Adam Aldred has become the first competition law specialist practising at the UK’s regional bar as he departs Addleshaw Goddard for Kings Chambers.
Aldred says he expects the decision to base his practice at Kings Chambers will encourage other UK competition barristers to follow suit. Kings Chambers has offices in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham.
Aldred was a partner at Addleshaw Goddard’s Leeds office. He joined the firm in 2001 and since then has had a hand in some of the country’s most significant competition litigation work.
He acted for 2 Travel Group in the Cardiff Bus case, where the Competition Appeal Tribunal granted his client the country’s first follow-on damages award. He also represented Eden Construction in securing a significant fine reduction before the CAT for its role in a recruitment cartel.
Aldred says becoming a barrister was his original intention when studying law, but this was postponed when he travelled and pursued a legal career away from his native Australia. Even so, he became a solicitor advocate in 2000, and discussions with Kings Chambers started more than two years ago.
As well as litigation, Aldred will also offer independent advice on merger control, distribution strategies, dawn raids, dominance and state aid.
He has experience on a number of significant merger cases, including the clearance of the merger of British Salt and New Cheshire Salt Works, which marked the first time the Competition Commission reversed a provisional decision against a merger due to competition issues.