James Bourke

Call: 2014 | 2020 (Ireland) | 2001 (New York Attorney)

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James is a competition law specialist with strong experience in EU law. He is recommended as a leading junior for Competition Law by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500:

He is incredibly hard-working, creative and thoughtful.” (Chambers UK, 2020)

His skill really outweighs his year of call; he is clever, thorough and knows EU competition law inside out.” (Chambers UK, 2020)

‘‘He has experience and knowledge beyond his year of call’’ and he is ‘‘A competition junior to watch – very bright and thorough. A class act.’’ (Legal 500)

James is an experienced practitioner, originally qualifying as a New York attorney in 2000. A former référendaire at the General Court of the EU, he was a member of the European Commission’s Legal Service for 5 years. He has also worked as a solicitor at a leading London law firm.

Recent and significant cases include:

  • Acting for Apple in its appeal against the European Commission’s State aid decision alleging that Ireland granted €13 billion of aid to Apple.
  • Acting for Broadcom on its challenge to the European Commission’s decision of October 2019 imposing interim measures for the first time in 20 years.
  • Appearing for the European Commission in its intervention before the Court of Appeal in the Flynn / Pfizer case (November 2019).
  • Acting for DAF in the Trucks competition damages litigation.