Jane Golding


Jane Golding is a senior EU law specialist, and a qualified barrister and solicitor. She has worked in the area of European law for over 20 years, at the European Commission, and in private practice in Italy, Germany, as well as in Brussels, where she spent over 15 years before moving to Berlin in 2009. She is now established in Berlin but still travels regularly for work to Brussels.

Jane’s main area of practice is EU competition law, with a focus on media and technology sectors, in particular the music sector, of which she has extensive experience, especially the digital recorded music market. Her practice also covers EU procurement law and general EU law. She guides clients through administrative proceedings before the European Commission, and represents them before the European Courts in Luxembourg.

Jane advises on competition issues arising from commercial agreements and strategic joint ventures, as well as on antitrust compliance. She also advises on merger control matters, and has a particular expertise in third party opposition in EU merger control cases. Notably, she represented IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association) in their landmark appeal against the European Commission’s merger approval of the Sony/BMG JV in Impala v. Commission before the General Court and the ECJ. She has since advised clients on their opposition in a number of large merger cases in the music sector, as well as on antitrust matters, in particular, in relation to the digital music market, and to online platforms.

Jane’s clients range from corporations through trade associations, in addition to other law firms, and she has clients in a number of different jurisdictions. While competition compliance is a key aspect of her practice, she also advises clients on using competition rules to achieve commercial objectives, for example, to stop unfair trade practices by their competitors, or by dominant players, in the market.

In addition, Jane has significant experience of legal lobbying, gained primarily through her work with the EU Committee of the Law Society, of which she was a member for 10 years. During that time, she was one of the co-authors of the Law Society Guide to the Lisbon Treaty and also gave oral evidence to the House of Lords about certain aspects of the Treaty.

Jane holds an LLB/Maîtrise in English and French Law from King’s College, London/Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). She qualified as a barrister in 1989 and, in 2002, she passed the conversion examination to qualify as a solicitor of England & Wales.

Jane is able to work in French, Italian and German, in addition to her mother tongue English.

Latest news

  • Sheppard│Co wins Antitrust and Competition Law Firm of the Year 2015 UK by Finance Monthly (January 2015)
  • Sheppard│Co wins Regulatory Law Firm of the Year 2015 by Corporate LiveWire (May 2015)
  • Sheppard│Co sets up the Competition Damages Unit (CDU) and Competition Damages Fund (CDF) with finance from DCLG and in collaboration with CIPFA to bring competition damages claims on behalf of the public sector (February 2015)