06 Mar 2013 | 01:38 pm | 1 min. read
International law firm Pinsent Masons has boosted its EU and Competition practice with the hire of Jenny Block.
A specialist in EU and UK competition law and regulation, Jenny has been a prominent figure in the competition sector for a number of years advising on many high profile matters. Most recently, Jenny has been working for the UK's Competition Commission (CC).
Prior to that Jenny was the Legal Director at postal regulator Postcomm, having spent nearly 20 years in private practice working at City firm Simmons & Simmons where she was made a partner in its competition team in 2001. Her practice has focussed on the financial services and TMT sectors and she also helped found the firm's Women's Network.
Jenny's arrival at Pinsent Masons comes after a busy and successful period for the firm's Competition team and brings the number of partners in the EU & Competition Group to five.
The twenty-strong Competition practice is led by Guy Lougher together with partners Alan Davis and Giles Warrington. It is currently advising on a wide-ranging number of high-profile matters, including numerous abuse of dominance and cartel investigations by the Office of Fair Trading, European Commission and other competition and regulatory authorities in several jurisdictions; defending several follow-on damages actions and other competition litigation, including in the High Court; and representing clients involved in merger and market investigation cases before the CC.
Pinsent Masons Head of Competition, Guy Lougher, says:
"Jenny's appointment follows a busy and exciting time for our growing practice. We are thrilled that she has decided to join the firm and we are confident that her expertise and knowledge of the competition landscape, particularly in the TMT and financial services sectors, will be a significant asset."
Jenny said: "Pinsent Masons has a growing reputation in the City and impressive programme of international expansion, I am looking forward to joining its highly-respected EU and Competition team at such a significant period in the firm's development."
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