Trevor Soames is a regulatory expert highlighted for his top-tier work advising aviation clients on competition-related matters.
Trevor Soames has been a specialist in European and UK competition and regulatory law for more than 30 years with a special interest in air transportation. His experience stretches back to the very earliest aviation competition cases prior to the adoption of the first package of air transport liberalisation measures in 1987 and the adoption of the EU merger regulation in 1989. Ever since then he has had the privilege of being involved in – and leading –many of the most important and often ground-breaking, precedent-setting competition cases before the EU Commission and national authorities for airlines (scheduled and chartered), airports, governments and aviation authorities in the fields of merger control, alliances and collaboration arrangements, state aid, abuse of dominance. In addition, his experience includes regulatory issues and litigation relating to GDSs, ownership and control in the context of operating licences as well as national CAA traffic rights and scarce capacity proceedings. He is a well-known advocate; a barrister and bencher of the Middle Temple; a solicitor-advocate; and, importantly, a fully qualified Avocat au Barreau de Bruxelles entitled to practise before the EU Courts and with essential legal professional privilege after the UK leaves the EU in 2019. He has been resident, and worked, in Brussels (with a foothold in London) since 1993.
Trevor Soames enjoys a stellar international reputation as a key name in the Brussels market, who possesses profound knowledge of EU competition regulation.
Trevor Soames has been practising EU competition and regulatory law for more than 30 years and a resident in Brussels since 1993. Educated at Cambridge University, Trevor is a barrister (called to the Bar in 1984 and bencher of the Middle Temple), a solicitor-advocate and an avocat au barreau de Bruxelles, so guaranteeing post-Brexit legal privilege and advocacy rights before the EU courts.
Trevor has long been recognised by the leading directories and commentators as a leading Brussels player having first chaired many leading cases over the years in many areas of EU and indeed UK competition law. These have included mergers, joint ventures, cartels, monopolisation (dominance), state aid and associated litigation including civil damages claims and appeals. A significant portion of his practice relates to complex cases that involve technology, especially the interface of intellectual property and antitrust, including standard essential patents and he has been involved in a significant number of the leading cases in that area. Who’s Who Legal has ranked Trevor as a “Thought Leader – Competition 2018”. In addition to his competition and regulatory practice, Trevor undertakes litigation before the EU courts on a wide range of other matters including the current appeals against EU Commission and SRB decisions relating to the controversial resolution and sale of Banco Popular. He is also a leading lawyer in the transport sector, having repeatedly been identified by Euromoney as one of the top 20 aviation lawyers in the world and ranked #1 in Belgium in GCR’s International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers, praised as “the most prominent competition lawyer in the air transport industry”. Trevor is a widely praised wildlife photographer: when there is time, travelling to some of the remotest parts of the globe to record the glories of nature in a time of depressing environmental change.