John Cassels

John Cassels Partner
Field Fisher Waterhouse

John Cassels works in Field Fisher Waterhouse's Competition and EU Regulatory Group. He provides practical, commercial advice on the assessment and allocation of competition and regulatory risk. He listens to his clients so that he understands their business and their commercial objectives.

John has advised on many complex and high profile competition and regulatory matters, including a number of multi-jurisdictional cartel and merger investigations. He has carried out compliance audits and drafted compliance manuals for dominant undertakings, and prepared defences and negotiated settlements with regulators in the UK, EU and US. John has particular expertise counselling in the food, life sciences, transport and  financial services sectors.

John also has a public procurement and state aid practice and worked in government for three years where he advised the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (now the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) on the sale of the Government's stake in British Energy to EDF Energy.

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Geo-blocking dangers 01 APR 2016

Geo-blocking dangers

The initial findings of the EU's e-commerce inquiry point to an imminent clampdown on the...

EU's e-commerce inquiry: more requests for information 30 NOV 2015

EU's e-commerce inquiry: more requests for information

In May of this year, the EU's Competition Commissioner, Margarethe Vestager, announced that there...

Where are you from? 27 NOV 2015

Where are you from?

Should the same product or service cost the same across the EU? Not necessarily: charging...

Anti-trust success 16 OCT 2015

Anti-trust success

One of the most important decisions on anti-trust damages actions was handed down by the UK...

Avoiding a VW moment 25 SEP 2015

Avoiding a VW moment

The VW "defeat devices" story that broke this week is (another) reminder of how badly wrong...

Platforms, data, transparency 11 SEP 2015

Platforms, data, transparency

The European Commission's investigation into e-commerce, which started in May, will see more...

Och aye! 04 SEP 2015

Och aye!

Back after the summer break to two of my favourite things: alcohol and Scotland! Plans by...

Arrete; arrest 03 JUL 2015

Arrete; arrest

This week the Uber France CEO and Uber's Western Europe General Manager were arrested in Paris....

Not criminal 29 JUN 2015

Not criminal

We wrote a few weeks back about the criminal trial of three executives accused of fixing prices...

"You must use this law firm; its lawyers are the best ever!" 19 JUN 2015

"You must use this law firm; its lawyers are the best ever!"

Following a call for information, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority has now opened an...

Criminal 05 JUN 2015

Criminal

The criminal trial of three executives accused of fixing prices for water storage tanks has been...

Doctor, doctor! 01 MAY 2015

Doctor, doctor!

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal this week upheld a ruling that specialist doctors...

Summer holidays 24 APR 2015

Summer holidays

The national competition authorities of Sweden, Italy and France, in coordination with the...

George Clooney (update) 06 MAR 2015

George Clooney (update)

Nespresso has been under investigation in France for a number of years following complaints...

Data monopoly 27 FEB 2015

Data monopoly

Another week, another arrow fired by the EU Commission in the direction of data rich...

We have owned the internet 20 FEB 2015

We have owned the internet

In an interview published on Re/Code technology website this week, President Obama accused EU...

Virgin on the Ridiculous: The £5bn Football Broadcasting Deal 13 FEB 2015

Virgin on the Ridiculous: The £5bn Football Broadcasting Deal

This week Sky and BT paid over £5bn to the Premier League for its live domestic broadcasting...

How to map regulatory risks 06 FEB 2015

How to map regulatory risks

There is often a 'practicality disconnect' between understanding the regulatory framework...

Not just any cab... 23 JAN 2015

Not just any cab...

In London, the licensed black taxi cabs are permitted to drive in bus lanes whilst minicabs are...

Open and Online 16 JAN 2015

Open and Online

Suppliers that seek to restrict online sales via third party platforms (e.g. eBay, Amazon) risk...

Lessons learned 09 JAN 2015

Lessons learned

We thought we would start 2015 with some of the highlights and lessons learned from 2014: ...

Most favoured customers 21 NOV 2014

Most favoured customers

In the UK, drivers are legally required to hold a valid insurance policy to cover third party...

The bridge 14 NOV 2014

The bridge

Are EU Member State governments free to finance and build infrastructure without thinking about...

Uncommitted 31 OCT 2014

Uncommitted

In the UK, the investigation into unlawful restrictive agreements in the hotel online booking...

Fixes and patches 24 OCT 2014

Fixes and patches

The Swiss Competition Authority has just closed an investigation into an abuse of dominance...

Put the pedal to the metal 10 OCT 2014

Put the pedal to the metal

Whilst the competition rules against anti-competitive agreements can apply to franchise networks,...

Not alright sweetheart 06 OCT 2014

Not alright sweetheart

It seems that the EU Commission's investigation into 'sweetheart' tax deals are top priority,...

Scotland 12 SEP 2014

Scotland

As a proud Scotsman living in London, unfortunately I don't get a vote in the referendum on...

Russia 05 SEP 2014

Russia

With the situation in Ukraine fluctuating between bad and terrible, what are the sanctions that...

Justice delayed is justice denied 11 AUG 2014

Justice delayed is justice denied

In 2013, the EU's highest court, the Court of Justice of the EU, completed 701 cases (up from 595...

Bankers 18 JUL 2014

Bankers

Bankers are back in the news in the UK today as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)...

​Raiders 27 JUN 2014

​Raiders

In order to discharge its duty as the enforcer of the EU's competition rules, the European...

RIP RRP! 09 JUN 2014

RIP RRP!

There has been a widespread clampdown on resale price maintenance (RPM) by competition...

You're barred 27 MAY 2014

You're barred

The list of potential consequences for companies found to have infringed EU (and/or Member...

Run, Competition Law, Run!  19 MAY 2014

Run, Competition Law, Run!

A few weeks ago, the German competition law regulator, the 'Bundeskartellamt', set out its...