Members of our Steering Group


John Davies

John Davies is the Chair of UKLegalFuture. An antitrust, competition and trade practitioner, he divides his time between Brussels and London. John’s practice focuses on a full range of competition and regulatory matters at both European and national levels. John is a senior partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Other Steering Group Members

Professor Sir Alan Dashwood KCMG CBE QC

Alan Dashwood was Professor of European Law at the University of Cambridge from 1995 to 2009 and is now Professor Emeritus. He is a Fellow, now Emeritus, of Sidney Sussex College, of which he was formerly Vice-Master. In January 2012 he became a part-time Professor of Law at City University. He is also a Barrister in Henderson Chambers, a Bencher of the Inner Temple and took Silk in 2010. He specialises in the law of the European Union, and appears regularly in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the EU. Before election to his Chair at Cambridge, he was a Director in the Legal Service of the Council of the EU. He was the founding Editor of European Law Review and was one of the Joint Editors of Common Market Law Review until December 2008.

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Anna Lyle-Smythe

Anna Lyle-Smythe is a Brussels-based practitioner advising UK and international companies on competition law and regulatory issues. She also advises a range of clients on the impact of Brexit on their businesses. Anna Lyle-Smythe is a partner at Slaughter and May.

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Anna Morfey

Anna Morfey is practitioner specialising in all aspects of contentious EU and competition law. She has represented clients across a range of industry/service sectors, in European and domestic antitrust investigations, commercial litigation including antitrust damages claims, and merger transactions. Anna Morfey is a partner at Hausfeld in London.

Anneli Howard

Anneli Howard is recommended by the Legal 500 and Chambers Directories as a leading individual in Competition, EU Law, Telecommunications, Aviation and Consumer Law/Product Liability. She is also recognised as a leading competition expert in the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists 2016. In 2014 she was shortlisted by Chambers Directory as EU/Competition Junior of the Year and she has recently been tipped as one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” for 2016. Other competition cases include PU Foam, National Grid v Prysmian Power Cables, Speed v SSJ, Justice for Health and Acushnet injunction proceedings. A former Référendaire to the British Judge at the European Court of Justice from 2000-2003, she has expert insight of the interaction between EU and domestic law, including telecoms, utilities and other regulated industries.  Anneli Howard is a barrister at Monckton Chambers.

Charles marquand 

Charles Marquand’s  principal areas of expertise are financial services law and company law. He is recognised as a leading practitioner for his advisory work in financial services law and regulation in the Chambers Directory of the Legal Profession. Before entering private practice as a barrister, he was a legal adviser at HM Treasury where he assisted in the negotiation of several EU Directives and drafted implementing legislation. He has also drafted a number of pieces of UK financial services legislation, including the legal framework for the dematerialised settlement of securities transactions. Charles Marquand is a barrister at 4 Stone Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn. He is also a member of the French bar and a visiting lecturer at Freiburg University due to commence a course on British politics and relations with Europe in the next academic year.

Darren Jones

Darren Jones is a technology, media and communications solicitor. Outside of the law, Darren has extensive experience in local and national politics and was a prospective Member of Parliament at the 2015 General Election. He’s the director of a think tank on digital policy and writes on technology policy issues for the Huffington Post. Darren co-chaired the Young Lawyers’ Group campaigning for Britain to remain in the European Union. Darren Jones is an in house counsel at a FTSE15 communications company. Darren Jones has just been elected MP for Bristol North West.

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George Peretz QC

George Peretz QC was on the Attorney General’s “A” panel of barristers that represent the Government on the most difficult cases until he took silk in 2015.  He frequently appears on competition issues before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and other UK courts, as well as the European Court of Justice and General Court. George is an acknowledged expert on State aid law, where he advises and represents a range of private and public sector clients: he is Joint Convenor of the UK State Aid Law Association, and UK country correspondent for the European State Aid Law Journal. George also represents and advises clients over a wide range of other EU and public law issues, with particular strengths in VAT (where he recently won a major case for HMRC in the Supreme Court), agriculture, freedom of information and pharmaceuticals (where he has recently successfully acted for the UK MHRA in a number of important High Court and Court of Appeal cases). George Peretz QC is a barrister at Monckton Chambers.

James Flynn QC

James Flynn QC is a leading competition law litigator at the London Bar. His wide experience at the Bar builds on his years of practice at a magic circle law firm in London and Brussels together with his work as a Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice. Current high profile cases in London include acting for Sky in the long-running Pay TV litigation and for GSK in its appeal against the UK’s first pharmaceutical patent reverse settlement proceedings. He has considerable expertise concerning the interface between Competition and Intellectual Property law, particularly on the licensing of standard essential patents and FRAND terms (acting for Qualcomm, IP Com and Samsung). Significant CAT appeals in recent years include acting for BMI in relation to the Private Healthcare Market Investigation; for Aer Lingus in its long-running dispute over Ryanair’s hostile shareholding; and for Asda in the successful appeals against the OFT’s Tobacco decision. His considerable experience of competition damages cases embraces follow-on (public examples include synthetic rubber and LCD screens) and standalone actions in the High Court, including acting for Inntrepreneur in Courage v Crehan, the first standalone damages case to go to full trial in the United Kingdom, and for Cardiff Bus in the first follow-on damages action to come to trial and to lead to a damages award. He also appeared in the leading cases on the interaction between criminal law and competition law. Recent appearances in competition cases in Luxembourg include cartel appeals and the interchange fees litigation. Notable previous EU cases include the leading authority on legal privilege in competition proceedings (Akzo Nobel) and the landmark Microsoft appeal. He was named as EU and Competition Law Silk of the Year in 2011 at the Chambers Bar Awards.  James Flynn QC is a barrister at Brick Court Chambers.


Jessica Simor QC

Jessica is recognised as one of the country’s leading specialists in EU, commercial, human rights and public law. She acts for a wide range of clients, ranging from large companies such as the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co, GE, Google, GNER, National Express, the Post Office, Ingenious Media and Welsh Water to regulators such as Ofgem, the ORR, Oftel and the OFT. She has also acted for Government departments such as DECC, MoD, BERR and NGOs such as WWF, Refuge, Liberty, Environmental Justice Foundation and MDLI, and for private individuals. Qualified in 1992, Jessica was a founding member of Matrix in 2000, taking silk in 2013. In 1993, she worked in the European Commission in Brussels, 1995-1996 in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and during 1997 as legal adviser to the Human Rights Ombudsman in Bosnia. Jessica Simor QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers.

Jo Dishington 

Jo Dishington is a legal professional specialising in antitrust and EU law and is the Global Antitrust Development Manager at Allen & Overy, Brussels.

Kevin Coates

Kevin Coates is a practitioner focusing in particular on advising companies in the electronics, technology, software and e-commerce sectors. He advises on all aspects of EU, UK and international competition law and also Chairs a Brexit Task Force. Kevin Coates is a solicitor and a partner in Covington & Burling, having joined the firm in 2016 after spending many years in the public sector, in the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission.

Kieron Beal QC

Kieron Beal QC is a barrister specialising in EU and competition law, public law, taxation and telecommunications. He regularly appears before both domestic and EU courts and tribunals in all areas of EU law and in private competition law claims. Kieron is instructed by central Government, regulators and private clients in advisory work and in proceedings before the domestic and EU courts, the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Competition and Markets Authority.  Kieron Beal QC is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers.

Marcus Booth

Marcus Booth advises private equity, alternative capital providers (ACPs), financial sponsor and corporate clients on all forms of M&A, alternative capital transactions, portfolio assistance and restructuring advice across the capital structure. Marcus Booth is a partner at White & Case and leads the firm’s ACP team in London Corporate, advising non-bank investors and funds in providing sources of capital and investment in transactions that span the credit spectrum.

Marie Demetriou QC

Marie Demetriou QC is recognised as a leading advocate in the fields of Competition law, EU law, Admin& Public law, Regulatory Law (including Pharmaceutical law and Telecommunications) and Human Rights. In 2015, she was appointed Standing Counsel to the Competition and Markets Authority and represents the CMA in its litigation before the Courts as well as representing a wide range of commercial clients, public bodies and NGOs. Before taking Silk, Marie was a member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel; and between 1999-2002, she was a Référendaire to Judge Edward at the European Court of Justice. In addition to her busy practice, Marie maintains an active academic role in the law. Marie Demetriou QC is a barrister at Brick Court Chambers.

Martin Coleman

Martin is a senior competition law practitioner. He has advised major businesses, public authorities and national governments on competition law issues and has led many cases before the European Commission and UK competition authorities. Martin Coleman is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Michael Hutchings

Michael Hutchings is a solicitor who specialises in EU and competition law. He worked for some years in Brussels as a partner in a leading law firm, advising on a wide range of single market legislation, and on competition, state aids and anti-dumping cases. He is a founder member of the Competition Law Forum which promotes discussion of competition law issues both in the UK and internationally. He is a part-time panel member of the Competition and Markets Authority.

Oliver Bretz 

Oliver is a practitioner who has been involved in a multitude of high-profile, high-value deals throughout his career. Oliver founded Euclid Law, the Competition Law Firm, at the end of 2014. Before founding Euclid Law, he spent 12 years as a Partner at Clifford Chance, spending 4 years from 2010 as Global Managing Partner of the Antitrust Practice and Head of EU Public Policy.


Professor Panos Koutrakos

Panos Koutrakos is Professor of EU Law and Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at City, University of London. He is the author of, amongst others, EU International Relations Law 2nd ed (2016) and the editor of many books. He has written widely in various areas of EU law, including external relations, internal market, and constitutional law. He is an editor of European Law Review (a leading journal of EU law in the English language) and has given evidence to the European Parliament and the House of Commons. Professor Panos Koutrakos is also a barrister at Monckton Chambers. 

Peter Wilding

Peter Wilding has over 20 years’ experience of working in European affairs. During this time he has practiced and lectured as a solicitor in EU law, been Head of Media for the Conservative Party in the European Parliament, and Director of CabinetDN, a Brussels public affairs consultancy. He regularly blogs about EU affairs for the HuffingtonPostUK, has written for The Guardian and the Observer, and has appeared on the BBC News Channel, Sky News, The Daily Politics and The One Show. Peter Wilding is the Founder and Director of British Influence.

Philip Souta 

Phillip Souta specialises in public policy, legislative and regulatory developments that affect financial institutions and corporates in the UK and across the EU. Phillip is Head of UK Public Policy and a barrister at Clifford Chance. Phillip is also co-head of the Clifford Chance UK electoral law practice advising financial institutions, corporates, industry bodies and campaigning groups.


Rhodri Thompson is a senior silk specialising in competition law, regulatory law and EU law. He is also a recognised leader in public law, telecommunications law and sports law. He formed part of the counsel team for Gina Miller in the Article 50 litigation in the Divisional Court and the Supreme Court.  He is the Joint Chair of the Joint Working Party of the UK Bars and Law Societies on Competition Law and Honorary Treasurer of the UK Association of European Law. Rhodri Thompson QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers.

Stephen Kinsella OBE

Stephen Kinsella OBE, Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts) is a practitioner with over 30 years’ experience of advising clients on all aspects of EU competition law with particular focus on cases in the media, technology and pharma sectors. Stephen has been involved in some of the highest profile EU competition cases of the past decades. He is past chair of the competition and trade law committee of the International Bar Association and past co-chair of the international committee of the American Bar Association section of antitrust law. In 2002, Stephen was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to British commercial interests in Belgium and in particular for his contributions as president of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and president of the Brussels Shakespeare Society. Stephen has been named one of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” on the Competition 2016 list of Who’s Who Legal. He was described to researchers of the publication as “one of the best in Brussels – indeed, one of the best in the world.” Stephen Kinsella OBE is partner and head of the European Antitrust/Competition group at Sidley, based in the Brussels office.


Stephen Kon

Stephen Kon is a widely recognised leading EU, competition and regulation lawyer with extensive experience advising clients on some of the largest and highest profile competition matters, both contentious and non-contentious, at EU and domestic level. He has acted for a number of international clients in proceedings before the European Commission, the European Court of Justice and the UK competition authorities. As an advocate, he has Higher Rights of Audience and has represented clients before courts and tribunals in contentious UK and EU competition matters. He is also a mediator accredited by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). He has worked on numerous leading cases and on many of the best-known large transactions of recent years. Stephen is a senior consultant in the antitrust / competition group at Macfarlanes LLP.


Tim Otty QC is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in public international law, sanctions law, public law and civil liberties and human rights law and, having practiced principally in commercial law as a junior barrister, has extensive experience of commercial disputes particularly with an international dimension. In addition to his work at the Bar he has been a visiting fellow or lecturer at Kings College London, the London School of Economics and Oxford University. He took silk in 2006 as the youngest in his year, and has, since then enjoyed wide experience as Leading Counsel at all levels of United Kingdom courts, other Commonwealth domestic courts, and a range of international courts and tribunals. He has appeared in more than 40 cases before the European Court of Human Rights and acted in an advisory capacity to United Nations office holders. His human rights experience dates back to the mid-1990s and his work as Counsel at fact finding hearings held by the European Commission of Human Rights into allegations of torture, forced disappearances and village destruction in South East Turkey. Tim has been cited in the independent legal directories as a leader in Public International Law, Civil Liberties & Human Rights Law, Public and Administrative lawand Sanctions law for a number of years and is one of only 11 UK silks ranked in Chambers Global 2017 in Public International Law. Tim Otty QC is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers.


Tim Ward QC is widely recognised as a leading litigator and advocate in the fields of EU, competition, and public law. Tim Ward QC is a barrister at, and joint Head of Chambers of, Monckton Chambers.

Tom de la mare QC

Tom de la Mare QC is a practitioner specialising in competition and EU law.  Tom has presented his cases in the ECJ/CJEU/ General Court, the ECtHR, the House of Lords/Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and most divisions of the High Court. Tom de la Mare QC is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers.

Professor Toni Williams

Professor Toni Williams is an academic with primary research interests concerning regulation and governance of economic development and market relations and regulation of race/gender relations. She is currently working on several projects in the area of consumer financial services that critically interrogate the claims of new regulatory strategies to promote economic justice by acting on market accessibility, fairness and financial literacy.  Professor Toni Williams is Head of the Kent Law School.