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...

Bam! Pow! Clack! 26 JAN 2016

Bam! Pow! Clack!

The UK's antitrust regulator (the Competition and Markets Authority) this week warned companies...

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...

Prime position 12 OCT 2015

Prime position

The online shopping world is changing rapidly and Amazon, in particular, seems to be going all...

New consumer rights 02 OCT 2015

New consumer rights

The UK's new Consumer Rights Act, which introduces the biggest overhaul of consumer rights in a...

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...

At the end of the day 18 SEP 2015

At the end of the day

Being the target of a raid by regulatory authorities in the EU, and particularly the EU's...

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...

Amazon 12 JUN 2015

Amazon

The European Commission has this week added another US tech company to its list of...

Criminal 05 JUN 2015

Criminal

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

FIFA and Selling Online 01 JUN 2015

FIFA and Selling Online

FIFA Would an agreement amongst FIFA sponsors to terminate their sponsorship agreements be...

Tangled 15 MAY 2015

Tangled

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Information Commissioner (IC) have entered...

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...

Two things  17 APR 2015

Two things 

1. Searching The Google antitrust investigations in the EU have featured heavily in the news...

Streaming 13 APR 2015

Streaming

The European Competition Commissioner, Margarethe Vestager, announced last week that there will...

Major EU competition inquiry into e-commerce announced 27 MAR 2015

Major EU competition inquiry into e-commerce announced

The European Competition Commissioner, Margarethe Vestager, has announced that there will be a...

Small and local 20 MAR 2015

Small and local

A reminder this week that antitrust enforcement is not concerned only or even primarily with big...

Think of the children 13 MAR 2015

Think of the children

In the EU, it is exceptionally difficult for parent companies to escape liability for antitrust...

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...

Knock knock... 30 JAN 2015

Knock knock...

In the unfortunate event that competition officials come knocking, the questions racing on your...

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: ...

Tech combat 15 DEC 2014

Tech combat

The Google antitrust investigations in the EU reflect fevered interest in Europe in the notion of...

Pay you, pay me 05 DEC 2014

Pay you, pay me

The UK papers are this morning carrying a story that Premier Foods, one of the country's biggest...

Opec #fail 28 NOV 2014

Opec #fail

OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, is an intergovernmental body that...

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...

More chips 07 NOV 2014

More chips

In 2009, the EU Commission decided to close its investigation into Qualcomm, the US chip...

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...

Object 17 OCT 2014

Object

In the EU, agreements between companies that have either the object or the effect of restricting...

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,...

Whistleblowing 26 SEP 2014

Whistleblowing

Tesco's £250 million profits overstatement bombshell was brought to the attention of the GC and...

Selling in the EU 19 SEP 2014

Selling in the EU

For businesses looking to start selling into the EU, there is a variety of models that can be...

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...

Talk to me 01 SEP 2014

Talk to me

Talking to colleagues in your sector and sharing information B2B is common business practice. ...

George Clooney  22 AUG 2014

George Clooney 

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

Property market II 18 AUG 2014

Property market II

In April, we discussed the first reported case on the application of the UK competition rules to...

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...

WhatsApp with Facebook? The Competition Angle 01 AUG 2014

WhatsApp with Facebook? The Competition Angle

In February, Facebook announced that it had agreed to purchase WhatsApp, an instant messaging...

It's summer…  25 JUL 2014

It's summer… 

And time for an update on the various antitrust investigations into price fixing in the hotel...

Bankers 18 JUL 2014

Bankers

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

Got got, need need! Competition for World Cup Stickers 11 JUL 2014

Got got, need need! Competition for World Cup Stickers

One of life's guilty pleasures (for some …) involves collecting World Cup football stickers....

Taxi!  04 JUL 2014

Taxi! 

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

​Raiders 27 JUN 2014

​Raiders

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

Keeping your documents where you want them 20 JUN 2014

Keeping your documents where you want them

Knowing what information will be subject to disclosure to whom, and how to minimise the...

The high cost of rebates 13 JUN 2014

The high cost of rebates

This week the EU's General Court dismissed in its entirety an appeal by Intel, the US...

RIP RRP! 09 JUN 2014

RIP RRP!

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

The results are in... what next? 03 JUN 2014

The results are in... what next?

The success of the UK Independence Party in last week's European elections has attracted a...

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...