Stephen Critchley

Stephen Critchley is a partner in the firm’s Antitrust Litigation and Counselling and Commercial Litigation Groups.

He has over 20 years’ experience in the resolution of high value commercial disputes in court and arbitral proceedings. He has developed a focus on competition law – and particularly antitrust damages actions – since acting for the claimant in the landmark case of Crehan v Inntrepreneur Pub Company.

Stephen has higher rights of audience in the English courts and is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Representative matters 

Competition Law                         

  • Representing a group of multinationals in their claims against the truck manufacturers cartel.
  • Representing T-Mobile in a claim by Software Cellular Network Limited alleging abuse of dominance by T-Mobile in refusing to configure its switches to recognise SCN’s telephone numbers.
  • Representing a household-name company in a leniency application to the UK Competition & Markets Authority.
  • Advising a pharmaceuticals manufacturer under threat of a Competition & Markets Authority investigation for excessive pricing in the wake of the CMA’s Flynn/Pfizer decision.
  • Advising well-known newsagents and duty fee retailers over the legality of WHSmiths’ exclusivity with Network Rail for news agencies at city terminuses and World Duty Free’s exclusivity with BAA at its airports.
  • Representing Cable & Wireless; (1) as an Intervener before the Competition Appeal Tribunal in Cityhook Limited’s appeal against a decision of the Office of Fair Trading to close its investigation of an alleged anticompetitive agreement between telcos; (2) as an Interested Party in Cityhook’s judicial review of the OFT decision, after it lost its appeal to the CAT; and (3) as a defendant in a High Court damages action by Cityhook against 26 telcos.

Commercial Litigation

  • Representing a shareholder of Yukos Oil injuncted from seeing a valuation in the exercise of a call option on his shares lest he divulge the location of assets to the Russian government.
  • Representing the UK government’s Commonwealth Development Corporation in a dispute with a Spanish fishing company concerning the validity CDC’s put option to exit a Namibian joint venture between the parties.
  • Representing Ardentia Limited in a software licence fee and exclusivity dispute with its head contractor, BT, in development of the NHS national care records service (then the largest IT project in the world).
  • Representing Virgin Media against a shipping line after its subsea cable was severed by an anchor in international waters.
  • Representing the government of Trinidad & Tobago in a claim against a Spanish company for negligence in its reconstruction of Trinidad’s main highway.

Featured posts

Stephen Critchley's Publications & Speeches

Oct122022
The EU Has Today Published the Digital Markets Act – A New Rulebook for Leading Technology Companies That Will Affect Their Behaviour Worldwide

As with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the European Union has assumed the role of the world’s digital regulator by enacting a Digital Markets...

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Jul72022
Antitrust in the Digital Economy—A Dive Into EU and UK Cases Alleging Self-Preferencing and Data Monopolisation

Google Shopping, Amazon “Buy Box” and the “Privacy Sandbox” Competition authorities in the EU and the UK are focusing on the digital sector with claims...

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Mar302022
A List of the Big Technology Companies’ Multiple Antitrust Battles (For Those Who Have Lost Track)

The reasons why large digital technology firms sometimes cause concerns about unfair competition, and a summary of EU and UK investigations and litigation in response...

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Nov172021
The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal: Change at the Top, and a New Practice Direction on Witness Statements

The United Kingdom Competition Appeal Tribunal (the “CAT”) is charting a new direction in both leadership and witnesses. New President The CAT has announced that...

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