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A King & Spalding solicitor-advocate has transferred to the bar, joining Serle Court Chambers after 15 years working for international firms.
Competition partner Suzanne Rab has transferred to chancery and commercial chambers Serle Court as a senior practitioner to advise on EU competition law and regulation.
The unusual move marks the growing importance of the UK as a destination for antitrust claims, calling for a greater number of specialist litigators with regulatory and competition expertise.
Rab has worked on several high profile competition cases in recent years including News Corporation’s proposed acquisition of the shares in BSkyB that it did not already own.
She also advised on the UK’s first home-grown criminal cartel case, the Marine Hose investigation, and worked on the European Commission’s pharmaceutical sector inquiry.
Rab began her career as a trainee at Slaughter and May before moving to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Between 2008 and 2009 she was a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and returned to the legal world as a counsel at legacy Hogan & Hartson before joining King & Spalding as a partner in 2011.
Serle Court has a history of unusual and high-profile recruitment. In 2010 Brick Court Chambers silk Conor Quigley QC left for the set, claiming it was more suited to his interest in EU-related commercial matters (7 October 2010).
Serle Court also added former Court of Appeal civil division vice president Mark Waller to its alternative dispute resolution panel as an arbitrator and mediator in 2010 (4 July 2010).