Competition & EU Law
Ranked by the UK Legal 500 as one of the leading firms in the region for Competition and EU law, our involvement in the largest-ever investigation conducted by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the largest appeal case ever heard by the Competition Appeal Tribunal have acted as a springboard for our reputation and work in this area of law.
In the above matter, our clients became the first Appellants to appeal successfully against liability to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in a case in which penalties had been imposed.
Our reputation has been enhanced by other work for clients such as the Premier League.
We are known for straight-talking, pragmatic advice and the determined pursuit of litigation. We have been asked by a number of companies to advise upon and deliver Competition law training for all levels of management.
McCormicks’ reputation continues to grow in all aspects of corporate and commercial work. The firm is recognised in the market for its commercial acumen which comes from an experienced team of leading specialists in the field.
“McCormicks’ Corporate and Commercial Litigation teams act for clients in all aspects of Competition and EU law, including:
• UK Competition Law
• EU Competition Law
• Commercial Litigation
"A busy sport and media practice continues to benefit this department... In addition, the group remains as a key corporate adviser to a number of notable regional clients." Chambers UK
“What I like most about working with McCormicks is dealing with commercially-minded lawyers who take an active interest in the development of our business and give good advice with a common sense approach." Simon Mackaness, Rudding Park Ltd
“Renowned for his sports and media expertise, Peter McCormick of McCormicks is ‘a great communicator and outstanding with client relationships.’” Chambers UK
“McCormicks’ Peter McCormick has an excellent reputation for contentious and non-contentious work across broadcasting, IP rights and sponsorship and for defamation complaints relating to print and broadcast media.” UK Legal 500
“The well-regarded Peter McCormick leads the team which handles both contentious and non-contentious work and acts for high-profile companies as well as individuals. The practice spans broadcasting, media, personal contracts, sponsorship, defamation and complaints relating to broadcasters and the press.” UK Legal 500
“McCormicks has established itself as one of the few English media firms outside London with a profile in the wider market.” Chambers UK
"McCormicks’ ‘excellent’ team has ‘unrivalled knowledge of football.’ The ‘very commercial’ Peter McCormick is highlighted for his ‘expertise’ and ‘sound advice.’” UK Legal 500
“This Harrogate-based team plays an integral part in the region’s sports sector. However it is the team’s work for the Premier League which marks it out as one of the country’s elite sports practices.” Chambers UK
“Peter McCormick is a prominent figure within sport, especially football. One client was highly impressed with his ‘very practical approach to commercial business – when I make big decisions, I run them past him. He’s so streetwise that while I know his expertise is in sports law, I feel confident asking him about anything!’” Chambers UK
“Harrogate-based McCormicks’ practice is led by Peter McCormick. They handle contentious and non-contentious matters; they recently handled several matters for the Premier League, including defending the client in a high-profile arbitration brought by Leyton Orient concerning West Ham United’s move to the Olympic Stadium, which alleged that the move was in breach of competition law, the claim was eventually withdrawn. McCormicks are handling several matters for the same client, including advising on a complaint lodged with the European Commission by FIFPro, which alleges that aspects of the operation of the transfer market are anti-competitive and in breach of EU law.” - Legal 500