James Flynn QC

James Flynn QC

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James Flynn QC is a leading competition law litigator at the London Bar. His wide experience at the Bar builds on his years of practice at a magic circle law firm in London and Brussels, together with his work as a legal secretary at the European Court of Justice. Current high-profile cases in London include acting for GSK in the United Kingdom’s first reverse payment pharmaceutical patent settlement proceedings. He has considerable expertise concerning the interface between competition and intellectual property law, particularly on the licensing of standard-essential patents and FRAND terms (acting for Qualcomm, IP Com and Samsung). Significant Competition Appeal Tribunal appeals in recent years include acting for Sky in the long-running pay-TV litigation; for BMI in relation to the private healthcare market investigation; for Aer Lingus in its long-running dispute over Ryanair’s hostile shareholding; and for Asda in the successful appeals against the OFT’s tobacco decision. His considerable experience of competition damages cases embraces follow-on and stand-alone actions in the High Court, including acting for Cardiff Bus in the first follow-on damages action to come to trial and to lead to a damages award. He also appeared in the leading cases on the interaction between criminal law and competition law. Recent appearances in competition cases in Luxembourg include cartel appeals and the interchange fees litigation. Notable previous EU cases include the leading authority on legal privilege in competition proceedings (Akzo Nobel) and the landmark Microsoft appeal.

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