James Quinney is the global co-chair of Herbert Smith Freehills' competition, regulation and trade group. He has amassed over 20 years of experience and has been involved in a significant number of landmark competition and regulatory cases at UK and EU level. James has a broad practice with a wealth of expertise in utility regulation, procurement and state aid, as well as merger control, strategic competition advice and contentious cartel and antitrust investigations. Key clients include EDF, GDF Suez and Signet (H Samuel and Ernest Jones).
James also has excellent insight into competition policy issues, having previously been seconded to the European Commission and the UK Department of Trade and Industry. While at the European Commission, James worked with the unit responsible for investigating and prosecuting infringements of the EU free movement rules, and while at the Department of Trade and Industry, he advised ministers on the design of the new UK competition regime of the Competition Act 1998 and piloted the legislation through Parliament.
James studied jurisprudence at Keble College, Oxford, and Guildford Law School before qualifying as a solicitor in 1993.
WWL says: James Quinney is "creative and solutions-driven" and much in demand as a result
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