Jon Lawrence is a partner at Freshfields specialising in commercial and international litigation and regulatory investigations/disputes, particularly involving EU and antitrust law. He is based in London.
Jon is listed as a Star Individual in Chambers, heads Freshfields’ global antitrust litigation group, and co-leads the firm’s cartel skills group. He is one of the two solicitor representatives on the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s user group. Jon often acts for multinational companies in co-ordinating Europe-wide defences of damages claims arising from European Commission and national authority cartel decisions.
His major cases include acting for: Hoffmann-La Roche in its defence of claims arising from the vitamins cartels (Provimi v Aventis; Deans Foods v Aventis; Devenish v Aventis; and Grampian v Aventis); Bayer AG in its European litigation arising from synthetic rubber cartels (Cooper Tire v Shell Chemicals); ABB in its European and other litigation arising from the gas insulated switchgear cartel (National Grid v ABB Limited); SGL in the Competition Appeal Tribunal proceedings relating to a cartel in electrical and mechanical carbon and graphite products (Emerson v Morgan Crucible and Deutsche Bahn v Morgan Crucible); EWS in its defence to regulatory proceedings in the freight rail industry and related follow-on damages claims, (Freightliner Limited v EWS and Enron Coal Services v EWS); the London Stock Exchange in its dispute with PLUS regarding the compatibility of certain Rules of the Exchange with competition law and the free movement rules under the EC Treaty; and Mars in its “ice cream war” with Unilever.
Jon was educated at Downing College, Cambridge and has been a partner since 1993.
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