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Barristers' practice areas


Competition and regulatory work involves a mixture of commercial, public and (at least for now) EU law. The general competition law prohibitions under EU and domestic law apply to all types of economic activity, and work in this area also involves a range of sector-specific regulation (eg, in the telecoms, energy and financial services sectors). It also includes merger control under EU law and the Enterprise Act 2002. The work involves a mix of regulatory and court proceedings, with claims for damages for breaches of competition law taking on a higher profile in recent years. Related areas are State aid and the rules on public sector and utility procurement.