Sir Christopher Bellamy

Linklaters (London)
Queen’s Counsel

Sir Christopher set up what is now the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and held the post of President from 1999 to 2007. The CAT hears appeals from regulatory decisions by the OFT and other regulators under the Competition Act 1998 and Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty, appeals under the Communications Act 2003, reviews in relation to merger and market investigations under the Enterprise Act 2002, and certain damages actions. As President, he was responsible for case management, interlocutory and interim applications, chairing the main hearings and preparing and delivering the judgments. Prior to joining the CAT, from 1992 to 1999 Sir Christopher was one of 15 judges of the Court of First Instance (CFI). He was President of a 5-judge chamber from 1996 to 1999. Cases where he presided as judge covered a wide range of EU law areas including: anti-dumping; competition; contractual disputes; Euratom; freedom of information; free movement of goods; international law; pharmaceutical licensing; trademarks; and state aid. Before becoming a judge at the CFI, Sir Christopher was one of the leading QCs at the competition and EU law Bar in London.


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Concurrences (Paris)
Ashurst (Brussels)
University of Tilburg
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
Sheppard Mullin (Brussels)
MAPP (Paris)
Italian Senate


2472 Bulletin

Eamonn Doran, Michael Cutting, Nicole Kar, Sir Christopher Bellamy The UK OFT publishes guidance to help company directors understand their responsibilities under competition law


On 27 June 2011, the OFT published guidance on how it will assess the extent of an individual director’s responsibility for infringements of competition law. Where a company has breached competition law, the OFT can apply to court seeking a competition disqualification order (“CDO”) against an (...)

Dario Dagostino, Gerwin Van Gerven, Sir Christopher Bellamy The EU Court of Justice confirms that legal professional privilege under EU law does not extend to communications with in-house lawyers (AKZO)


Background In February 2003, the Commission, with the assistance of the UK’s Office of Fair Trading, conducted a dawn raid at the UK premises of Akzo Nobel and Akcros Chemicals on suspicion of possible anti-competitive practices. During the raid, a dispute arose between the investigation team (...)

Anne Wachsmann, Gerwin Van Gerven, Jeffrey Schmidt, Olivier d’Ormesson, Robert Gavin, Sir Christopher Bellamy The ECJ confirms Commission must assess whether an agreement to limit parallel trade in medicines has pro-competitive benefits (GlaxoSmithKline)


On 6 October, the European Court of Justice (‘ECJ’) issued another “score draw” judgment in the long-running battle of R&D-based pharmaceutical companies to limit parallel trade in medicines across the EU. While the ECJ required the European Commission to conduct an in-depth examination of (...)

Christian Ahlborn, Eamonn Doran, Michael Cutting, Nicole Kar, Paula Riedel, Robert Gavin, Sir Christopher Bellamy The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) delivers its judgment dismissing challenges on material influence, SLC and remedies brought by a broadcasting company (British Sky Broadcasting Group)


In a judgment handed down on 29 September, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), dismissed an appeal brought by British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (Sky) against a decision of the Competition Commission (CC). The CAT upheld part of an appeal against the same decision brought by Virgin Media (...)

Anne Wachsmann, Gerwin Van Gerven, Jonas Koponen, Joseph P. Armao, Nicole Kar, Olivier d’Ormesson, Sir Christopher Bellamy The EU Commission introduces settlement procedure for cartel cases


On 30 June 2008, the European Commission introduced a new settlement procedure for cartel cases. Under the new procedure, the parties in a cartel investigation may acknowledge their breach of European antitrust law and waive certain procedural rights in exchange for a 10% reduction of the fine. (...)

26650 Review

Cani Fernández, Delphine Riccardi-Benin, Eszter Ritter, Hugues Calvet, Julien Neto, Laure Gauthier-Lescop, Sir Christopher Bellamy, Stefan Thomas Antitrust fine quantification : Results of an international survey


Un programme de recherche international regroupant des avocats et des académiques a été constitué sous l’égide de Concurrences afin de comparer les modes de calcul des amendes sanctionnant des pratiques anticoncurrentielles. Une double méthodologie émerge de cette comparaison internationale suivant (...)

Agnès Maitrepierre, Alain Ménéménis, Amandine Zelenko, Anne Fort, Carine Soulay, Christian Lambert, David Spector, Denys de Bechillon, Emmanuel Glaser, Eric Ginter, François Tanguy, Guylain Clamour, Jacques Biancarelli, Jacques Derenne, Jean-Christophe Moraud, Jean-Claude Bonichot, Jean-Louis Colson, Jean-Marc Sauvé, Jean-Yves Chérot, Laurent Richer, Marie-Christine Lepetit, Marie-Dominique Hagelsteen, Mario Monti, Philippe Martin, Pierre-François Racine, Sir Christopher Bellamy State Aid Colloquium, 14 March 2008


TABLE DES MATIERES DISCOURS D’OUVERTURE M. Jean-Marc SAUVÉ, Vice-président du Conseil d’Etat M. Mario MONTI, Ancien commissaire européen à la concurrence, président de l’Université Bocconi de Milan LA POLITIQUE DE CONTROLE DES AIDES D’ETAT EST-ELLE UNE POLITIQUE DE CONCURRENCE ? Introduction : Mme (...)

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