University of Oxford

Simon Holmes

University of Oxford, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (London)
Visiting Professor, Judge

Simon Holmes is a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) based in London. He is also Visiting Professor at Oxford University; a legal adviser to the NGO, ClientEarth; a strategic adviser to SustainablePublicAffairs in Brussels; a member of the Competition Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); a member of the International Advisory Board of the LDC (Instituto de derecho de la competencia); an associate member of the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES); and a founding member of the Inclusive Competition Forum (ICF). Until the UK left the EU he was also a non-governmental adviser to the European Commission for the International Competition Network. Simon advised on competition law for some 35 years before joining the CAT. He was latterly head of competition at SJ Berwin and then King & Wood Mallesons-first in the UK and Europe and then on a global basis. He currently teaches competition law at Oxford University and is a regular writer, speaker and chair on competition law and regulatory matters at conferences and seminars. He has a particular interest in competition law, climate change and sustainability and is writing and speaking on this on a regular basis.

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Simon Holmes (Competition Appeal Tribunal)
Simon Holmes 19 February 2020 London
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Simon Holmes 28 March 2019 Paris


1197 Bulletin

Simon Holmes, Marcus Smith Rights of defence and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law


Decisions of the Commission are reviewable for their legality under Article 263 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”). It is not necessary to set out the full range of decisions that are capable of challenge under Article 263 TFEU, but they include (purely by way of example) decisions concerning infringements of Article 101 TFEU (anti-competitive agreements) and 102 TFEU (abuse of dominance) and decisions regarding mergers. One of the more important bases for the challenge of Commission decisions is the failure to respect the “rights of the defence”.This foreword seeks to explore the recent EU case-law in this area. It does so in a comparative law fashion, comparing the EU approach with the (in formal terms different, but in substantive terms, similar) approach in the UK.

1150 Review

Simon Holmes Consumer welfare, sustainability and competition law goals


There is no reference anywhere in the EU treaties to ’Consumer Welfare’. This forward argues that the correct starting point for analysing any question under European competition law is not consumer welfare but the constitutional provisions of the Eu treaties. These not only allow, but require, (...)


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