Norton Rose Fulbright competition partner Grenfell resigns for CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has appointed Norton Rose Fulbright antitrust and competition partner Michael Grenfell in a senior policy role.

Grenfell will leave the firm within the next few months to take up his new role role of senior director, sectoral regulation and concurrency at the CMA.

“The role is more on the policy side than the legal side,” said Grenfell, who explained it will involve working alongside regulated sectors, including gas, electricity, water, telecoms and airports in order to promote competition. 

 “We have a fantastic competition team here, and I’m incredibly sorry to leave my colleagues at Norton Rose Fulbright,” he said, adding: “I’ve always found the policy side very fulfilling and I’m looking forward to working with the CMA.” 

Grenfell, who has been at Norton Rose Fulbright for more than 20 years, has experience of working on all aspects of EU and UK competition law. He has previously spent 18 months on secondment in the competition policy division of the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry. 

Grenfell’s new position sits in the CMA’s markets and mergers directorate, reporting to its executive director of markets and mergers Andrea Coscelli – former director of competition economics at Ofcom. 

The CMA has also appointed a number of former Competition Commission (CC) legal advisers into its office of general counsel. Former CC deputy chief legal adviser and head of international Carole Begent will become its senior legal director of markets and mergers. Former chief legal adviser Roland Green has been named as the CMA’s deputy general counsel and senior legal director of policy, precedent and procedure. Former CC legal director Simon Jones will be its new director of litigation. 

The office of general counsel will report to the CMA’s new general counsel Sarah Cardell, who was hired from Slaughter and May in September (11 September 2013).  Cardell has worked at Ofgem since 2011 since exiting the firm. 

The CMA brings together the CC with the competition, and some additional consumer, functions of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). It was legally established on 1 October, and will become fully operational on 1 April 2014.