging expertise is unmatched in Northern Ireland.

Specialist areas of expertise include merger control law, cartels, abuse of dominance, competition investigations, State aid, energy, transport and bribery law.

Key Contacts

The team is the only dedicated EU and Competition Law team in NI and comprises:

Richard Gray, Partner, Joint Head of Corporate

Declan Magee, Partner, Joint Head of Litigation

What We Do

  • UK, Irish and EU merger control
  • Competition issues relating to all types of commercial contracts
  • Abuse of dominance issues, including refusals to supply
  • Cartels
  • Pricing issues
  • Competition compliance, including bespoke compliance programmes and training seminars
  • Competition enforcement, including dawn raids and leniency programmes
  • Complaints to competition authorities and regulators
  • Parallel trade issues
  • State aid, including investigations into the alleged existence of State aid, procedural issues and complaints to the European Commission regarding State aid granted to third parties
  • Free movement of persons, goods, services and capital
  • General EU Law, including food labelling legislation, product liability legislation, the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive and the Services Directive
  • European Convention of Human Rights
  • Bribery law, including risk assessment, drafting of bespoke compliance programmes and training seminars
  • Advising parties on court proceedings relating to EU and competition law, including judicial review cases

What Others Say About Us

​Chambers and Partners 2016 (Band 1)

What the team is known for

Impressive strength across the board handling EU, competition and regulatory matters. Continues to grow its bench with new hires, offering increased expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers were very proactive and always available; nothing was too much trouble for them."

Work highlights

Advised Danske Bank on the retail banking market investigation being conducted by the CMA.

Notable practitioners

Richard Gray has a background in corporate law and handles competition mandates as part of his wider practice. He often assists clients with implementing competition compliance programmes.

Significant clients

Translink, Ulster Independent Clinic, Wrightbus Group, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Saint-Gobain.

The Legal 500 (Tier 1)

What the team is known for

Impressive strength across the board handling EU, competition and regulatory matters. Continues to grow its bench with new hires, offering increased expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers were very proactive and always available; nothing was too much trouble for them."

Work highlights

Advised Danske Bank on the retail banking market investigation being conducted by the CMA.

Notable practitioners

Richard Gray has a background in corporate law and handles competition mandates as part of his wider practice. He often assists clients with implementing competition compliance programmes.

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