Gillian Sproul

London,  England
Phone+ 44 (0) 203 349 8861

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
    Contact InfoTelephone: + 44 (0) 203 349 8861
    Fax: +44 (0) 207 900 3632
    EducationBirmingham City University (Law Society Finals, with honors); St. Andrews University (M.A., Hons, French and German); Leicester University (LL.B., Hons, First Class)
    Admitted1990, England and Wales
    LanguagesEnglish; French; German

    Gillian Sproul focuses her practice on advising clients on the impact of EU and UK competition law on their transactions, operations and business strategy. She represents clients in cartel and abuse of dominance cases, energy regulatory investigations and market inquiries before the EU and UK regulators and courts and has obtained EU, UK and other national clearances for numerous complex M&A and joint venture transactions. Her experience extends also to advising clients on competitor co-operation and information exchange, distribution and licensing and compliance.

    Areas of Concentration

    • Chemicals

    • Construction and engineering

    • Construction materials

    • Energy and utilities

    • Financial services

    • FMCG manufacture, food and non-food

    • Hotels and leisure

    • Insurance

    • Intellectual property

    • Litigation and dispute resolution

    • Pharmaceuticals

    • Retailing

    • Technology, media and telecommunications

    Awards & Recognition

    • Listed, Chambers UK, 2006, 2008-2009, 2011-2015

    • Listed, Chambers Europe, 2015

    • Listed, The Legal 500, 2014-2015

    Professional Experience

    Significant Representations

    • Represented a defendant in EU cartel proceedings on an appeal to the European Court of Justice and defended a market-dominant business against proceedings by the UK competition authorities.°

    • Advised a major accountancy firm on its role and obligations as monitoring and divestiture trustee in an energy case.°

    • Defended clients in European Commission and UK cartel and abuse of dominance investigations in sectors such as energy, engineering, manufacturing, media and financial services.°

    • Advised in coordination with U.S. lawyers on parallel cartel investigations by EU, UK and U.S. regulators, most recently in the publishing sector.°

    • Represented clients on appeal to the General Court and Court of Justice in the EU and the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the UK, securing reductions in penalty.°

    • Advised clients on their participation in EU and UK sector inquiries, including the EU energy, pharmaceuticals and insurance inquiries and the UK groceries, aggregates and audit inquiries, including advising on appeal to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal against findings of the UK regulator in the aggregates inquiry.°

    • Advised on complaints to the EU and UK competition regulators and courts against market dominant businesses and competitor collusion and co-operation.°

    • Represented clients in investigations by the UK sectoral regulators into breaches of licence and of sector regulation.°

    ° The above representations were handled by Ms. Sproul prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP.


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    Parliament Set to Bolster Private Competition Actions in the UK
    Kiran S. Desai,Julian Ellison,Miles Robinson,Gillian Sproul, April 13, 2015
    The United Kingdom has one of the most advanced regimes in Europe for competition litigation; however, it has not yet seen a substantial uptake of private competition actions.

    EU Advocate General: No Injunction against Users of Standard Essential Patents without an Offer to License
    Mark A. Prinsley,Gillian Sproul,Zsolt Vertessy, February 27, 2015
    The owner of a standard essential patent (SEP) may have to make a licence offer before seeking an injunction, following the non binding opinion of the Advocate General in the Huawei/ZTE case before the EU’s top court. The Court of Justice of the European Union is set to rule on a reference...
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    200 Gray's Inn Road, 7th Floor

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