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Julian Gregory is a competition and regulatory law specialist who is consistently ranked by the directories as a leading senior junior in his field. He is praised by clients for being “extremely good at grasping highly technical and complex legal issues”, communicating them with “great clarity of thought and expression” and identifying “hidden strategic opportunities”. He is a “robust advocate and clear drafter” who appears before regulators, the CAT, the High Court and appellate courts.
Julian is instructed by a wide range of bodies, from global multinationals to small local businesses and government bodies. He works with clients to understand their objectives and how their organizations operate, and is credited with having “great commercial awareness”. The directories say “he is very approachable and combines a down-to-earth attitude with strong intellectual ability”.
Julian frequently operates as part of a large team and can help solicitors to manage major, long-running cases. He enjoys working closely with economists: clients say he has a “superb understanding of economics” and he has post-graduate training in econometrics, often used in merger analysis and damages models. He looks to express technical arguments as simply as possible so that they can be understood easily by non-expert judges.
He has particular experience of opt-out collective proceedings (he is currently involved in the Roberts (sewerage spills) and Pollack (ad tech) claims), damages actions, applications for injunctions and challenges to regulatory decisions on judicial review grounds, including in merger inquiries and market investigations. He has an intimate understanding of the major UK regulators, having been seconded to the OFT, CC and ORR in the early years of his practice and has worked extensively in the field of telecoms and regulated utilities, and in the retail, finance, healthcare, sports and media sectors.
Julian is ranked as a leading senior junior by the directories and is recognized as having “a superb understanding of both economics and competition law” and “an intimate understanding of CAT processes”. He is a competition law specialist with extensive experience in all areas of competition law (see Cases).
Julian’s areas of work include:
Julian has acted in numerous challenges on judicial review grounds to decisions by the competition authorities and sectoral regulators. These include challenges to decisions taken by the CMA in merger inquiries and market investigations, and to decisions taken by sectoral regulators such as Ofcom, Ofwat, Ofgem, the CAA and the Rail Regulator.
Julian is the co-author of the chapter on ‘Judicial review in a competition context’ in Sweet & Maxwell’s Competition litigation in the UK.
Julian is ranked by the directories as a leading junior in the fields of telecoms and regulatory law. Clients credit him with being “extremely good at grasping highly technical and complex legal issues”, which often arise in telecoms and regulatory cases, and say that “he gets to the heart of issues quickly and is able to communicate clearly”. His familiarity with economic concepts and econometric analysis helps him to work effectively alongside economists in these areas.
Julian has extensive experience of cases involving the application of competition law in the sports sector, most recently in Saracens v Premiership Rugby which involved a competition law challenge to the lawfulness of rugby union’s salary cap regulations. He has advised in relation to the sale of Premier League media rights, the lawfulness of Premier League parachute payments and acted for adidas in its successful application for an injunction to prevent the IFT and tennis Grand Slam tournaments from banning the use of the three stripe design on adidas tennis wear. He advised in relation to the OFT’s investigation into the Orders and Rules of Horseracing and was instructed in the CAT appeal relating to the sale of horseracing media rights to Attheraces.
Julian was instructed by DCMS in relation to the Fox/Sky merger and the related judicial review claim which contended that Fox was ‘fit and proper’ to hold a broadcast license. He was instructed in the Movies on pay TV market investigation which considered the extent to which Sky Movies gave Sky market power notwithstanding the emergence of OTT services such as those offered by Netflix and Amazon.
Julian is intimately familiar with the TV advertising sales market as a result of his role as Legal Adviser to the ITV Adjudicator, established following the merger between Carlton and Granada which formed ITV. He was instructed in relation to Ofcom’s consultation as to whether to make a market investigation reference concerning competition issues in the TV advertising trading mechanism, the inquiry by the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications into the regulation of TV advertising, and the reviews of the CRR undertakings imposed on ITV carried out by Ofcom and the CC.
Competition Law: “Julian is very easy to work with and extremely smart.” “His legal knowledge, understanding and way of looking at potential areas of work are excellent too.” “Julian has a great eye for detail, and really uncovers and works through problems and issues.” – Chambers UK, 2024
Leading junior in Competition: “Julian has a brilliantly forensic approach to reviewing evidence and in using that evidence to bring his pleadings to life. He is appropriately forceful when challenging the client to get to the nub of issues and his drafting is measured and insightful.” – Legal 500, 2024
Competition Law: “Absolutely brilliant and technically fantastic. He is so able to grasp what the crux of the issues is, and also has a very nice way of working with you.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2023
Leading junior in Competition: “As well as an impressive grasp of the law, Julian is extremely skilled at synthesising large amounts of complex information and building them into a readily comprehensible case narrative.” – Legal 500, 2023
Competition Law: “A superb senior junior who is extremely effective and intelligent.” “Very enthusiastic; he gets up to speed and he is responsive, level-headed and thoughtful about what he is doing.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2022
Leading junior in Competition: “Fantastic attention to detail in his analysis and drafting of pleadings and submissions. Considers every angle and identifies hidden strategic opportunities. Thinks ahead.” – Legal 500, 2022
Competition Law: “He is extremely knowledgeable and very insightful.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2021
Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘He is bright and hard working and knows his sector well. He does a great job.’’ – Legal 500, 2021
Leading junior in Telecoms (regulatory): ‘‘He is strong on technical elements with experience across the regulatory and telecoms fields.’’ – Legal 500, 2021
Competition Law: “Particularly good when working on quantum and testing whether or not the economics behind our argument works.” “He is extremely industrious” and “is willing to explain the situation in a way that is easy to understand.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2020
Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘He has great commercial awareness.’’ – Legal 500, 2020
Leading junior in Telecoms (regulatory): ‘‘He is strong on technical elements with experience across the regulatory and telecoms fields.’’ – Legal 500, 2020
Competition Law: “He is able to assimilate complex material and is impressively diligent.” – Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2019
Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘A good junior and helpful in supporting a team.’’ – Legal 500, 2018
Leading junior in Telecoms (regulatory): ‘‘His impressive diligence make him a highly valued senior junior.’’ – Legal 500, 2018
Competition Law: “His ability to assimilate complex material and his impressive diligence make him a highly valued senior junior.” – Chambers UK, 2018
Leading junior in Competition: ‘‘A highly regarded junior.’’ – Legal 500, 2017
Leading junior in Telecoms (regulatory): ‘‘A diligent and personable junior.’’ – Legal 500, 2017
Competition Law: “He is very able and extremely good at grasping highly technical and complex legal issues.” – Chambers UK, 2017
Leading Junior in EU and Competition: ‘‘He provides great clarity of thought and expression.’’ – Legal 500, 2016
Leading Junior in Telecoms (regulatory): ‘‘An effective advocate and a real team player.’’ – Legal 500, 2016
Competition Law: “He’s very thorough and he picks up new areas very quickly.” – Chambers UK & Chambers Global, 2016
“He gets to the heart of issues quickly and is able to communicate clearly.” Leading Junior in EU and competition Law. Legal 500, 2015
“He gets to the heart of the issues quickly.” Leading Junior in Telecoms Law. Legal 500, 2015
Competition Law: “He is very approachable and combines a down-to-earth attitude with strong intellectual ability.” – Chambers UK, 2015
‘A robust advocate and clear drafter.’ Julian is a recommended leading Junior in EU and Competition Law. Legal 500, 2014
‘Excellent at preparing a strong piece of advocacy.’ Julian Gregory is a recommended leading Junior in Telecommunications Law. Legal 500, 2014
Under Competition Law: The pairing of his competition and regulatory expertise attracts considerable work from clients in the telecoms space. He is also praised for his efforts in abuse of dominance matters and for his work with the regulators. “He is a very good person to work with who will definitely make an impression.” “He has a superb understanding of both economics and competition law.”Chambers UK, 2014
“Julian Gregory has ‘an intimate understanding of CAT processes‘,” he is a recommended leading Junior in EU and Competition Law. Legal 500, 2013
Julian Gregory is a recommended leading Junior in Telecommunications Law. Legal 500, 2013
“Julian Gregory is a new addition to the table, and is highly praised for his “really strong competition law analysis.” He is noted for his ability to provide “high-quality, commercial advice which is appreciated by clients,” and has been involved in several competition law cases in the last year. He was involved in Ryanair’s appeal of an OFT decision, and also took part in the Competition Commission investigation into pay-TV movies.” Chambers UK, 2013
Julian Gregory is a recommended leading junior in EU and Competition Law. Legal 500, 2012