Ronit Kreisberger is a leading senior junior, whose practice spans all aspects of competition, regulatory and trade law, and a former solicitor-advocate with many years’ experience at a leading City law firm.
According to the directories, Ronit is “a fearless advocate“, “truly excellent” “can take charge when others despair and frequently spots the key point that will win a case” and “understands the commercial needs of the client“.
She is consistently ranked by the directories as a leading junior for both Competition Law and Media, Entertainment and Sport. She was recently shortlisted by Chambers UK for Competition Law Junior of the Year Award and has featured in the Lawyer’s Hot 100. Ronit is also recognised as a leading competition expert in the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists 2015 and Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2016.
Ronit regularly appears in the High Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal and represents clients before the competition regulators. She has extensive experience of injunctions, large scale damages actions and regulatory appeals. She is also well-placed to advise on all matters relating to Brexit, in particular in the competition law and regulatory fields, as well as post-Brexit trade relationships.
Ronit has experience across a wide range of industry sectors, with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical/life sciences sector, media and sport. Her clients include Cathay Pacific, Vodafone, Pfizer, Roche, Teva, Merck, Turf TV, the Racing UK racecourses, the Royal Mail, MAN ERF, Ballast Nedam, CDI AndersElite, and the competition regulators. She has acted in the landmark cases of Air Cargo, “Pay for Delay”, Crehan, BAGS v AMRAC and the Construction/Construction Recruitment Penalty Appeals in the CAT.
Ronit is also:
- a member of the Attorney General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown
- a contributing editor of the 7th edition of Bellamy & Child, The European Community Law of Competition
- Competition Law: Recent Major Cases
- Lundbeck Pay for Delay
- T-111/08 MasterCard v Commission; interchange fees
- T-38/11 Cathay Pacific v Commission: air cargo surcharges appeal
- C-58/08 Vodafone and Ors v UK (2007) All ER (D) 120: challenge to the Roaming Regulation
- Supreme Court / Court of Appeal / High Court
High Court / Court of Appeal
- Ecotricity v Tesla
- Scottish Ministers/Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland & Ors v Reckitt Benckiser; abuse of dominance/follow on claim
- Chemistree v Roche Products: 2012, abuse of dominance Chemistree v Teva Pharmaceuticals: 2011, abuse of dominance
- Intecare Direct v Pfizer: 2009, mandatory injunction, abuse of dominance
- BAGS v AMRAC: 2008, Chancery Division; 2009, Court of Appeal, challenge to licensing of media sport rights; collective boycott; unlawful agreements under Article 101/Chapter I UV v Nominet: injunction/damages; refusal to supply; Chapters I and II (settled)
- The Leaflet Company v Royal Mail: major damages action; abuse of dominance Cityhook v BT & Ors: damages action for alleged collective boycott (stayed)
- AAH and others v Pfizer (2007) EWHC 565: mandatory injunction; exclusive distribution arrangements
- Inntrepreneur v Crehan (2006) UKHL 38: House of Lords, landmark case on damages MAN ERF v Wootton Trucks Ltd (2006) EWCA Civ 1042: mandatory injunction, Ch I and II
Competition Appeal Tribunal
- Merck v CMA: paroxetine, pay for delay AXA/HCA v CMA: private healthcare appeal
- CDI AndersElite v OFT: construction recruitment cartel, major penalty appeal Ballast Nedam v OFT: cover pricing in construction industry; major penalty appeal
- Aggregate Industries v OFT: refusal to approve purchaser pursuant to undertakings in lieu
- Advising a party in connection with the OFT’s investigation into allegations of competition law infringements by Mercedes-Benz and dealers of M-B trucks and vans
- Acting for the OFT in investigation into MasterCard’s credit card interchange fees
- Acting for a major chemicals company in commercial arbitration; breach of Article 101
- Acting for Kerry Foods in relation to its completed acquisition of Headland Foods
- Pharmaceutical Law
Ronit has an impressive list of pharmaceutical clients which include: Merck, Teva, Pfizer and Roche.
Recent highlights of Ronit’s pharmaceutical practice:
- currently acting for Merck in its UK and EU appeals against the Commission Decision in the Lundbeck “Pay for Delay” case and the CMA decision on paroxetine;
- successfully representing a number of pharmaceutical companies in a series of separate High Court proceedings brought by Chemistree Homecare alleging that conditions attaching to the supply of drugs infringed EU rules on competition / the supply of pharmaceuticals
- acting for the Northern Irish and Scottish health bodies in their claims for damages against Reckitt Benckiser for abuses in relation to the supply of Gaviscon
- Media & Sports Law
- Ronit is recommended as a leading junior for media, entertainment and sport
- She acted for Amrac and Racing UK courses in the landmark Turf TV case on collective exclusive licensing of broadcasting rights, in which they successfully defeated the claims of the major bookmakers in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court
- She regularly advises sports bodies and business operating in the field of sport on their online/media/audio-visual licensing arrangements
- Telecommunications & Utilities Regulation
Ronit acted for Vodafone in its appeal against the Roaming Regulation.
She has acted for mobile phone operators in appeals to the CAT and advises companies and regulators in the field of telecoms regulation. Ronit also advises on utilities regulation, particularly in the regulation of water companies.
- What the Directories Say
Leading junior in EU and Competition: ‘Meticulous and thoughtful; judges listen and warm to her.’ – Legal 500, 2016
“According to sources, she is “truly excellent” and “very practical”, and she “understands the commercial needs of the client”.” – WHO’S WHO LEGAL (WWL) UK BAR 2016
” A bright counsel who is highly engaged.” “She provides clear, prompt advice and is very user-friendly.” – Chambers UK & Chambers Global, 2016
”A great communicator.” – Legal 500, 2015
“Ronit Kreisberger has experience across a wide range of industry sectors and is a “complete pleasure to work with” according to her peers.” – Who’s Who Legal UK Bar, 2015
“Regularly instructed by the best law firms in the business, she is respected by peers and clients alike. Kreisberger has a strong private client base, and also acts for government bodies and the regulator. “A fearless advocate.” “She is very helpful, clear and commercial, and is able to advise on new legal developments.” “- Chambers UK, 2015
Ronit is recognised as a leading Competition Law expert – International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists 2014.
“A former solicitor advocate who offers a high level of commerciality and has an excellent ability to interact with clients. As such she is very popular with leading law firms. Sources note that she is particularly strong in competition cases in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.” “Provides clear, crisp advice and is very easy to work with.” “Has an excellent pedigree in competition law and is a very dedicated barrister.” – Chambers UK, 2014
“The ‘approachable‘ Ronit Kreisberger is ‘easy to work with‘.” Recommended as a leading Junior under EU & Competition Law. – Legal 500, 2013
“Ronit Kreisberger offers “crisp, clear advice,” is “easy to work with” and is a “practical and effective advocate.”” – Chambers UK, 2013
Ronit Kreisberger is a recommended leading junior in EU and Competition Law. – Legal 500, 2012
“Impressive, Ronit Kreisberger offers both “incisive analytical skills and compendious legal knowledge.” A “quietly destructive advocate who produces easy-to-follow oral submissions,” she is someone with “endless drive and determination.”“Intellectually stimulating to work with,” she acted for Cathay Pacific in its appeal against the European Commission’s decision to impose fines on 11 air cargo carriers for participating in a worldwide fuel and security surcharges cartel. – Chambers UK, 2012
Ronit Kreisberger is a recommended leading junior in EU & Competition Law. – Legal 500, 2011
Ronit Kreisberger is regarded as one of “chambers’ rising stars.” – Global Competition Review: Barrister Survey, 2011
“Sources report “pleasant and successful dealings” with competition specialist Ronit Kreisberger. Like so many in the set, Kreisberger is perenially busy, with one recent example of her work being an appeal on behalf of CDI Corp against the OFT’s decision following its investigation into cartel activity in the construction recruitment industry.” Recommended in Competition/European Law – Chambers UK, 2011
Leading junior in Sport: “A confidence-inspiring barrister, who is delightful to work with and very hardworking.” – Legal 500, 2016
”Incredibly user-friendly and able to distil complex legal concepts into plain English.” Leading junior in Sports law. Legal 500, 2015
‘Very competent and commercial.’ Ronit Kreisberger is a recommended leading junior in EU and Competition Law and Sports Law. Legal 500, 2014
Ronit Kreisberger is listed as a recommended Junior in Media, Entertainment and Sport Law. Legal 500, 2013
Ronit Kreisberger is a recommended leading junior in Media, Entertainment and Sport Law. Legal 500, 2012
Media, Entertainment & Sport states that Ronit Kreisberger ‘fights very hard and is a great person to work with’.” Legal 500, 2011
Ronit is a contributing editor to the sixth edition of Bellamy & Child, The European Community Law of Competition. She is a regular contributor to various EU/competition publications and often speaks at conferences/seminars on competition law.
Ronit contributed to LexisPSL, to read the full article “The system of setting credit card inter-bank fees under threat” please click here. This article first appeared on Lexis PSL on 13 May 2013, click here for a free trial of Lexis PSL.
- Additional Information
Ronit joined Herbert Smith in 1998. She spent two court terms with the Court of Appeal as judicial assistant to Buxton and Otton LJJ in 2000. She also worked for Lord Woolf, the then Lord Chief Justice. Ronit also qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2005. At the time of leaving Herbert Smith in 2005, she was a senior associate in their EU, Competition and Regulation department where she advised commercial clients on all aspects of EU and UK competition law with a particular emphasis on competition litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, private enforcement actions for damages and regulatory investigations by the UK and EU authorities into cartels (including leniency applications) and abuse of dominant position. She also regularly advised in relation to merger clearances/investigations and the compatibility of commercial agreements with Article 81 EC/Chapter I of the Competition Act including relevant Block Exemptions and on the consequences of non-compliance and other “self-assessment” issues. She has also organised/participated in a number of mock dawn raids and prepared a number of compliance manuals for clients. In her time at Herbert Smith, Ronit advised a broad spectrum of clients in industries including food processing, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, water and sewerage, advertising and insurance.