Eric's long experience of working in the institutions of the European Union, bringing and presenting cases to the WTO and other international bodies, contributes an additional perspective to problem solving that is particularly valuable in navigating the uncharted waters of Brexit.
Eric works closely with the Herbert Smith Freehills' global network of offices. He focuses on WTO law and the EU's rules governing trade with non-EU countries, including the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills Eric was a member of the European Commission's Legal Service between 1985 and 2016, where he led the Trade Policy and WTO team. In that capacity, he routinely represented the European Commission in cases before the General Court and the European Court of Justice, and the European Union in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. He also participated in and advised on the negotiation of various international agreements involving the European Union.
Eric's experience includes advising:
- The European Commission in more than 50 cases before the General Court and the European Court of Justice related to EU international trade measures/policies;*
- The European Union in more than 25 WTO dispute settlement proceedings related to the GATT, the GATS, the TBT Agreement, the SPS Agreement, the TRIPs Agreement, the Anti-dumping Agreement, the Anti-subsidy Agreement and the Safeguard Agreement;*
- The European Union in the negotiation of various international agreements, such as the Cancun (2003) and Hong Kong (2005) WTO Ministerial Conferences, the Association Agreements with several central and eastern-European countries and the UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties.*
*Experience prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills LLP