Sir Christopher Bellamy QC
Chairman of the Global Competition Practice, London
“As competition law enforcement becomes increasingly complex and connected, companies value advisors with reputation and credibility across the world. I offer clients this, to the best of my ability.”
Education and qualifications
Christopher is a Queen’s Counsel and chairman of the Linklaters Global Competition Practice. Before joining Linklaters, he was a practising barrister for many years. He was a judge of what is now the EU General Court from 1992 to 1999 and President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal from 2000 to 2007.
Christopher is considered to be one of the most influential competition lawyers in Europe. He is sought out by corporates, financial institutions and governments for his advice and unique perspective on antitrust, regulatory and EU law issues, particularly those involving interaction at senior levels of competition authorities and/or advice on Court proceedings. He is often instructed by clients for peer review, when expert opinion or other reinforcement is required. His ability to speak openly with decision makers at the highest level is valued by clients.
Christopher co-leads the Linklaters’ response to the EU referendum, engaging closely with clients and stakeholders in both the UK, other EU Member States and third countries. He is regularly called upon to speak at events and participate at the highest level concerning the many legal questions which arise following the Brexit decision.
In recent years, Christopher has provided high level strategic advice to clients in several industries including pharmaceuticals, technology, banking and financial services, energy and transport.
Examples of matters Christopher has advised on include:
- a major airline in relation to the European Commission and Department of Justice investigations, and subsequent private class action litigation, regarding the air cargo cartel
- a leading technology company in relation to appeals before the EU courts
- a major payment card provider in relation to a European Commission investigation and damages claims regarding interchange fees
- Novartis on the global antitrust strategy and merger clearances in relation to its three way, inter-conditional asset swap with GSK, involving the acquisition by Novartis of GSK’s oncology business, the sale to GSK of Novartis’ vaccines business (excluding influenza vaccines) and the creation of a joint venture in consumer health products with GSK
- Microsoft in relation to its complaints to the European Commission against Google
- a leading luxury goods manufacturer on the Vertical Restraints Block Exemption, the challenges of the internet, and the supply of spare parts
- a European rail company on its successful appeal to the European Court of Justice against dawn raid decisions by the European Commission
- a major healthcare company on allegations of obstruction in the context of a dawn raid
- a major European energy company in relation to allegations of breach of seal during a dawn raid
- Lloyds Banking Group on the state aid investigation regarding the UK government’s £17bn capital injection as well as the ongoing implementation of the EU state aid remedies; and in relation to the Independent Banking Commission
Christopher undertakes numerous speaking engagements around the world on a broad range of EU law and global competition law topics.
He is co-author of the earlier editions of Bellamy & Child, European Union Law of Competition, now reaching its eighth edition.
Education and qualifications
Christopher was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Christopher speaks English and French.