European Union Law
We are fluent in advising clients on the commercial implications of European Union Law, ranging from the four fundamental EU freedoms (free movement of people, goods and capital and the freedom to provide services) to more diverse areas such as health and safety and the environment.
We are experienced in advising clients on complex contentious matters and judicial review proceedings such as challenging the legality of acts of bodies, offices and agencies of the European Union.
We are also fluent in non-contentious work and advise clients on the commercial implications of European Union Law, ranging from the four fundamental EU freedoms (free movement of people, goods and capital and the freedom to provide services) to more diverse areas such as health and safety and the environment. Our cross-departmental approach provides clients with in-depth EU regulatory expertise in a wide range of industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals, environment and technologies.
Examples of our recent experience include advising:
- in relation to appeals before the EU General Court, challenging national tax systems on the basis that they amount to unlawful State aid;
- a client in the aviation industry on a direct action for annulment and a domestic action involving a preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union;
- an energy producer on the implications of the EU law principle of proportionality in the context of particular environmental laws;
- a labelling company in relation to the effect of the 'free movement of goods' principle on proposed legislation to introduce particular labels on alcoholic products;
- a beverages producer on EU food labelling requirements;
- an electronics manufacturer on EU customs duties;
- a governmental authority on EU comitology procedures and possibilities to intervene;
- Weald Leasing Ltd in the European Court of Justice in Weald Leasing (Taxation)  EUECJ C-103/09 concerning VAT and abuse of rights;
- in relation to a successful judicial review of certain Scottish legislation Parliament relating to the sale and display of tobacco products based on arguments that the legislation contravened EU law; and
- successfully on the leading judicial review case of R v Rochdale MBC ex parte Tew and Others.