Stephen Wisking is “a standout name” in the UK market, say sources who “really respect him” for his deep understanding of merger control, abuse of dominance matters and cartel investigations.
Stephen Wisking is the global head of practice of Herbert Smith Freehills' competition, regulation and trade group. He has over 20 years' experience and has been involved in a significant number of landmark competition and regulatory cases at UK and EU level. Stephen specialises in all aspects of EU and UK competition law, including merger control, cartels, market investigations and strategic advice. He advises clients across a broad range of sectors including media (particularly broadcasting), telecoms, energy, pharmaceuticals and professional services.
Stephen is a pre-eminent competition litigator, instructing on the most complex and highest-profile competition disputes (both regulatory appeals and private enforcement). He has been involved in competition litigation since the start of his career and has conducted cases before national competition authorities, in the European courts and the UK High Court, as well being involved in numerous cases in the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) since its inception. Stephen is a qualified solicitor-advocate and has appeared as counsel in the CAT. He is also a member of the CAT users’ group.
Stephen also advises clients on the application of economic regulation and on contentious regulatory matters particularly in relation to telecoms and all forms of media. His cases are often complex and invariably involve highly technical expert evidence.
Stephen speaks and publishes extensively on competition law issues, particularly in relation to competition litigation issues, and was closely involved in the consultation on the revised CAT Rules published in September 2015.
Stephen is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Australia and a solicitor/solicitor advocate in England and Wales.