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Competition and State Aid Overview

Serle Court is emerging as a leading chambers in Competition and Regulatory law, with Conor Quigley QC and Suzanne Rab, in particular, having extensive experience in EU and UK competition law regulating cartels, abuse of dominance, mergers and State aid as well as regulatory law (including public procurement law) across a range of sectors including, airlines, diamonds, energy, financial services, gas, healthcare, media, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, transport, waste recycling and water.

Conor Quigley QC has appeared in proceedings before the European Courts, the House of Lords, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court, as well as the European Commission and the Office of Fair Trading.  He is also a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Institute of European and Comparative Law.

Suzanne Rab has over fifteen years’ experience advising on competition and regulatory law, including in proceedings before the UK competition and regulatory authorities and the European Commission.  Suzanne is also a Visiting Fellow at Imperial College, London, specialising in the interface between intellectual property and antitrust.  Suzanne’s previous roles include experience as a director working within the economics practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

State aid and public procurement:  Conor Quigley QC is widely regarded as the leading expert at the Bar on EU State aid law and is the author of the highly acclaimed European State Aid Law and Policy (3rd edition, 2014, Hart Publishing and Bloomsbury Professional).  He currently advises major international and multinational companies, as well as governmental and municipal authorities, on matters including subsidies to airlines and airports, bank restructuring following the credit crisis, and urban transport and internet communications.  Suzanne Rab has considerable experience of both State aid and public procurement, in particular advising on their application to purchasing by energy and utilities companies.

Competition law: Conor Quigley QC has been involved in several major proceedings, including claims for damages, alleging breach of EU, UK and Irish competition law concerning inter alia diamond distribution, gas infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. Suzanne Rab’s work includes cartel regulation, commercial practices, IP exploitation and merger control, advising governments, regulators and businesses across the regulated sectors including in the communications, energy, financial services, healthcare/ pharmaceuticals, TMT and water sectors.  She also has international comparative expertise advising governments, regulators and businesses on the design and implementation of newer competition law regimes.  Suzanne is the author of Indian Competition Law, an International Perspective (first published by Wolters Kluwer, May 2012; with a supplement on cartel regulation published in January 2013). She is co-author of Media Ownership and Control: Law, Economics and Policy in an Indian and International Context (forthcoming in Hart Studies in Competition Law in 2014).

Energy Regulation: Both Conor Quigley QC and Suzanne Rab have extensive experience of the regulatory regime in the EU’s Third Energy Package concerning the EU energy liberalisation measures and their implementation into national law; including applications for exemptions from unbundling and third party access obligations, long-term electricity supply contracts and international gas supply infrastructure.


Chambers & Partners 2017

Competition Law

Conor Quigley QC
Leading practitioner in the field of state aid. He has recently acted on cases in the industrial and oil and gas sectors. He is also an expert in tax and public procurement matters.
Strengths: "He is the leading barrister in the area of state aid."
Recent work: Represented Romanian aluminium producer ALRO in proceedings in the General Court. The case revolved around a decision of the EC to open an investigation into alleged state aid. 

Legal 500 2016

EU and competition

Conor Quigley QC -  ‘He provides excellent command of the law and good tactical advice.’

Suzanne Rab - ‘Focused on the interface between competition law and economic regulation’

Public Procurement

Conor Quigley QC - ‘Great analytical skills and tactical advice.’



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Notable Cases

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