Liam is global head of economics at AlixPartners in EMEA, and also co-heads the financial advisory services practice. He has 20 years' experience in economics consulting, specialising in competition, regulation, litigation and strategy. Prior to joining AlixPartners, he directed PricewaterhouseCoopers' competition economics practice in London. Liam was described in Global Competition Review's Economics 20 as having "earned an excellent reputation among his peers and clients".
Liam has represented numerous clients before the European Commission and national competition authorities, regulators and courts on the full range of competition issues in a wide range of industries, in particular, financial services, telecoms and media and automotive.
Liam has acted on a number of matters before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) including as testifying expert economist for BSkyB in BSkyB v Ofcom (pay-TV appeal), expert economist for Lloyds Banking Group in Barclays Bank PLC v Competition Commission, and adviser to ECSL in ECSL v EWS (the first follow-on damages case to be fully litigated before the CAT). Liam has been appointed expert in a number of High Court actions including the Libor test case Graiseley Properties Ltd & Ors v Barclays Bank plc; OFT v Abbey National & Others; NHS v Reckitt Benckiser; WM Newson & Others v IMI PLC and Boliden AB, and Peugeot-Citroen v Pilkington. Liam has wide experience estimating damages in both a competition and a commercial litigation context (including class action) and has worked on a significant number of cartel matters including polyurethane foam, automotive bearings, air cargo, construction, auto-glass, recruitment and flat glass.
Liam has advised clients on a wide range of market inquiries including retail banking, payment protection insurance, payday lending, motor insurance, audit, PPRS, new cars, and buses. He has acted in a wide range of A102 cases (in particular in the telecoms and technology sector) including in various stand-alone actions, and has worked on a significant number of merger cases at both the national and EC level.
Liam holds an MSc in economics (with distinction) from Birkbeck College London, an MA in EC competition law (with merit) from King's College London, and a BA in economics from the University of Sussex.
Liam is an active member of the competition law forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and he has written and spoken widely on competition and litigation matters.
WWL says: Praised for the "unassailable quality of his work" and recognised for his "impressive" testimony in competition cases
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