Interest in EU matters is growing and, irrespective of the result of the pending referendum, our international clients will continue to have EU issues, and UK clients will continue to be affected by EU legislation in one way or another.

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The DWF Brussels office provides our UK and international clients with a central hub to access EU law support across various practice areas. Currently focussed on Competition and Regulatory work, the Brussels team has particular expertise advising clients from multiple sectors, including the DWF focussed sector groups in Central and Local Government, Food, Retail & Hospitality, Technology & Communications, Energy & Industrials, and Transport.

The office is led by Partner and Head of EU & Competition Jonathan Branton, alongside Director Brona Heenan. Jonathan has spent over ten years practising in Brussels and is independently recognised as a leading EU/Competition practitioner. Brona has been based in Brussels for nearly 20 years and has outstanding experience in EU and Competition matters, having represented numerous parties in European Commission investigations as well as dealing with National Competition Authorities. The office is also supported by Head of Retail, Food and Hospitality, Hilary Ross and widely recognised expert in EU Regulatory matters.

Expertise within the Brussels team centres on: 

  • Competition - including restrictive trade agreements or concerted practices, abuse of a dominant position, merger control and State aid.
  • Funding - including EU structural and R&D funds, such as ESIF, ERDF and H2020.
  • Regulatory and Single Market - including public procurement and other single market legislation in multiple sectors.
  • Trade - including EU trade defence measures such as anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard measures, andrelated customs measures such as classification, origin and other trade controls.
  • Brexit – including Implications for UK Competition Law.

Our dedicated team of lawyers from different European jurisdictions are experts in their field, with extensive experience of a broad range of topics. By combining this technical expertise with a commercial approach to complex legal issues, our advice is backed up by comprehensive data, know-how and support.


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Jonathan Branton

Partner - Head of EU/Competition

I lead the firm in EU/Competition issues, specialising in behavioural antitrust, merger control, public procurement and State aid, and all related issues of public funding, including the UK’s Regional Growth Fund, ERDF and ESIF. I also head up the firm’s Brussels office and the firm’s cross-discipline Public Sector group.

Hilary Ross

Executive Partner (London) - Head of Retail, Food & Hospitality

Recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s Top 100 lawyers, I advise clients on compliance and challenges across the EU in relation to products, systems and safety.

Brona Heenan


I am a highly experienced EU competition and procurement lawyer with extensive experience in representing leading US, Japanese and European clients across a broad range of industries, including media, telecommunications, energy and biotechnology.