BLG bags OFT lawyer for competition push

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has ramped up its competition team with the hire of Office of Fair Trading (OFT) lawyer Sheila Tormey.

Tormey, who joined BLG at the beginning of the year, leaves the OFT after three years. During her spell there she led a number of investigations, including an inquiry into newspaper and magazine distribution, and also advised on mergers.

BLG head of competition David Strang said that the firm is looking to continue expansion within his practice area.

“Our competition practice has had a particularly busy year due to our work on this merger and on a number of high-profile anti-trust investigations,” said Strang. “Sheila’s arrival demonstrates our commitment to competition law and significantly expands our competition and regulatory capabilities.”

Tormey said that her decision to leave the OFT was due to her desire to return to private practice.

“BLG is committed to building its competition practice and is the right place for me to grow my practice,” said Tormey. “Also, the reputation of David was another reason why I felt Barlows was right for me.”