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DWF appoints new Head of EU/Competition in London

Leading legal business DWF has appointed Olswang’s former London Head of EU/Competition Howard Cartlidge as partner leading the competition team in London as the firm continues to invest in growing its capability in delivering competition and regulatory work for major UK and international clients.   

Howard has worked across multiple sectors, including leisure, life sciences and technology, media & telecoms, and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including acting for Cineworld on the investigation of its acquisition of Picturehouse Cinemas and acting for claimant At The Races Limited v the British Horseracing Association, the leading UK case on excessive and discriminatory pricing. He has substantial experience in advising clients on all aspects of Competition and regulatory law and has particular expertise in complaints to and investigations by the European Commission, the Competition and Markets Authority and the UK Office of Communications.

Howard will be advising DWF’s UK and international clients on all aspects of Competition Law, including competition law-based litigation and arbitration proceedings and competition issues raised by intellectual property licences, as well as UK/EU merger control.  The appointment will see Howard working with the team in DWF’s Brussels office, which was formally opened late last year, to strengthen the firm’s competition and regulatory offering and international capability generally.

Howard comments on his appointment: “I’m looking forward to working with colleagues at DWF and taking advantage of the firm’s network of offices to support clients. The firm has an established competition practice from which to build a stronger presence in London and meet the growing demand for competition and regulatory law, not to mention the impact now of Brexit-related moves. This area of law is becoming more significant to businesses from a compliance perspective, seeing growth in contentious work and damages claims and increased pressure on the UK competition authority to launch more investigations.”

Jonathan Branton, firm-wide Head of EU/Competition at DWF, says: “Howard is a very experienced competition lawyer who will be a great addition to the team. DWF is already acknowledged as a leading competition practice in the regions and in related areas such as State aid and public procurement and we’re continuing to strengthen our team, build our presence and bolster our capability across other areas of competition and EU law.  Since the referendum vote, never has it been more important to have cutting-edge advice in these areas to deal with the changes ahead and the inter-relationships of UK and EU law.  Howard’s appointment in London will  significantly enhance our competition and litigation offering accordingly, to the benefit of major UK, European and other international clients.”

DWF is developing its City offering and has seen a number of significant hires this year, including banking director Amrish Sharma from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, professional indemnity partner David Kidman from BLM , real estate director James Froud from Stephenson Harwood, Head of Corporate in London Matthew Doughty from Squire Patton Boggs and real estate partner Richard Birks from Eversheds.

Howard Cartlidge

Head of EU/Competition (London)

I advise on all aspects of EU and UK competition law. I help businesses to deal with the legal and policy aspects of regulatory disputes and investigations.

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 Central and Local Government sector group.