Mayer Brown names new competition head

Mayer Brown has promoted partner Gillian Sproul to head of competition and antitrust in its London office.

Gillian Sproul

Gillian Sproul

Sproul replaces Frances Murphy, who led the London team for eight years. Murphy will leave the firm in the next few weeks to head the London antitrust practice at Jones Day.

Sproul’s promotion comes as the firm pledges to bulk up its UK competition team, with the aim of recruiting into its associate ranks over the next few months.

Sproul said: “The firm’s really behind developing this group. There are a lot of client opportunities in this area for us and we’re very keen to expand.

“A key goal is to connect the London competition group more closely with the rest of the network.

“A lot of investigations are multinational and involve regulators in the US and Europe.

“We have strong practices in Washington DC and Brussels. The idea is to link our capabilities to provide an integrated service.”

In 2005 The Lawyer reported on Mayer Brown beefing up its EU competition practice with the hire of Sproul from Denton Wilde Sapte (18 March 2005). Sproul joined former head Murphy and brought the total partner number of competition partners in London to two.