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Nicholas Gibson: EXPERTISE

Crime and Regulatory Law

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Nicholas has significant experience of regulatory issues affecting corporate clients with a particular focus on cartel enforcement and consumer law. Nicholas has also appeared in the Crown Court and Magistrates Courts in prosecutions involving EU or competition law matters. For further details of some of his experience in this area, see the cases listed below.

Investigation into the supply of products to the construction industry (2013) (OFT Case Ref. CE/9705/12) Advising the Office of Fair Trading in relation to a criminal investigation into suspected cartel activity in the supply of products to the construction industry. Appearing in the High Court on applications for warrants under section 194 of the Enterprise Act 2002 to carry out searches at a number of locations across the UK. Details of the case are available via the OFT’s website here.

Marine Management Organisation v Craig (2013) (Case No T2012) Representing (with Rhodri Thompson QC) an inshore fisherman accused of fishing in breach of his quota allocation, and appearing in the Crown Court and on appeal to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) on his application that the prosecution be stayed as an abuse of process because UK quota allocation is discriminatory and breached general principles of EU law and EU law on State aid; and representing him in an appeal to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).

R v Euroteam AS; OFT v Gyrre (2012) Advising on defences under the European laws of competition and free movement of goods and services to alleged offences of selling Olympic tickets without authorisation under the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006. Further advising (with Rhodri Thompson QC) in relation to an application by the Office of Fair Trading to the High Court for an interim enforcement order under Part 8 of the Enterprise Act 2002 arising from alleged Community infringements under consumer protection legislation.

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