Helen Bignall

Helen Bignall

Counsel, London

Email helen.bignall@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +44 20 7296 2385

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupRegulatory

Listed as a 'rising' star.

Super Lawyer magazine for 2014

Helen Bignall has an extremely broad EU and UK Competition Law practice. She has extensive experience in cartels and market investigations, competition litigation and merger control across a wide-range of industries including banking and luxury goods. She also acts for clients in relation to the application of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).

Helen is recognised by clients as having a can-do, pragmatic approach to solving problems. Clients are impressed by her in-depth knowledge of the law and their industry sector which she uses to provide them with commercial advice.

Helen has recently been working on the Air Cargo case at EU level before the General Court and in the ground-breaking UK damages litigation. She has also been involved in the UK CMA retail banking market investigation.

Helen continues to advise clients on competition issues arising in the context of distribution agreements and IP licences and regularly provides compliance advice including through client seminars.

Helen has spent time on a client secondment which has given her an even greater understanding of client needs.

Education and admissions


Legal Practice Certificate, Nottingham Law School, 2001

Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Law School, 2000

B.A., University of Cambridge, 1998


Member, The Law Society of England and Wales

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Solicitor, Republic of Ireland

Representative experience

Advising Air Canada in its appeal to the EU General Court in Air Cargo and on damages litigation in the UK Courts

Advising Mersen in follow-on damages claims in the Competition Appeal Tribunal

Advising AEG on the review by the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission of its right to manage Wembley Arena

Advising a large construction company in relation to the OFT construction industry investigation

Advising a major sports body in its successful application to intervene in an English High Court case

Advising Bureau Veritas on multi-jurisdiction merger clearances in the acquisition of Inspicio

Advising clients on the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) and on all other compliance issues

Advising a client on the availability of EU competition law arguments as a defence in criminal and civil injunction proceedings

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