Alternate Office
  • Avenue Louise 489
  • B-1050 Brussels
  • TEL: +32 2 626 0522
  • FAX: +32 2 626 0510
Areas of Practice
  • King's College London, Postgraduate Diploma, UK, EU and US Copyright Law (Distinction), 2015
  • University of Cambridge, PhD, 2011
  • University of Essex, LL.M., EU Law (Distinction), 1994
  • University of Oxford, BA, Jurisprudence, 1978
  • Solicitor, England & Wales, 1981
  • Solicitor, Ireland, 2016

Paul Hughes

European Competition Counsel
5 Aldermanbury Square
London, EC2V 7HR
TEL: +44 20 7367 8000
FAX: +44 20 7367 8001

Paul Hughes is European Competition Counsel in Steptoe's London office, where he is a member of the Antitrust & Competition Group.  Mr. Hughes’ practice focuses on UK and EU merger control, preparing and advising on merger notifications with the EU Commission and CMA.  He frequently advises on competition law aspects of collaborative and co-operative joint ventures, agency distribution, and licensing, and he works with specialist strategy consultants on technology licensing and distribution matters.

Mr. Hughes has a longstanding career in the academic community, and he is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex. 

Representative Matters

  • Currently advising a listed technology company both on competition law compliance and on a range of Article 102 TFEU issues.
  • Has represented energy and utility companies on procurement and merger control matters and has advised on telecoms-related competition law issues.
  • Most notable recent successful merger clearances with the EU Commission and OFT were General Dynamics/Alvis and Bae/Alvis and G's Marketing/Norman Olverson.
  • Advised on information exchanges in the food sector and represented supermarkets, food producers, and suppliers on grocery inquiry and cartel investigation issues.
  • Recently provided training and competition law compliance programs for a national construction company, a US and UK based engineering company, and a number of regional food producers.

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