Susannah

Susannah Sheppard

Partner

Susannah Sheppard is a partner at Sheppard | Co and is a qualified barrister and solicitor with over 15 years’ experience. Her experience includes being a partner in private practice in both large and niche city firms, specialising in competition and regulatory law as well as in the Government Legal Service dealing with general European law matters where she began her legal practice in the European Fast Stream.

Susannah has considerable experience in both the public and private sector having worked for the European Commission, the UK Cabinet Office and the European Court of Justice prior to going into private practice.

Susannah’s expertise covers all aspects of EU and UK competition law and includes EU and regulatory experience in a number of sectors including; telecommunications, media and technology, travel, air transport, financial services, pharmaceuticals and food.

She has handled ECJ litigation, defended cartelists and advised clients on competition and regulatory compliance and strategy as well as bringing complaints against competitors and suppliers. Her representation includes acting for regulators, multinationals and SMEs.

Recent work includes acting for Guardian Care Homes on the leading LIBOR damages case against Barclays, acting for a group of claimants in against the air cargo cartel, advising the UK airport slot regulator and advising on IP/Competition law strategy as well as EU wide selective distribution.

Susannah became a Competition and Regulatory partner at Addleshaw Goddard in 2002 and set up the competition and regulatory practice of Kemp Little, a specialist technology focussed city based law firm at the beginning of 2008.

While at Kemp Little she acted for high profile clients in the technology and financial services sectors, as well as many other FTSE100 firms and well- known brands in relation to a range of competition and regulatory law issues. Her work ranged from lodging the first Ofcom complaint against BT on margin squeeze in wholesale telecommunications pricing and advising on obtaining access to data and media content for major media operators to the selective distribution of luxury goods.

At Theodore and Addleshaw Goddard she was involved in the landmark competition case relating to the British Horseracing Board, defending a member of the sugar cartel as well as successfully representing a group of claimants bringing an action against the UK Customs & Revenue which set a precedent for obtaining documents from the European Commission in its delegations worldwide. She was also involved in representing interveners in support of the UK Government in a major EU and trade law case involving Cyprus which was referred twice to the ECJ and ultimately decided by the House of Lords. For a number of years she was also the principal adviser to the UK’s airport slot regulator.

Her work for the UK government primarily involved handling ECJ litigation and defending judicial review proceedings where she managed cases involving, for example, the approval process for agrochemicals in relation to parallel importing procedures, the interpretation of the meaning of ‘natural mineral water’ for labelling and marketing purposes, the UK government’s action against France for failing to deal with French strikers blockading UK imports as well as and the rules concerning the designation of origin of specialist food products. During this time she was also involved in drafting and implementing UK regulations transposing EC law.

During her time at the European Commission, Susannah was involved in EU policy on standardisation and certification and technical trade barriers both internally and as part of Europe’s international trade policy. She launched the international negotiations for Mutual Recognition Agreements between the EU and a number of countries including, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Israel, Hong Kong and Singapore and was involved in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute IPR policy.

Susannah gained her law degree from Oxford University (LLM Hons.) she also has a Maîtrise in International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Master’s degree in economics for competition law from King’s College, London. Susannah speaks French and Spanish.

Susannah is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, is a member of the Competition Law Association and the International League of Competition Lawyers (LIDC) and is a regular contributor to and an the editorial board of Lexis Nexis Competition Law.

Contact Susannah on +44 (0)20 3427 3528 or susannah.sheppard@sheppard-co.com

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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)