Sam Hare is a senior associate in our Competition – Antitrust Practice based in our London office. Sam has experience of advising clients on all aspects of EU and UK competition law, with a particular emphasis on cartel investigations and related litigation (including claimant and defendant cartel damages litigation in the UK courts, and representing clients in relation to global cartel investigations before the European Commission and litigation before the European courts).

    Sam also has experience of UK and EU merger control in a number of industries.

    He also has extensive experience of public procurement litigation in the UK courts, acting for both claimants and defendants.

    Sam regularly advises on the competition aspects of distribution agreements and joint ventures, and provides competition compliance advice to various joint venture boards and trade associations.

    He has spent several years working out of the firm's Brussels office and in the Legal Service of the European Parliament.

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    Litigation (UK and EU)

    • Representing BritNed Development Limited in its claim for follow-on damages against ABB in the UK High Court (the first case of its kind to go to judgment in the UK), in which it was awarded €15 million in damages by way of two judgments in October and November 2018. The claim in the High Court followed on from the European Commission Decision in the Power Cables cartel.
    • Representing BritNed Development Limited in its appeal to the Court of Appeal against the October and November 2018 judgments of Mr Justice Marcus Smith in BritNed v ABB. Both parties are appealing (ongoing).    
    • Representing LAN Cargo and LATAM Airlines in its defence of a contribution claim in the UK High Court following the European Commission Decision in the Airfreight cartel (ongoing).
    • Representing SRCL Limited in its appeal to the Court of Appeal against the July 2018 judgment of Mr Justice Fraser in SRCL Limited v NHS England (ongoing). Squire Patton Boggs did not advise SRCL in relation to its High Court action.
    • Successfully representing Marston Holdings Limited in its claim against the Ministry of Justice, following a procurement process for the delivery of approved enforcement agency services. The Ministry of Justice agreed to cancel the award and re-run the procurement in November 2018.
    • Representing a company in relation to defending a damages claim against it in the UK following the European Commission Decision in the Refrigeration Compressors cartel.
    • Representing LAN Cargo and LATAM Airlines in their appeal to the EU General Court following the 2010 European Commission Decision in the Airfreight case (2011).

    Cartels and Investigations

    • Representing one of the parties under investigation in an ongoing CMA probe into suspected anticompetitive agreements in the construction equipment sector (ongoing).
    • Successfully defending a branded bathroom fittings company on the CMA’s probe into suspected anticompetitive practices in the bathroom fittings sector, which was launched on 28 August 2014 and closed (as regards our client) in May 2016.
    • Advising a Premier League football club in relation to the investigation by Ofcom into the sale of live UK audio-visual media rights to Premier League matches (2015).

    Merger Control

    • Successfully advising Vp plc on the CMA’s merger control review of its completed acquisition of Brandon Hire, which was cleared unconditionally on 7 March 2018.
    • Successfully advising Peninsula Business Services on the CMA’s merger control review of its completed acquisition of Croner Group. This was cleared unconditionally on 9 May 2016.
    • Advising several banking consortia on merger control aspects regarding the establishment of various fintech platforms.

    Advisory Work

    • Advising clients regarding a variety of supply and distribution agreements.
    • Advising several banking consortia (fintech) and trade associations on competition law compliance.

    Education

    • Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, L.P.C., 2009
    • Oxford Brookes University, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2008
    • The University of Edinburgh, M.A., 2007

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2014

    Languages

    • English
    • French
    • Brazilian Portuguese
    • Italian

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