Stephen Smith

Bristows (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Stephen is a partner in the Competition practice and spends his time in both our London and Brussels offices. He has 20 years’ experience advising across a broad range of EU and UK competition law matters. His practice includes distribution agreements, merger control, cartels and anti-trust investigations, abuse of dominance and competition litigation. Stephen has represented clients before the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK and on appeals both to the European courts in Luxembourg and to the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal. He advised the Société Co-opérative de Production (SCOP), the company operating Eurotunnel’s MyFerryLink business, in its landmark appeal. The case was the first ever jurisdictional challenge under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act to reach the Supreme Court in the UK. Stephen is recognised by his clients as adept at providing pragmatic, commercial advice and his experience spans diverse sectors including life sciences, financial services, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications and technology. He has also has experience of working inside a regulator, having worked at OFCOM, the UK’s communication regulator, earlier in his career. Stephen is fluent in French and is a former Chair of the Law Society’s Competition Section, where he remains a member of the Committee.

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Matthew Hunt, Stephen Smith The UK Court of Appeal considers the test for excessive pricing after an undertaking had charged unfairly high prices for phenytoin sodium capsules (Pfizer / Flynn)


Introduction In December 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that Pfizer and Flynn had charged unfairly high prices for phenytoin sodium capsules, an important anti-epilepsy drug, in breach of competition law. The CMA imposed fines totalling £90 million. Pfizer and Flynn (...)

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