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Andrew North

Andrew North

Of Counsel (Australia)

Andrew is recognised as an experienced EU and UK competition and regulatory lawyer.

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Experience

Andrew has a wealth of experience advising in all areas of UK and EU competition law, including litigation, antitrust/regulatory investigations, mergers, broadcasting and telecommunications regulation, and providing strategic advice on competition issues more generally.  He advises across a broad range of sectors including media and broadcasting, telecommunications, technology, regulated industries, financial services, and industrial products. 

On the litigation side, Andrew advises in private damages litigation and regulatory appeals. Andrew's litigation experience is extensive and includes landmark cases in the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Competition and Markets Authority, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. 

Andrew is noted in the Competition Litigation and the Media & Entertainment categories in Legal 500 2019, and listed as an 'associate to watch' in Chambers UK, commended by sources as "'excellent technically and he is creative,' says one impressed client", and "very easy to work with and very knowledgeable in his field."  Andrew has been identified as a Future Leader in the forthcoming Who's Who Legal Competition 2019.

Andrew is regularly called upon to provide specialist advice in complex cases which involve highly technical expert evidence. 

Andrew's recent experience includes advising:

  • Sky  on the merger control and regulatory aspects of its £29.7 billion acquisition by Comcast and the merger control and media plurality and broadcasting standards aspects of Twenty-First Century Fox's competing bid for Sky
  • Google on a number of damages claims concerning alleged competition law infringements investigated by the European Commission in the context of online search (comparison shopping) and advertising for search (AdSense)
  • Sky on a wide range of regulatory litigation, including in respect of Pay TV (including BT's most recent appeal in the Competition Appeal Tribunal) and telecommunications (wholesale broadband price controls, Ethernet and fibre/VULA)
  • A media client in litigation in the High Court concerning the scope of restrictive covenants in the broadcasting sector
  • Other clients in a range of litigation and strategic advice matters in the telecommunications, water, transport, and energy sectors
 

 

 

Background

Andrew has over 16 years' experience, including as a competition lawyer in the UK for over 11 years, and in Australia prior to that.  

Andrew is an editor of the Competition Law Journal.

In addition to his law degree, Andrew has a Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law (King's College London) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) specialising in electronics and communications (University of Melbourne).