Overview

Richard is a partner in our Competition & EU Law Group, based in London.

He has 30 years experience of EU and UK competition law, competition regulation and EU law.  Richard’s experience covers all aspects of competition law, including anti-trust, merger control, and the EU state aid rules.

Richard advises extensively on Brexit including the effects of the positions adopted by the EU and by the UK government and the implications for businesses.  He has written numerous articles, spoken at various seminars and been quoted in the national and legal media on Brexit issues.

Richard advises on competition law in relation to a wide range of sectors and has extensive experience of advising on EU and UK anti-trust law on supply, licensing, distribution, merchandising, energy and utilities, joint venture and many other commercial agreements and on a wide range of issues concerning abuse of dominance.  He has represented clients in competition law cases in the European Commission and the UK authorities including the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and also in the European Court of Justice and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.  He has particular experience as regards the interface of competition law and intellectual property.

He is currently Chair of the Law Society's Competition Section.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. "Richard Eccles of Bird & Bird is widely acclaimed by commentators for his excellent command of all aspects of competition law. He is deemed 'thorough, detailed in his analysis and keen to engage with the customer'".

    Chambers UK 2013
  2. "With over 20 years of experience, Richard Eccles oversees the work of the practice. He is deemed adept at handling an array of different concerns, including merger work and state aid issues".

    Chambers UK 2012
  3. "Sources describe him as 'a specialised and impressive practitioner'".

    Chambers UK 2011