The EU is at the origin of an ever-increasing amount of complex regulation, which can be general or sector-specific. EU laws are constantly evolving and must be implemented and enforced by European and national administrations, often raising challenging legal questions.
Our EU law specialists advise across a broad range of EU regulatory rules, including those pertaining to energy, tech/digital, pharma and healthcare, financial services and procurement, amongst others. We advise clients on the interpretation and practical application of complex EU legislation and also guide clients in their engagement with regulators and legislators in relation to EU and national proposals.
We have extensive experience representing parties before the Court of Justice and the General Court of the EU in both direct and indirect actions. Collectively, the team has been involved in hundreds of cases before the EU courts – making our team one of the most skilled to guide clients through the EU’s increasingly complex regulatory framework.
Based in the heart of Europe for over 30 years, our Brussels office acts as the hub of our EU law practice. Our team has an excellent understanding of the workings of the EU, drawing on the experience of former secondees, officials and judges at the European Commission and EU courts. Our Brussels team works seamlessly with EU law specialists in our offices in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK.
Advising in connection with obtaining EU regulatory approvals and exemptions for the construction and operation of a direct electricity interconnector between the UK and France, and in bringing several cases before the General Court and the CJEU in this respect
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO
Acted for our client in challenging the validity of the EU's Second Tobacco Products Directive – the case raised legally novel and politically sensitive questions concerning the balance of powers between the EU and its Member State
A LEADING ONLINE PLATFORM
Advising on its compliance with the EU Market Surveillance Regulation ("MSR")
A NUMBER OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS COMPANIES
Advising in connection with novel and complex questions concerning import requirements in the areas of food and consumer goods
BRITISH AGGREGATES ASSOCIATION
Acted for our client in its successful appeals of European Commission State aid decisions relating to the UK's aggregates levy, an environmental tax which affects hundreds of quarries across the UK – the judgments handed down during this litigation are regarded as the landmark judgments in relation to the assessment of State aid in the case of sectoral environmental levies and represent the starting point for any legal analysis in this area
A NUMBER OF EXPORTERS AND IMPORTERS AFFECTED BY BREXIT
Advising on the impact of Brexit on the regulatory aspects of their trade with the EU