solicitors cheltenham

EU & Competition Law

Julian Maitland-Walker’s long established reputation as an EU and competition law specialist has led to us becoming the leading niche UK specialist practice in the field.

Maitland Walker’s areas of expertise include the following:

Competition/anti-trust litigation

Maitland Walker is one of the leading law firms in competition litigation, acting for both claimants and defendants, both in the English and European Courts. We brought the first follow-on damages claim and the first successful application for interim measures in the UK.

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Competition investigations

Maitland Walker has unrivalled experience in pursuing and defending complaints and other investigations before the European Commission, the Office of Fair Trading, the Competition Commission (now the Competition and Markets Authority) and the Competition Appeals Tribunal.


Maitland Walker regularly undertakes competition law compliance audits for clients, setting up compliance and training programmes.

We also advise on leniency applications and the obtaining of immunity across jurisdictions.

Trade law

Maitland Walker has acted in many of the leading UK cases involving the free movement of goods and freedom of establishment, both at a regulatory level and in the Courts.

We’ve also acted in major WIPO and anti-dumping cases involving many industrial sections sectors, ranging from consumer goods to pharmaceuticals.


Maitland Walker has considerable experience in dealing with regulatory authorities, including the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency on all aspects of the licensing of pharmaceutical and medical appliances.

State aids and public procurement

Maitland Walker is one of the leading advisers to public and private bodies on issues of state aids and public procurement. Clients include local authorities, universities and research institutes.

For further information please contact Julian Maitland-Walker.

For more information on EU & Competition Law please contact
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The types of cases in which the firm acts include

  • Competition/anti-trust litigation
  • Competition investigations
  • Compliance
  • Trade law
  • EU Regulatory law
  • State aids and public procurement

Significant cases include:

  • Acted on merger of number 1 and 2 competitors in UK gaming machine sector under UK merger rules.

  • Successfully acted on major UK supermarket chain merger before the OFT and the Competition Commission with an appeal to the Competition Appeals Tribunal on a partial divestment issue.

  • Obtained UK and Irish clearance on Anglo Irish merger in the ship transport sector.

  • Advising on concentrative joint venture in the electricity generation industry and obtaining EU merger clearance.

  • Advising on collaborative/concentrative joint venture in the civil aircraft industry and negotiating and obtaining EU merger clearance.