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Regulatory, Trade & EU Law

Doing business globally

What is involved?

We are part of an increasingly regulated world. Organisations and individuals are protected and restricted by various rules and legislation, with comprehension and compliance being crucial to the commercial success of businesses. Regulatory, trade and EU law govern the way in which organisations carry out business globally.

Regulatory compliance requires expert advice and support due to the nature of regulation of certain sectors in the UK, much of which derives from the EU. It is important for businesses to have an understanding of the regulatory challenges they may be faced with. Our Regulatory practice is adept at providing businesses with solutions to complex regulatory issues.

Trade law is only going to become more crucial to businesses after Brexit. Even now, our trade law practice covers a wide spectrum of EU trade issues, ranging from trade remedies (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, safeguards, etc.) to liaising with trade officials to achieve the desired commercial outcome.

Our EU law practice covers diverse sectors, ranging from chemicals and pharmaceuticals to agriculture and fisheries, as well as all four of the ‘fundamental freedoms’ of the EU (free movement of goods, capital, services and persons).

Why choose Freeths?

We act for private and public sector clients on all aspects of regulatory, trade and EU law. This includes advising on:

  • Regulated sectors, from financial services to water and other utilities
  • Trade defence, including anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures
  • EU single market and customs union, including access post-Brexit
  • Free movement, including goods, services, establishment and capital
  • Brexit and its legal implications for international trade

Led by Andrew Maxwell, Freeths’ Competition team has a deep understanding of the UK regulators and their processes and broad expertise in EU trade defence and EU law. In addition, Paul Burnley leads our Corporate Defence and Regulatory team, while Adam Edwards heads our specialist Financial Services team and works alongside a number of lawyers specialising in insurance and insurance broking work.

You can depend on our considerable experience in handling regulatory investigations and ensuring compliance on behalf of organisations and individuals.

Meet the team

Regulatory, Trade & EU Law Lawyers

Christopher Ainsworth

Christopher Ainsworth

0845 271 6757

Paul Burnley

Paul Burnley

0845 017 8381

Adam Edwards

Adam Edwards

0845 274 6909

Lisa Gilligan

Lisa Gilligan

0845 272 5723

James Hartley

James Hartley

0845 077 9581

Simon Hobbs

Simon Hobbs

0190 835 0200

Andrew Maxwell

Andrew Maxwell

0845 128 6997

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Notable Work
  • Advising CMA Panel as seconded CMA Legal Director throughout a utility price determination in the water sector, including two multi-party hearings with Ofwat and Bristol Water.
  • Representing a UK construction company in European Commission anti-dumping proceedings and hearing involving Chinese imports, including liaison with UK Representative to EU.
  • Advising a number of clients on free movement of goods and the application of the EU external trade rules, including on anti-dumping duties and anti-subsidy measures and customs legislation.
  • Advising a private equity client on its representations to the European Commission on free movement of capital restrictions involving a Hungarian utility company.
  • Advising a large pub company on free movement and competition law defences to commercial UK broadcasts of English FA Premiership football matches via Greek satellite signals.
  • Acting for a brokerage and trading firm in respect of FCA investigation concerning its alleged role in a substantial overseas dividend arbitrage tax fraud.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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