I am an associate in our Competition & EU Law based in Brussels. My practice covers all areas of competition law (both EU and UK) and I have also advised on the application of procurement law to contracting authorities, public bodies, utilities and EU institutions.

The cases I enjoy most are those that have a crossover between competition law and IP and I have advised on all sorts of projects from copyright to biotech and chemicals to semiconductors. I love the challenge of first having to understand how different industries and sectors work before being able to apply the competition rules. The digital single market is providing lots of challenges to competition law and it is interesting to see how legislators and courts apply long standing rules to new areas.

I worked for a few years with Bird & Bird when I first moved to Brussels. It was the first outpost on the continent at that time but now the firm has offices in so many countries, right across the world. This firm never sits still, but it is still full of interesting people who come together to solve their client's legal issues in new and innovative ways. There is a real openness to thinking differently and to finding new ways of doing things.

While it was never part of any particular plan, I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to live and work in Brussels and be part of the whole European project.

  • I have lived and worked in Brussels since qualification as a Solicitor in 1992. I particularly enjoy cases involving the interface between IP and competition law. I have advised on cartels in a number of different sectors, on joint ventures and technology licencing as well as representing clients before the European Commission and UK CMA. I have also worked on merger notifications at EU and national level.
  • Philips Sony CD Audio/Rom
  • CISAC
  • Hitachi DRAM
  • Refrigerants
  • Single Resolution Board
Education
  • Trinity College LLB 1985-1989
  • Kings College LLM
Admissions
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Brussels Bar