Praised by clients for his "calm and measured" approach, Christopher Hutton advises clients on all aspects of UK and EU competition law. He represents clients before antitrust authorities in the UK and across Europe, including specialist sectoral regulators.

Christopher has been involved in many leading cases in the UK and Europe. He advises clients on a broad range of contentious antitrust matters, and his contentious practice includes global cartel investigations, regulatory investigations, antitrust damages cases and judicial reviews. He has advised and assisted clients in numerous precedent setting cases before the UK courts, including cases involving the most innovative antitrust litigation strategies.

Another focus of Christopher's practice is helping clients navigate market investigations, sector reviews and market power inquiries. The outcome of such investigations can have a profound impact on businesses. Christopher works closely with clients, including those subject to some of the largest market investigations, to engage with antitrust authorities and safeguard their commercial interests.

Christopher also advises on transactional matters, including mergers and joint venture arrangements. He advises clients on the impact of competition law on their commercial arrangements, and on the design and implementation of competition compliance programmes.

Bringing his legal knowledge and commercial understanding to clients' problems, together with his experience within the legal division of the Office of Fair Trading, Christopher helps clients find the best possible outcomes in the most difficult and challenging circumstances.

Awards and recognitions

"highly recommended"
Legal 500 UK

2014

"An excellent technical mind and commercial sensibilities"
Legal 500 UK 2014 (EU and Competition)

2014

"Measured and calm"
Legal 500 UK 2014 (Competition Litigation)

Education and admissions

Education

M.A., University of Cambridge

Postgraduate Diploma in European Law, King's College London

Memberships

Law Society of England and Wales

Law Society Competition Section

Competition Law Association

Competition Law Forum

United Kingdom Association for European Law

Competition Litigation Network

Bar admissions and qualifications

England and Wales

Republic of Ireland

Representative experience

Advising clients in relation to high profile global antitrust investigations.

Advising clients in various EU Member states in relation to national competition investigations.

Representing an industry association in relation to the Financial Conduct Authority's credit card market study.

Advising Stansted Airport in relation to the Civil Aviation Authority's market power assessment.

Representing Ernst & Young in relation to a market investigation into the supply of audit services to large companies.

Advising a number of international groups in relation to a 'follow-on' damages claim brought in the English High Court.

Representing a leading retailer in relation to the OFT's Tobacco investigations and subsequent appeals to the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Representing a leading retailer in relation to the OFT's Dairy investigations, including judicial review and defamation actions against the OFT.

Acting for a leading UK bank in an intervention in the General Court in Luxembourg.

Advising an international corporation in establishing its European distribution network.

Latest thinking and events

Hogan Lovells Publications

Brexit: trade associations and competition law

Hogan Lovells Publications

Webinar: A new regime for competition claims in the UK

Published Works

Online price restrictions: the Pride Mobility scooters case

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