Winner: The Lawyer Awards Competition/Regulatory Team of the Year 2012
27 June 2012
International legal practice Norton Rose LLP has won the award for Competition/Regulatory Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2012.
The accolade was given jointly to Norton Rose LLP and the other firms advising the co-appellants in a successful appeal against a decision by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The case concerned alleged anti-competitive pricing practices for tobacco products in the UK by major tobacco suppliers and a number of leading retailers.
Norton Rose LLP advised the UK supermarket group Asda (part of Wal-Mart) in the appeal, which was one of the most significant competition law cases in the UK last year. The judgment from the Competition Appeal Tribunal in December 2011 quashed the OFT's decision in relation to the appellants and overturned the fines which the OFT had imposed on them.
The Norton Rose LLP team was led by Mark Jones (partner) working with Peter Scott (partner), assisted by Caroline Thomas (senior associate), Ian Giles (senior associate), Mark Daniels (associate), Yasmine Gaspard (associate), and Celine Fang (associate).
Mark Jones commented: “This long-running case involved a number of novel and complex legal issues. We are delighted with the result we achieved for Asda and very pleased with the recognition of that through this award.”
The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 26 June 2012.
The Antitrust, Competition and Regulatory practice at Norton Rose Group consists of more than 100 competition law specialists based in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Canada and Latin America. Our practice is at the cutting edge of developing competition, antitrust and regulatory work and we have a leading international reputation.
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Norton Rose LLP is a member of Norton Rose Group, a leading international legal practice offering a full business law service to many of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations from offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia. Knowing how our clients’ businesses work and understanding what drives their industries is fundamental to us. Our lawyers share industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders, enabling us to support our clients anywhere in the world. We are strong in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.
We have more than 2900 lawyers operating from 43 offices in Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Caracas, Casablanca, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Prague, Québec, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Warsaw; and from associate offices in Dar es Salaam, Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta.
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