Former House of Lords adviser Professor Christopher Kerse joins BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has appointed highly regarded EU and competition law expert Professor Chris Kerse as a consultant to the firm. Professor Kerse, who has spent the last decade working in the House of Lords on EU law, has just joined BLP.

Chris has an impressive track record of professional and academic achievements, spanning nearly 40 years.  A qualified lawyer and highly respected academic in the EU and competition law field, he has advised Government and Parliament.  As Legal Adviser to the Lords EU Select Committee, he dealt with all aspects of EU law and institutions, and acted as draftsman in respect of over 50 reports on proposed European legislation.

Prior to this Chris was Under Secretary (Legal) at the Department of Trade and Industry, with responsibility for advising on a range of international trade and Community law matters including the negotiation of the EC Merger Regulation. He is a noted academic and the author of leading works on EC competition law. 

Chris will work closely with BLP’s rapidly growing EU & competition team, advising clients and providing senior input and expertise in competition cases and EU law matters. 

Commenting on the appointment, David Harrison, head of BLP’s EU and Competition Group said: “Chris’s wealth of knowledge and expertise will bring additional high-level experience to an already outstanding team of EU and competition lawyers. His appointment emphasises the firm’s commitment to providing first-class legal advice and an unrivalled level of service to our clients, in a fast moving legislative environment where EU and competition issues are of increasing importance.” 

Chris said: “Working with BLP represents an exciting opportunity for me to apply my experience of EU and competition legislation in the private practice arena, since the majority of my previous roles have been focused on Government and parliamentary advisory work.  I am looking forward to being part of BLP’s renowned EU and competition team.” 

Neville Eisenberg, BLP’s managing partner said: “We are delighted that Chris has decided to join BLP. As a firm we are creating centres of excellence in key areas like competition, financial services and tax to reinforce and supplement our transactional capabilities.  Chris’s appointment is a part of that process.”

Current matters in which BLP’s EU and Competition Group is involved include advising on a series of international cartel investigations; a damages actions against a number of parties arising from a major cartel case; an abuse of dominance complaint to the European Commission in the computer sector; merger control cases at EU and national level; a case against the Council of Ministers before the European Court of Justice; a threatened case by the European Commission against the UK under the public procurement rules; a competition investigation by a sectoral regulator; a variety of State aid matters; and EU law issues affecting a wide range of sectors.

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