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Daniel Piccinin

Year of Call: 2010

Clerk: Luke Carvalho luke.carvalho@brickcourt.co.uk

Daniel Piccinin

Year of Call: 2010

Clerk: Luke Carvalho   luke.carvalho@brickcourt.co.uk

“He is extraordinarily diligent, has fantastic recall, is a strategic thinker and really goes the extra mile”
- Chambers & Partners 2014

"His call belies his maturity, outstanding grasp of the law and effective client manner."
- Legal 500 2016

Overview

Daniel Piccinin practises in all areas of Chambers' work and has particular expertise in competition law matters. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal and in various County Courts as well as in the ECJ and the General Court of the European Union.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Daniel was a competition specialist at Linklaters where he advised on a number of UK and EU competition law investigations, including anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance, State aid and merger control.

Particular cases that Daniel has been involved in since being called to the Bar include:

Tesco v OFT [2012] CAT 31 - acting for Tesco in its appeal in the CAT from the OFT's finding of a price-fixing infringement (with Dinah Rose QC and Maya Lester)

Case T-286/09 Intel v Commission - acting for Intel in its challenge in the General Court to the European Commission's finding of abuse of dominance (with Nick Green QC)

Ryanair v CC and Aer Lingus [2012] EWCA Civ 1632 - acting for Aer Lingus, intervening in the CAT and the Court of Appeal in support of the CC's decision to continue its investigation of Ryanair's minority stake in Aer Lingus (with James Flynn QC)

Case T-101/13 Aer Lingus v Commission – acting unled for Aer Lingus in a challenge in the General Court to the European Commission’s decision to award slots at Heathrow airport to Virgin in the context of the IAG/bmi merger

Cooper Tire and Ors v Dow – acting for Dow, defending a cartel follow-on damages claim in the Commercial Court (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC and Daniel Jowell QC)

Michael Cherney v Oleg Deripaska - Commercial Court claim relating to a shareholding in Rusal (with Mark Howard QC, Fionn Pilbrow and Tony Singla)

practice areas

Daniel Piccinin practises in all areas of Chambers' work and has particular expertise in competition law matters.

EU/Competition

Tesco v OFT [2012] CAT 31 - acting for Tesco in its largely successful appeal in the CAT from the OFT's finding of a price-fixing infringement (with Dinah Rose QC and Maya Lester)

Case T-286/09 Intel v Commission - acting for Intel in its challenge in the General Court to the European Commission's finding of abuse of dominance (with Nicholas Green QC)

Case C-201/11 P UEFA v Commission - acting for UEFA in its appeal to the ECJ in relation to UEFA's free movement and competition law challenge to the Commission's approval of the UK's protected list of sporting events (with David Anderson QC)

Ryanair v OFT and Aer Lingus [2012] EWCA Civ 643 - acting for Aer Lingus, intervening in support of the OFT's decision to review Ryanair's minority stake in Aer Lingus (with James Flynn QC and Kelyn Bacon)

Ryanair v CC and Aer Lingus [2012] EWCA Civ 1632 - acting for Aer Lingus, intervening in the CAT and Court of Appeal in support of the CC's decision to continue its investigation of Ryanair's minority stake in Aer Lingus (with James Flynn QC)

Case T-547/12 Teva v EMA – acting for Teva in its challenge in the General Court to the EMA’s refusal to grant a marketing authorisation (with Kelyn Bacon)

Case T-101/13 Aer Lingus v Commission – acting unled for Aer Lingus in a challenge in the General Court to the European Commission’s decision to award slots at Heathrow airport to Virgin in the context of the IAG/bmi merger

Anglian Water Services - acting for Anglian Water in relation to Ofwat's ongoing investigation of an alleged abuse of a dominant position (with James Flynn QC)

Northern Ireland Electricity Price Control – acting for the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator in the CC’s price control inquiry

Nokia v HTC – acting for Nokia in several patent infringement claims against HTC in the Patents Court (on the competition law defence, with Jemima Stratford QC)

Cooper Tire and Ors v Dow – acting for Dow, defending a cartel follow-on damages claim in the Commercial Court (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC and Daniel Jowell QC)

Teva v Reckitt Benckiser – acting for Teva in its abuse of dominance follow-on damages claim in the Chancery Division (with Kelyn Bacon)

Competition Act Complaint – acting unled for a complainant in an ongoing Competition Act investigation

A large, multi-party arbitration under the LCIA rules raising competition law issues

Advising on a wide range of UK and EU competition law issues, including anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance, State aid and merger control

Advising on wider EU law issues, and in particular pharmaceuticals regulation.

Commercial

Michael Cherney v Oleg Deripaska - Commercial Court claim relating to a shareholding in Rusal (with Mark Howard QC, Fionn Pilbrow and Tony Singla)

A complex reinsurance arbitration under the ARIAS rules

Advising on various general commercial and complex banking disputes

Public Law

R (Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs [2013] EWHC 1502 (Admin) - acting for the Chagos Islanders in their judicial review of the establishment of a maritime protection area over their traditional homeland (on the EU law issues together with Maya Lester)

R (Swiss International Airlines) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – acting for Swiss International Airlines in its domestic JR challenge to the EU’s decision to suspend the EU Aviation ETS for flights to/from third countries other than Switzerland (with Martin Chamberlain QC)

Qualifications

2010-2011 Pupillage, Brick Court Chambers

2007-2010 Solicitor, Linklaters LLP, London

2001-2006 LLB and B.Com (Economics), University of Melbourne (Both First Class Honours, Equal first in 2005 Honours Year in Economics)

Academic Prizes

University of Melbourne

Kinsman Research Prize for best research paper in Economics developed from an Honours Thesis in 2006.

University of Melbourne Department of Economics Prize for an Outstanding Tutor in 2006.

Economics Honours Prize in Honours Program in Economics, for finishing equal first in 2005.

Jean Polglaze Memorial Prize in 316-475 Economic Research Essay for best Economics Honours Thesis in 2005.

Law and Economics Prize in 2004.

Publications

Two chapters in European Union Law of State Aid, 2nd Ed, K Bacon (Ed), OUP 2013.

C Ahlborn and D Piccinin, "The Great Recession and other mishaps: the Commission's policy of restructuring aid in a time of crisis", in Research Handbook of State Aid Law, E. Szyszczak (Ed.), Edward Elgar 2011.

N Purnell, C Bellamy, N Kar, D Piccinin, and P Sahathevan, "Criminal Cartel Enforcement - More turbulence ahead? The implications of the BA Virgin Case", Competition Law Journal 2010(3), 313.

C Ahlborn and D Piccinin, "The Application of the Principles of Restructuring Aid to Banks during the Financial Crisis", European State Aid Law Quarterly 2010(1), 47.

C Ahlborn and D Piccinin, "Between Scylla and Charybdis: Market Investigations and the Consumer Interest", in Ten Years of UK Competition Law Reform, B. Rodger (ed), Dundee University Press 2010.

N Erkal and D Piccinin, "Cooperative R&D under uncertainty with free entry", International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2010, 28, 74-85.

N Erkal and D Picicnin, "Welfare-reducing mergers in differentiated oligopolies with free entry", Economic Record, 2009, 1-7.

Directory Quotes

  • "Daniel Piccinin is a “user-friendly” and “extremely capable” young junior." (Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2015)
  • A man on the march at the Bar, who receives excellent commendation from peers and clients alike. A former solicitor, he is noted for his ability to understand the commercial perspective of those that instruct him." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "Commercially and legally extremely sound, he is a pleasure to have on the team." "Intellectually very gifted, he is going to be a huge success." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "His practice benefits from past experience working in an international law firm." (The Legal 500 2014)
  • "Former competition solicitor who is causing a stir in the market now he's at the Bar. His popularity with silks is evinced by his role in a large number of market-leading cases. To date he has acted for clients including Aer Lingus, Tesco and Anglian Water Services." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "He is extraordinarily diligent, has fantastic recall, is a strategic thinker and really goes the extra mile." "He will be a superstar; he is a true competition specialist with an incisive mind." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "rising star" (The Legal 500 2013)

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