Samuel R Beighton

Recommended as a "Next Generation Partner" for EU and Competition law (Legal 500), Samuel works closely with clients to grow and protect their businesses.

With a background in competition law economics, Samuel advises upon a broad range of competition law issues, including merger control, dawn raids and investigations, anti-competitive arrangements and abuses of dominance, distribution and e-commerce, and the intersection of competition law and IP rights. In addition, Samuel advises upon the application of the UK's National Security and Investment Act 2021, and the UK's subsidy control regime.

Samuel regularly represents clients before competition and sectoral authorities, and advises businesses active in sectors including automotive, construction, energy, food and drink, healthcare, life sciences, luxury brands, retail, and technology. In addition, he advises government departments, public sector bodies, and local government authorities.

Samuel speaks and writes on competition law developments, and has contributed to a range of international publications, including "Merger Control" (Chambers and Partners), and "Foreign Direct Investment Regimes" (ICLG).


Merger control and NS&I

  • Advising Codemasters Group Holdings plc in relation to its planned acquisition by a competitor, including securing Phase 1 merger clearances in Austria and Germany.
  • Advising a leading supplier in the construction sector in relation to acquisitions of competitors, including securing merger clearances in the UK.
  • Advising a renewable energy provider on a joint venture with competitors, including securing Phase 1 merger clearance in the EU.
  • Advising Origin Enterprises plc and its group on a number of acquisitions of competitors, including securing various Phase 1 merger clearances in the UK.

Dawn raids and competition investigations

  • Advising parties investigated by authorities in the UK in sectors including construction, energy, manufacturing, retail, and technology.
  • Advising parties on securing immunity under the leniency programme in the UK.

Distribution and e-commerce

  • Advising brand owners on the organisation and operation of their sales and aftersales networks, including addressing issues in relation to resale pricing, online sales, and agency.

Competition law and IP rights

  • Advising a technology owner on competition law issues arising in the context of patents declared essential to voluntary industry standards, including defending a complaint made to the European Commission alleging various abuses of a dominance.
  • Advising a biosimilar company on patent-related breaches of competition law by a major pharmaceutical company, including making a complaint to the European Commission.
  • Advising a range of technology owners on competition law issues arising in the context of agreements to settle patent litigation.

Competition litigation

  • Advising technology owners on defending allegations of competition law infringement in the context of patent litigation before the High Court of England and Wales.
  • Advising a major supplier on defending actions for damages and interest brought by customers before the High Court of England and Wales, following on from a European Commission infringement decision in respect of a cartel that operated for more than thirty years.

Subsidy control

  • Advising a city council on the application of subsidy control provisions to a proposed commercial arrangement for the acquisition of properties from a developer.