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 also has a particular interest in public law and regularly acts for the Government as a panel member. He is recommended as a leading junior for Competition Law by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500:

    “Hugely knowledgeable about competition law and provides great advice… He has a level of wisdom far beyond his year of call.” –  Legal 500, 2023

    James is fantastically responsive and super hard- working.” “You’re getting serious bang for your buck with James.” – Chambers UK, 2021

    A former référendaire at the General Court of the EU, James 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 DAF in the Trucks competition damages litigation, in particular in the first trial before the CAT (May-June 2022).
    • Acting for Apple in its successful appeal to the General Court of the EU against the European Commission’s State aid decision alleging that Ireland granted €13 billion of aid to Apple ( now on appeal to the CJEU).
    • Appearing for the European Commission in its intervention before the Court of Appeal in the Flynn / Pfizer case excessive pricing case (November 2019).
    • Acting for First MTR in the ongoing Gutmann collective proceedings claim, led by Tim Ward KC.