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Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes

Partner

Expertise

  • EU and competition law
  • Competition compliance
  • Litigation and disputes
  • Regulation, business crime and compliance

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Simon leads the firm's competition law practice.   He has extensive experience advising on competition law compliance, merger control, competition investigations and litigation.
 
Simon regularly works with businesses to develop and implement effective compliance training programmes for their staff.   He also advises on the competition law considerations arising from clients' day-to-day commercial arrangements.
 
Simon represents clients in investigations before the Competition and Markets Authority and the European Commission.   He has also advised in relation to cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg, as well as on competition investigations in a number of other jurisdictions, in Europe and elsewhere.
 
Examples of Simon's experience include:
advising a pharmacy under investigation by the CMA in relation to alleged excessive pricing of hand sanitiser products;
extensive support to businesses in the automotive sector, including on issues relating to structuring dealer networks through selective distribution and agency models;
advising Micronclean Limited, a main party in the CMA's infringement investigation into cleanroom laundries;
acting for a party in the CMA's infringement investigation into the use of most-favoured-nations clauses by Compare The Market;
advising a leading funeral care provider in relation to the CMA's market investigation into funerals;
acting for Hoyer Group on the CMA merger control clearance of its acquisition of the UK fuel delivery business of DHL;
advising Fenland Laundries in the CMA's merger control investigation of its proposed acquisition of Fishers Cleanroom;
acting for Skoosh International in support of Skyscanner's successful appeal before the CAT against the CMA's settlement decision in the hotel bookings case;
acting for Thorntons plc in the EU Merger Regulation clearance of its acquisition by Ferrero;
advising Ageas Insurance in the CMA's market investigation into private motor insurance;
advising numerous businesses on competition compliance, including providing face-to-face training and working with clients to develop competition e-learning.
 
Simon joined Shoosmiths from Hogan Lovells in 2012.  He previously spent four years working in Brussels.  Simon is recognised in the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories.
 

Education

BA (hons) in Law with European Law, 1st class - University of Nottingham
Areas of Practice

Competition compliance | EU and competition law | Litigation and disputes | Regulation, business crime and compliance | Dispute resolution and litigation

Articles

Reopening the Retail Sector - Competition Law Recommendations for Suppliers
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

  As non-essential retail stores get set to re-open, we share below some key recommendations for suppliers to help minimise competition law risk over the coming weeks and months. Current market conditions are tempting some people to reach out to their counterparts at competitors – but any competitor contact needs to be managed carefully from a competition law perspective...

Reopening the Retail Sector - Competition Law Recommendations for Suppliers
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

  As non-essential retail stores get set to re-open, we share below some key recommendations for suppliers to help minimise competition law risk over the coming weeks and months. Current market conditions are tempting some people to reach out to their counterparts at competitors – but any competitor contact needs to be managed carefully from a competition law perspective...

Re-Opening Dealer Networks – Five Competition Law ‘Watch Outs’
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

As dealer networks in the automotive sector re-open for business following the COVID-19 lockdown, we share below our main competition law watch outs for suppliers over the coming weeks and months. We know that current market conditions are tempting some people to reach out to their competitors – any competitor contact needs to be managed carefully from a competition law perspective...

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