Competition and economic regulation

The core of our practice is our expertise on competition issues and economic regulation. We support clients dealing with EU or national agencies undertaking:

  • Competition law or regulatory investigations
  • Mergers (their own, or between competitors or critical suppliers or customers)
  • Market reviews and market studies
  • Consultations
  • Regulatory disputes
  • Legislative change


Stripped back to its essentials, the starting point of most sectoral regulation is an analysis of competition and choice. Because we speak the language of competition law and policy, we help our clients make a compelling case to their regulator. By understanding regulators’ priorities, we can help our clients rise above the clamour of their competitors. And we can help our clients to read the signals that being sent to them, helping them to anticipate change and reduce regulatory risk.

We have extensive experience in assisting clients at every stage of the regulatory process – from building the case for legislative change, maintaining strategic relationships with key agencies and senior officials, understanding regulators and how they think, and representing clients in regulatory proceedings including consultations and reviews.

We also help our clients work together in trade associations or purpose-built alliances, to speak with one voice on particular issues or to represent particular groups – increasing impact and reducing costs.

'Well respected by Ofcom’ and in the telecoms community generally, Paul Brisby is praised by clients for his regulatory and competition expertise. He is also noted for his “practicality and healthy understanding” of the industry,” (2007)

“This compact but highly expert firm has carved out a commanding niche in the market.”
Chambers & Partners

Paul Brisby of Towerhouse Consuting “an outstanding strategic thinker”