Profile

Areas of Work:
-EU Merger Control
-EC Commission filings
-Competition Law
-Commercial Contracts
-Business disputes
-Financial Services
-Intellectual Property
-Public Procurement
-Cartels
-Energy
-Transport
-Technology, Media & Telecommunications
-Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals
-Sports Law

Suzanne is an accredited mediator with CEDR (the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution). Her core area of practice is EU and Competition Law where she has represented businesses, public authorities, and NGOs for over 15 years. Suzanne also mediates in respect of sector regulatory disputes in a variety of industries including telecommunications, energy, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, transport and water. Suzanne also handles cases where there is a connection between competition law and intellectual property.

Suzanne is typically retained due to her innovative and creative approach to working with the parties, their advisors and experts. She will guide them to design, develop and implement a workable and lasting settlement. Suzanne is one of very few English mediators who focus on cases that have a competition or regulatory angle.

Suzanne is an extremely approachable mediator who aims to offer a modern and commercial attitude to mediation. This combined with her resilience and ease in dealing with technical economic and financial issues can often help parties to reach a solution and move on.

Advantages of mediation in competition cases:

• Leads to more creative solutions than litigation and can offer other alternatives in reaching a resolution beyond financial compensation.

• May allow parties to continue doing business with one another on more flexible and user friendly terms compared to those offered by a court.

• Mediation can offer a quicker 'once and for all' solution, reducing costs and limiting damage to the competition position and reputation of respective businesses.

• It may be in both parties' interests to avoid any future binding precedents of law.

• The parties are in control of the decision to settle and the terms of the settlement.

Representative experience:

• Advising a mobile operator on the alternative dispute resolution routes available to it in relation to a dispute with an incumbent telecoms provider raising competition law claims.

• Advising on the EU competition law issues relating to patent settlement agreements in pharmaceutical 'pay for delay' cases.

• Advising numerous international technology companies on the competition law issues arising from their patent settlement agreements including under the EU Technology Transfer Block Exemption.

• Advising the UK Payment Systems Regulator on the design and implementation of its policy and procedures for handling disputes in relation to payment systems, including over access and terms and conditions.

• Representing an Italian gas supplier on EU competition law claims and settlement in an arbitration involving a State-owned energy company.

• Advising on the options to challenge a tender procedure in relation to public sector contracts including through mediation.

• Advising on competition law issues arising under the Indian Competition Act 2002 in the context of arbitration in the gas sector.

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