Ashurst (London)

Euan Burrows

Ashurst (London)

Euan Burrows is a partner and EMEA head of the competition team at Ashurst, based in London. Admitted in England & Wales and Ireland, he acts on a wide range of competition law, state aid and procurement law matters and has considerable experience in dealing with the European Commission, Competition & Markets Authority, Concurrent UK regulators, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and private courts (including advocacy higher rights of audience). His practice encompasses competition law investigations, competition and procurement law litigation, regulatory challenges (including judicial review), merger control and the application of competition law to a wide range of commercial agreements and practices. Euan Burrows also has particular experience of providing coordinated state aid, competition, procurement and merger control advice in connection with large transport and infrastructure projects in the UK and Europe. Euan Burrows is Vice Chair of the UK Competition Law Association and also sits on the Competition Appeal Tribunal User Group Panel. He is the Coordinating Editor of the International Comparative Law Guide: Competition Litigation and also Coordinating Editor of Global Legal Insights: Cartels.


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Euan Burrows, Max Strasberg, Tim West The UK High Court time-bars a €480M follow-on damages claim against a smart card chip cartel after ruling that the claimants had sufficient information to support a reasonable claim when the EU Commission issued its statement of objections to the defendants (Gemalto / Thales / Infineon / Renesas)


The English High Court has ruled that, on the facts of the case, claimants Gemalto had sufficient information about the smart card chips cartel to support a reasonable claim for damages at the point at which the European Commission issued its statement of objections to defendants Infineon and (...)

Euan Burrows, Duncan Liddell The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal certifies the first competition class action on behalf of 46 million consumers who suffered loss as a result of anti-competitive interchange fees imposed by a payment company between 1992 and 2008 (Merricks / MasterCard)


On 18 August 2021, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT") certified the application by Mr Walter Merricks CBE to bring an opt-out class action on behalf of 46 million UK consumers who suffered loss as a result of anticompetitive interchange fees imposed by Mastercard between 1992 and (...)

Euan Burrows, Max Strasberg The UK Supreme Court lowers the bar on certification for collective actions by dismissing a credit card company’s appeal (Merricks / Mastercard)


In a highly anticipated ruling, the UK Supreme Court has dismissed Mastercard’s appeal against the principles established by the Court of Appeal (on appeal from the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT")) in relation to the approval of class actions by the CAT. The case will now be remitted (...)

Euan Burrows, Max Strasberg The UK Court of Appeal dismisses an appeal relating to the evidential weight to be given to recitals in EU Commission infringement decisions issued under the settlement procedure (Trucks Cartel)


On 11 November 2020, the Court of Appeal emphatically dismissed an appeal brought by five truck manufacturers against a judgment of the Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT") handed down in March 2020 relating to the evidential weight to be given to recitals to a European Commission infringement (...)

Euan Burrows, Neil Cuninghame, Alexi Dimitriou, Duncan Liddell, Nigel Parr, Steven Vaz The UK Government lowers the notification thresholds of merger control and issues guidance on these changes


Lower notification thresholds under UK merger control for certain additional sectors impacting national security entered into force on 21 July. The lower thresholds now cover transactions related to the development, production, supply or research of: artificial intelligence (new) cryptographic (...)

Euan Burrows, Neil Cuninghame, Laura Carter, Steven Vaz The UK High Court disqualifies a company director for taking part in a competition law breach in the real estate sector (Michael Martin)


The first competition disqualification order to come to trial has resulted in a company director, Michael Martin, being disqualified for seven years. In its judgment of 7 July 2020, the UK High Court found that Mr Martin had contributed to Gary Berryman Estate Agents’ breach of competition law (...)

Euan Burrows, Nigel Parr, Alexi Dimitriou, Neil Cuninghame The UK Competition Authority clarifies that the UK merger control regime is still operating despite the COVID-19 pandemic


Whilst Covid-19 is not expected to lead to changes to the core legal and policy principles underpinning merger control regimes around the world, it is worth noting that: merger control regimes are still in operation, albeit filing processes and regulatory reviews may take a bit longer and some (...)

Euan Burrows, Steven Vaz The UK Government publishes a procurement policy note which sets out guidelines to contracting authorities on responding to the impact of COVID-19 when carrying out regulated procurement activities


Introduction In the light of the global outbreak of Covid-19, contracting authorities will need to procure goods, services and works in truly exceptional circumstances and, potentially, their requirements will be extremely urgent. Therefore, contracting authorities may have legitimate (...)

Max Strasberg, Euan Burrows, James Levy The UK Court of Appeal slashes a cartel follow-on damages award and emphasises claimants’ burden to prove losses in a claim brought by power cable manufacturers for market-sharing and customer allocating (BritNed / ABB)


BritNed Development Limited ("BritNed") brought a claim against ABB arising from the European Commission’s 2014 power cables cartel decision. In October 2018, the High Court found that there had been no overcharge but awarded damages for "baked-in inefficiencies" and "cartel savings" plus (...)


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