Our competition team has grown substantially in recent times, which has allowed us to strengthen and enhance our existing practice across the board, offering our clients a comprehensive range of advice and expertise. We cover all aspects of EU and UK competition law including merger control, antitrust litigation, cartels and investigations, state aid, compliance and other behavioural advice.

Having been involved in some of the most ground-breaking cases that have shaped the way in which competition law is enforced in the UK today, our insight and expertise gives assurance to our clients when navigating these sensitive matters.

The team now has over 20 lawyers, including those based in our office in Brussels. Some of the sectors in which we have particularly strong expertise are pharmaceuticals, financial services, media & telecoms, consumer and betting & gaming. In relation to the pharmaceuticals sector, we are involved in a significant proportion of cases currently before the CAT.

Our clients look to us for guidance on business critical matters. For instance, we regularly advise clients in relation to “dawn raids”, where they are being raided by the regulatory authorities. Some of the areas we typically provide advice to clients include:

  • cartels and anti-competitive agreements;
  • abuse of dominance;
  • competition complaints to regulatory authorities;
  • competition investigations, including leniency applications;
  • market studies and investigations;
  • competition litigation, including appealing regulatory decisions, standalone action and follow-on claims;
  • merger control, including advising interested third parties and opposing mergers;
  • state aid;
  • public and utilities procurement;
  • compliance programmes, training and audit;
  • joint ventures, strategic alliance and collaborative arrangements;
  • competition issues in distribution, licensing and franchising; and
  • regulated industry matters.

What people are saying


"The team is described as "very responsive, pragmatic, knowledgeable and experienced."

Chambers UK 2018

"Malcolm Walton leads the 'excellent' practice at Macfarlanes LLP, which was joined by Cameron Firth, Christophe Humpe, Tom Usher, and 'commercial and pragmatic' senior consultant Stephen Kon (who is praised for his 'technically brilliant and creative advice') from King & Wood Mallesons."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"We were really impressed with Macfarlanes' service, availability and passion to drive the case forward.' and 'the team is very polished and technically very good."

Chambers UK 2017

"Recognised by Global Competition Review as a world-leading competition practice."

Global Competition Review