Consultant

Experience

Edward is a corporate and commercial lawyer with 35 years' experience in EU and UK competition law, international trade law and utility regulation, and practiced in Brussels for 12 years. Edward is recommended by Chambers and Legal 500, and appears in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in the UK.

Examples of recent work

  • EU competition law - Defending clients in EU Commission investigations into a wide range of industries, such as base metals, medical devices, films and television rights
  • Advice to international trade associations on the application of the EC rules
  • EU trade law - Advice to third country exporters from the Far East, North America and Eastern Europe threatened by anti-dumping duties; advice to non-EU governments on the application of the EC Trade Law Rules
  • UK competition law - Advice on investigations into a variety of industries, such as engineering, geographic information (mapping) and telecommunications (such as advice to the UK Cable Protection Committee representing the interests of the operators of major cables across the Atlantic and under the North Sea)
  • Telecommunications - Acting for 'second tier' telecoms operators (resellers) on all commercial aspects of their operations, including regulation of them
  • Advice to OFCOM on the detailed rules for unbundling the local loop (LLU)
  • Utility regulation - Advice on the use of slots at congested UK airports; acting for a UK gas and electricity regulator on both competition law and public law issues; and advice to a major water utility on its public obligations
  • Specialist arbitrator in telecommunications disputes, for example, on a dispute between the regulator and the incumbent telecoms operator of a country in the Arabian Gulf

Qualifications and career

  • University College, Oxford, MA History
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1975
  • Partner at Clifford Chance, 1984
  • Senior legal advisor at OFTEL (now OFCOM), 1995
  • DTI (now BIS), 1998
  • Partner at Theodore Goddard (which became Addleshaw Goddard), 1998
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2009

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Chairman, EU Committee, Law Society
  • Technical advisor to the Ministry of Justice on EU contract law proposals
  • Panel member Joint Bar Council and Law Society Tribunal
  • International Bar Association
  • Competition law section of the Law Society
  • Competition Law Association

Publications

  • Author of the chapter on competition law in "Telecommunications Law and Regulation" (4th edition, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Occasional visiting lecturer at universities in the UK and abroad
  • Numerous articles in legal periodicals