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Stephen Smith


Stephen Smith

+44 (0)20 7400 8000

A partner in the Competition team at Bristows, Stephen has extensive experience advising across a range of EU and UK competition law matters. He has a broad practice encompassing merger control, cartels and anti-trust investigations before regulators in the UK and the European Commission. 

Advising across diverse sectors including financial services, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications and technology, Steve has also previously spent time at the communications regulator OFCOM, where he advised on a variety of competition and regulatory matters, including in relation to spectrum auction regulations.

Steve provides clients with pragmatic, commercial advice including in respect of ongoing compliance and dawn raid training and on the special responsibilities relevant to companies who enjoy a dominant market position.

Steve is the current Chair of the Law Society’s Competition Section and one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for 2016.


  • MA Modern and Medieval languages, University of Cambridge

  • Admitted in Republic of Ireland (non-practising)

  • Qualified 2001

  • Partner 2011

Recommended for

  • Competition Team of the Year - The Lawyer Awards (2017)
  • Competition and EU - Chambers and Partners (2017)
  • Competition and EU - Legal 500 (2016)
  • Competition litigation - Legal 500 (2016)

"Stephen Smith has a broad competition practice. One source notes he is "enthusiastic about his clients and one of the most commercial lawyers I have worked with: practical, efficient, always willing to take a view and come to a workable solution." - Chambers and Partners 2017 

"He is a real find in terms of combining technical expertise, commercial awareness and sector understanding" - Chambers and Partners 2016 

"Stephen Smith...    wins praise for his ‘commercial common sense’" - Legal 500 2015

"Measured and very practical" - Legal 500 2015

"Exceptionally commercial, pragmatic and hands-on" Legal 500 2014

"Stephen Smith 'advises on a decisive course of action rather than highlighting every remote theoretical risk'" - Legal 500 2014

"Stephen Smith … earns considerable praise from market observers as an emerging talent.  Clients value his "hands-on approach and ability to work with everyone, from the top to the bottom." - Chambers and Partners 2014

“Clients value his 'experience, depth of knowledge and the practical and innovative ways in which this is communicated'. His expertise extends to all key areas of competition law, including merger control and antitrust investigations" - Chambers and Partners 2013

Stephen Smith … has a combination of technical and commercial awareness that few competition lawyers in the City can match”. - Legal 500 2013

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