One Essex Court (London)

Thomas Sharpe

One Essex Court (London)
Lawyer (Barrister)

Tom Sharpe QC is a barrister specialising in antitrust, regulatory and commercial judicial review in the English, European and Hong Kong Courts. He acts for MasterCard in the European Courts, Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court in London. He has an extensive energy, water and telecommunications practice and regularly challenges or defends the decisions of the regulators in the English courts. Until 1988 he was a fellow of Wolfson and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford and taught competition. He is on the editorial board of the European Competition Journal and chairs the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia.


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Thomas Sharpe Mitigation of fines : An overview of EU and national case law


The principal sanction available to the Commission and to national competition authorities (NCA) for infringements of the competition rules is the imposition of fines. In the UK a fine levied on the undertakings concerned is supplemented by the possibility of director disqualification, fines and imprisonment for the individuals who instigate and manage the cartels.



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