Robert O'Donoghue is a senior junior with extensive experience of competition law, EU law, and utility regulation. Perhaps uniquely at the Bar, he has 10 years' experience practising EU and competition law in Brussels with Brick Court Chambers (Brussels), DG Competition, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, before returning to London in 2007 as a full-time litigator. He is also recognised as a leading expert on abuse of dominance cases having published the second edition of a major work in this area in 2013.
Clients include major companies such as British Airways, Google, Glencore, Telefónica, ASDA, Samsung, and Marks and Spencer, as well as competition authorities and sectoral regulators in the UK and elsewhere. He has appeared in major cases in the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal, the EU Courts, the Irish courts, international arbitral bodies, and in oral hearings before the EU Commission and other competition authorities and sectoral regulators in these matters. He currently has two cases pending before the Supreme Court on EU law and sectoral regulation.
Robert has consistently appeared as a leading junior barrister in legal directories such as Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. Further awards and accolades include:
- Listed in the "40 Under 40" of global competition lawyers by Global Competition Review- one of only three practising UK barristers listed (2012)
- Profiled as one of only five junior barristers in the Global Competition Review UK Barrister Survey (2013)
- The youngest nominee and only practising barrister to feature inthe Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (2011)
- Outstanding EU Competition Lawyer Fellowship Award, Global Competition Law Centre, College of Europe (2003)
- Senior Editor of the Global Competition Policy journal