- Antitrust/Competition Law
- Consumer Products & Retail
- Media & Telecommunications
- Cloud Computing & Managed IT Services
|Education||University of Cambridge (M.A.); University of Hamburg (LL.M.); King's College London (Post Graduate Diploma, European Law of Copyright)|
|Admitted||1996, England and Wales|
Law Society Competition Section (Past Chair)
American Bar Association
International Bar Association
British-German Jurists' Association
Union Internationale des Avocats
City of London Law Society Competition Committee
Becket is a Co-Chair of the firm's Antitrust practice group. He advises clients on all aspects of EU and UK competition law, with an emphasis on behavioural issues, compliance, competition litigation and merger control. Although he advises clients in a broad range of sectors, he has a particular interest in the media, technology and communications sectors, as well as the interface between intellectual property and competition law. He also advises on broadcasting, rail and utility regulation. He has experience of enforcing UK and EU competition law at a senior level in the Office of Fair Trading and retains good links with enforcement agencies and regulators in the UK and across the EU. Becket is the author of the Private Enforcement division of Butterworths Competition Law, a standard reference work. He is a frequent commentator on competition law developments, having appeared on the BBC's Today Programme, BBC News, Channel 4 News, Radio 5 Live and CNBC.
Becket was identified by Global Competition Review in May 2008 as one of the top 40 competition lawyers under the age of 40 worldwide. He is recommended in the current edition of the UK Legal 500 and recognised as a notable practitioner by Chambers UK in which clients say he really understands how competition authorities work both in the UK and in Europe and praise his proactivity and pragmatic ability to recognise issues relevant to his client's businesses . He is also listed in the current edition of the Who's Who Legal Directory of Competition Lawyers and Economists and in ' Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom' for Competition Law and Media & Entertainment Law work.
•Advised an online retailer on an OFT Competition Act investigation.
•Advised a third party on the European Commission and OFT 'E-books' investigations.
•Advising on an ongoing European Commission investigation in the software sector.
•Advising East African communications company Wananchi Group on its competition and regulatory strategy.
•Advised Guardian Media Group on the Competition Commission's investigation of the sale of its radio business to Global Radio and on the News Corp/Sky merger review.
•Advised United Technologies Corporation on the UK merger control aspects of the sale of its manned guarding business to Securitas.
•Advised Allied Healthcare International Inc. on the merger control aspects of its sale to Saga Group/Acromas.
•Acting for a third party on the European Commission's investigation of the Universal Music Group/EMI merger.
•Advising a sports joint venture on the competition law aspects of its rights licensing strategy.
•Advised a global conglomerate on the merger control aspects of its exit from a joint venture.
•Successfully defended an online retailer against a European Commission Article 101 investigation.
•Advising a global games software company on the competition law aspects of its distribution arrangements.
•Advised Assa Abloy on the non-US merger control aspects of its acquisition of LaserCard Corporation.
•Advised a major UK utility on a substantial competition law damages action in the High Court.
•Advised numerous companies on the implementation of compliance programmes and training, and dawn raid preparedness procedures.
•Advised a financial investor on the merger control and media regulatory aspects of the acquisition of a minority stake by BSkyB in ITV plc.
•Advised a third party in relation to the Competition Commission's inquiry into Project Kangaroo - a broadband TV joint venture between ITV, the BBC and Channel Four.
•Acted for gaming company Cyberview Technology Inc. on its acquisition by IGT.
Before Edwards Wildman
Becket joined the firm after four years as a partner at another London firm. Before that, Becket was a Branch Director in the Competition Enforcement Division at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), with responsibility for enforcing competition law in the media, sport and IT sectors. During his time at the OFT, Becket led teams on numerous high profile cases, including two cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and had a key role in the preparation of the competition provisions of the Communications Act 2003.
Central and Eastern Europe (CEEMENA)
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
English Court Applies UK Competition Law to Override Land Use Restriction
Chimé Dorjee,Becket McGrath, June 11, 2014
Although competition law claims before the English courts are becoming more common, ‘follow-on’ damages actions (i.e. claims for compensation for loss suffered as a result of an infringement that a public authority has determined took place) have been responsible for most of the recent...
Revised European Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation Enters Into Force
Chimé Dorjee,Becket McGrath,Trupti Reddy, May 6, 2014
The revised European Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation (TTBE) and related guidelines (Guidelines) enter into force today, 1 May. As with its predecessor regulations, the new TTBE provides a safe harbour to protect technology transfer agreements (defined as agreements to license...
All Change Please? - New UK Competition Regime Comes Into Effect
Becket McGrath,Trupti Reddy, April 1, 2014
After four years of preparation, the new UK competition regime comes fully into effect today (1 April). The most visible change is the creation of a new unitary competition authority, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). While the CMA was formally established six months ago, today marks its...
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