Peter Scott is a partner in the Antitrust, Competition and Regulatory Group based in London. Peter specialises in all areas of contentious antitrust and competition law work, including High Court litigation, European Court proceedings, arbitration cases and investigations by the competition authorities.
Peter has a pragmatic and commercial approach, which has resulted in Peter being recognised in the leading legal directories, including in Legal 500 as “clear and analytical” and a “very commercial” contentious specialist and in Chambers and Partners, which states that “Peter Scott specialises in competition litigation and arbitration, and is ‘shrewd, diligent and thoughtful’”.
Peter trained with us and spent the first six years of his career as a general commercial litigator, before joining the Antitrust, Competition and Regulatory Group in 2005, being made a partner in the Group two years later. This move was made in response to a significant increase in the number of competition disputes that are being privately litigated before the High Court, as well as the growing number of appeals from regulators’ decisions to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and “follow-on” claims for damages being brought before the High Court and the CAT.
Peter has worked on a number of leading and high-profile contentious competition law cases, as well as procurement disputes, including the following:
- protecting the interests of HSBC Bank plc in the on-going investigations by the European Commission and Office of Fair Trading into interchange fees charged in relation to debit and credit cards, as well as representing HSBC in the related proceedings before the European General Court;
- currently defending RWE AG and Schneider Electric SA against damages claims brought in the High Court by the alleged victims of the candle waxes and gas insulated switchgear cartels respectively, which follow on from infringement decisions by the European Commission;
- currently representing Asda (part of the Walmart group), in an appeal before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, challenging an infringement decision of the Office of Fair Trading in respect of the pricing of certain tobacco products;
- successfully advised Eversholt Rail in the market investigation into the passenger rolling stock leasing market that was referred by the Office of Rail Regulation to the Competition Commission in April 2007, where a highly favourable final report was published in April 2009;
- represented easyJet (Europe’s leading low-cost airline) in major competition law proceedings before the High Court in London, which after almost a year long process resulted in a favourable settlement in late 2007.
Peter has also obtained merger clearance decisions from the European Commission and the UK Office of Fair Trading, including acting on behalf of Teck Resources Limited (the leading Canadian mining company) and The Men’s Wearhouse (the leading speciality retailer of men’s suits in the US and Canada).
Peter is a member of the Commercial Litigators Forum and the Law Society European Group. He is a solicitor advocate and obtained his higher rights of audience in 2002. By way of pro bono work, Peter works for the Free Representation Unit, having personally represented an employee in a successful claim for unfair dismissal and supervised more junior members of the team in other cases.