Cleary hires ex-Competition Commission chief for London push

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has hired the former chairman of the UK’s Competition Commission as a senior consultant in its London office.

Peter Freeman will join Cleary Gottlieb in its London competition practice on 1 November, and will work along side partners Maurits Dolmans, Romano Subiotto QC, and Nicholas Levy.

Freeman joined the Competition Commission in May 2003 (17 March 2003) and became chairman in January 2006 (13 December 2005). He retired in July 2011 after concluding the review of the BAA airports case.

In a statement, Dolmans said: “The London competition practice has really taken off over the past year. We’re dealing with a wide variety of matters under UK and EU law, from merger control to horizontal and vertical agreements and unilateral conduct, in a range of industries.”

Before joining the Competition Commission, Freeman was head of the EU and competition group at Simmons & Simmons. In March 2010 Freeman was made an honorary Queen’s Counsel and in June was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. On 1 September 2011, he was appointed to the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal as an ordinary member.