Ian Forrester

Ampersand Advocates (Edinburgh)
Queen’s Counsel

Ian Forrester QC was educated and trained in Scotland, Louisiana, New York and Brussels. He is a well-known practitioner in the field of European law, specialising in competition, intellectual property, customs, antidumping, pharmaceutical regulation, football, the precautionary principle, broadcasting, computer software and due process, being a member of the bars of Scotland, New York, England and Brussels. He argued a number of leading cases, including Magill, Bosman, Pfizer Animal Health, Microsoft, GSK, and Gibraltar, on behalf of large and small companies, the European Commission, private individuals, political figures, and trade associations. He has written over 100 articles or chapters on a range of legal topics. In 2015 he was nominated by the UK to be the judge from the UK on the General Court of the European Union where he sat on about 200 cases concerning competition, access to documents, trademarks, plant varieties, public procurement, employment, and other European Union questions. He has been an arbitrator in proceedings under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, Court of Arbitration for Sport and has argued cases before courts in Scotland ,England, Belgium, Serbia and France, as well as the EFTA court, the ECtHR in Strasbourg, and the EU courts in Luxembourg.

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Ian Forrester, Nicholas Forwood Due process in European law: a post-judicial view

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We each began professional life as advocates, zealous in our support of the causes upon which we were engaged. Each of us had the huge good fortune to work on big cases with good teachers, giants of the bar, and then the even huger fortune to work in professional maturity with skilled (...)

Assimakis Komninos, Ian Forrester, James Killick The EU Court of Justice holds that parent companies may be fined for repeated infringements even without being an addressee of the earlier decisions (Versalis)

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On 5 March 2015, the European Court of Justice (CoJ) handed down its judgment in Versalis , concerning the increasing of fines for antitrust infringements where a company is found to be a repeat offender. The judgment raises important questions about the respect for the rights of defence in EU (...)

Axel P. Schulz, Ian Forrester, Jacquelyn MacLennan The EU Court of Justice AG Wathelet proposes to the EU Court of Justice to annul a judgement of the General Court in order to force it to exercice its full jurisdiction to review fines imposed by the Commission (Telefónica)

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The level of fines imposed by the European Commission in competition cases has attracted controversy for more than ten years. The often deferential approach of the European courts to hearing appeals has also been criticised, but in many cases the courts have largely left untouched the (...)

Assimakis Komninos, Ian Forrester, Jacquelyn MacLennan, Kai Struckmann, Mark D. Powell, Pontus Lindfelt The European Commission adopts a package on private damages actions in antitrust cases

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This article has been nominated for the 2014 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. Summary On 11 June 2013, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted a proposal for a directive on how citizens and companies can bring damages claims under EU (...)

Axel P. Schulz, Ian Forrester, Mark D. Powell The EU Court of Justice Advocate General Sharpston voices opinion on the standard of judicial review over fines in cartel cases (KME)

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This article is the winner of the business category, anticompetitive practices section of the 2012 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. In an Opinion delivered on 10 February 2011, Advocate General (‘AG’) Sharpston of the European Court of (...)

Anthony Dawes, Ian Forrester, Strati Sakellariou-Witt The EU Court of Justice Advocate General Sharpston voices opinion on the standard of judicial review over fines in cartel cases (KME)

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This article is the winner of the business category, anticompetitive practices section of the 2012 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. In an Opinion delivered on 10 February 2011, Advocate General (‘AG’) Sharpston of the European Court of (...)

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Ian Forrester Antitrust judicial review: Highlights of EU and national case laws

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The surge in demand for the application of competition law has created a need for the resolution of competition controversies; and a corresponding need for judicial review. This article provides highlights, if not a synthesis, of some 560 cases summaries which address to a greater or lesser (...)

Alexander Gee, Bruno Lasserre, Charlotte Lousberg, Ian Forrester, Nadia Calvino, Nicolas Petit, Peter Freeman Sector inquiries: Complements or substitutes for antitrust enforcement? (New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference, 15th February 2010)

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Enquêtes sectorielles : Complément ou substitut de l’action des autorités de concurrence ? Introduction générale Frédéric JENNY President, OECD Competition Committee President of the International board of the Review Concurrences Professor, Co-Director of the Centre Européen de Droit et d’Economie, (...)

Assimakis Komninos, Ian Forrester Lisbonne Agenda and Competition Law

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The European Commission tends to refer more and more to the Lisbon Agenda in various competition policy documents. The authors are of the opinion that such a tendancy is contrary to the objectives of the competition policy. Recently, in some of its official communications on Community (...)

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