About Me

I am a Legal Director in our Competition & EU Law team in London with over 18 years' experience at the cutting edge of UK and EU competition law and policy having worked at regulators, competition authorities, in academia and private practice, with a particular focus on regulated sectors such as payment systems as well as sport, retail, consumer, financial, technology and communications markets more widely.

I have particular expertise as a competition enforcement specialist having joined Bird & Bird from the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) where I was a senior lawyer leading the PSR's first competition cartel investigation in the payments space. I also worked for several years at the Competition and Markets Authority, where I was the legal adviser on a broad range of complex and high-profile antitrust investigations and mergers (both at Phase 1 and 2). I also represented the UK's interests internationally at the OECD Competition Committee. This experience has given me valuable insight into antitrust enforcement, policy and regulatory practices, which means I am extremely well-placed to advise clients on every aspect of competition investigations from inception to closure, including complaints, cartel leniency applications, dawn raids, requests for information, evidence gathering, interviews, settlement as well as merger filings, sector enquiries, market studies and competition compliance more generally.

I bring in-depth experience and understanding on the application of competition rules to regulated sectors such as payment systems, as well as more widely to sport, retail, consumer, financial, communications and technology markets, having also worked previously as a competition lawyer at an international law firm. Additionally, I taught UK and EU competition law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I completed my doctorate in EU competition law. I have written widely on competition law, particularly on the most egregious restrictions of competition and my published work is often cited in academic texts and papers. I am also the co-author of a chapter in Bellamy & Child.

I am particularly interested in the fast pace of developments in digital markets and advising clients on how to navigate the challenges these developments will bring. I have also gained considerable experience advising on complex competition law issues affecting sport and retail and consumer sectors.
Education

Studied

  • LLB - English Law and German Law - King's College London and Passau University, Germany
  • Postgraduate diploma in EU Competition Law - King's College London
  • PhD in Law (EU competition law) - London School of Economics and Political Science

Admissions

  • Law Society of England and Wales in 2000
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Saskia King is outstanding. Superb knowledge of competition law. Very strong academic background. But practical and effective in her legal advice. Real expertise drawn from her experience working for regulators.

Legal 500 UK 2023

Legal director Saskia King is a key figure within the practice who is highly regarded for her proficiency in handling a range of antitrust enforcement matters.

Legal 500 UK 2024

'I value the personal touch and the ability to develop an understanding of our organisation and its needs. Saskia King has embodied these traits.'

Legal 500 UK 2024

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