James Aitken is a partner in Freshfields’ antitrust competition and trade group. Based in London, he also spends time working from the firm’s Brussels office. He has advised clients on behavioural antitrust investigations, and on obtaining merger clearances, before the European Commission, UK Office of Fair Trading and other competition authorities in Europe and worldwide. He has particular expertise in the financial services industries and technology industry and is co-head of the firm’s technology sector group. In recent years he has spent considerable amounts of time advising on the antitrust issues associated with international litigation concerning Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) as well as in-country mobile mergers. He is also well known for advising regulated companies in the infrastructure, energy and telecommunications sectors.
From 2004 to 2006 James was a référendaire (legal assistant) to the President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal where he was involved in leading UK antitrust litigation cases covering abuse of dominance, cartels, cooperative agreements, judicial review of regulatory decisions and the first UK follow-on damages cases.
James is recognised as a leading individual in his field by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 and is a contributing author to the 2013 edition of Bellamy and Child: European Union Law of Competition.
James was educated at the Universities of Edinburgh (LLM) and Glasgow (LLB Hons).
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