Antitrust & Regulatory

"Andrew Oldland KC is a fiercely intelligent partner with the immeasurable benefit of significant court experience. Very few firms can boast an asset of his status in their number."

Legal 500 2023

"Attention to detail, understanding the issues and having the ability to get to the nub of the question are evident in abundance. All individuals are on top of their game."

Legal 500 2023

"Michelmores is very much a city quality practice with the approachability and friendliness of a regional firm. They should not be underestimated as to their ability, resolve or tactics, but are at the same time a pleasure to work with. Having a London office to service their international and financial litigation work has been an excellent move."

Legal 500 2023

"Noel is extremely knowledgeable in his area; very easy to work with; and he makes competition law, which I find quite dense and confusing at times, seem quite simple. He's got a very good way of explaining quite complex concepts."

Acritas Stars – now Thompson Reuters

Michelmores’ Antitrust & Regulatory team advises on all aspects of regulatory and public law, including competition law, subsidy controls, economic and financial regulation.

Top quality team

Andrew Oldland KC was formerly a member of the Attorney-General’s Alist of Counsel and has previously been instructed by many government agencies and regulators including SFO, FCA, the Environment Agency and HMRC. Andrew sits as a part time judge in the Crown and County Courts.

Noel Beale was formerly Director of Legal Services at Ofwat and has been instructed in private practice by Ofwat and Ofgem. Noel, Andrew and the team also have considerable experience of advising in relation to Competition and Markets Authority investigations.

Broad and extensive experience with sector regulators

Our team’s knowledge of acting for regulators (as well as the regulated) enables us to advise clients from the outset on the early steps they need to take to minimise the risk of negative outcomes and, if necessary, negotiate an appropriate settlement with the regulator (including obtaining leniency).

Being able to demonstrate a proactive approach to compliance to regulators is becoming an ever-greater priority for our clients.  We have experience across a range of different sectors and regulators in devising efficient and effective systems of internal compliance and assurance. We have conducted multiple internal regulatory investigations and reviews and have helped clients establish systems for mitigating risks effectively.

We also advise companies and regulators in relation to the application of their statutory powers.  This covers regulatory decision making in various contexts as well as the statutory powers of undertakers, for example, in relation to the provision of infrastructure.

Challenges and appeals

Should it be necessary, we also have experience advising in relation to challenges to contravention and infringement decisions by regulators using statutory appeal mechanisms or judicial review as appropriate.

Recent experience

Advising a major party to the CMA’s Competition Act investigation into Design, Construction & Fit-Out Services, including advising in relation to potential director disqualifications

Advising Ofwat, and more recently, Water and Sewerage Undertakers in relation to various Price Review related matters

Advising and successfully representing a major quarry company facing prosecution by the Environment Agency relating to allegations of polluting the River Tamar

Advising the Duchy of Cornwall in respect of a harbour revision order and other marine matters.

Advising the Forestry Commission in relation to the updating of its decision making procedures in relation to certain applications

Noel Beale
Noel Beale
Ian Holyoak
Ian Holyoak