Marjorie Holmes

Reed Smith (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Marjorie Holmes is a partner in Reed Smith, London office, and specialises in competition law in several sectors including aviation, marine, insurance, construction, energy and telecoms. Marjorie has represented companies in a number of important investigations by the European Commission and the UK Competition Authorities. She also acts as legal adviser to several trade associations, and covers Mergers & Acquisitions.She acted on behalf of the defendants in the Arkin case and on behalf of the claimants (the EGP Group) in the SUNAG case. Marjorie Holmes studied at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. Marjorie is recommended in Chambers and Legal 500. (See : A Practical Guide to National Competition Rules across Europe, 2nd Edition, published by Kluwer, 2007 and Competition Law and Practice: A Review of Major Jurisdictions", published by Cameron May, 2009.


1967 Bulletin

Marjorie Holmes The Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of England & Wales gives important guidelines as to the standard of proof for claiming damages in competition cases (Arkin)


Arkin v. Borchard Lines Ltd., [2003] All E.R. (D) 173, [2003] EWHC 687 (Comm) (10 April 2003), is important as one of the first damages claims brought in a United Kingdom court for breach of Articles 81 and 82 of the Rome Treaty involving private enforcement of competition law. It was decided (...)

Marjorie Holmes The Commercial Court of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of England and Wales makes a group litigation order in a competition case in the automobile sector (Prentice / DaimlerChrysler UK)


Gerald Barling is a justice of the High Court and president of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). He wrote an article “Collective Redress for Breach of Competition Law – A Case for Reform” published in Competition Law Journal Volume 10 Issue 1, 2011. In it he deals with Group Litigation Orders (...)

Marjorie Holmes The Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of England & Wales refers to the ECJ on the fact for parties to an agreement to use allegations of breach of competition law to avoid honouring their obligations under a commercial contract (SUNAG)


This was a commercial private arbitration case which ended up before the English High Court, Queen Bench Division (Case C-339/95), and was referred to the European Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling. A unanimous arbitration award to enforce the agreement was appealed in the commercial (...)

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