Sean-Paul Brankin

Of Counsel

Sean-Paul joined Bristows in May 2021 and is an of counsel in the competition team based in Brussels. Sean-Paul is dual English and Belgian qualified and has over 25 years of EU and UK competition law experience as both an advisor and an enforcer. His practice covers complex advisory work, merger control and competition litigation.

Among others, Sean-Paul has extensive experience counselling clients in relation to the interaction between IP and competition law and issues arising in relation to potential dominance. He has been involved in contentious matters before the European Commission and UK authorities, has litigated cases before the European Community courts in Luxembourg, the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal and national courts in the UK and elsewhere. He has significant experience in a range of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, food and FMCG, and financial services. His clients say he is “very punctual and precise”; provides “very practical, commercial advice” and “uses his knowledge and diplomatic skills to make his points”.

Sean-Paul is a former Legal Director at the Office of Fair Trading, where he was the lead legal advisor to the mergers unit and the head of internal scrutiny.

Sean-Paul is recommended in Chambers, Legal 500 and, in 2020, as a Who’s Who Global Leader.


  • BA Law, University of Cambridge
  • LL.M. ,University of Virginia School of Law
  • Qualified 1993 (Barrister); 2008 (Solicitor); 2019 (Avocat du Barreau de Bruxelles)


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What others say

“Sean-Paul Brankin has a solid understanding of merger control, and is able to deliver very pragmatic advice.” Legal 500 2023
Sean-Paul "attracts praise both for his litigation skills and for his advice on competition law concerns arising from commercial transactions." Chambers and Partners Europe 2022
"Sean-Paul provides very practical, commercial advice." Chambers and Partners Europe 2020
"Sean-Paul is very good at helping us to ask the right questions." Chambers and Partners Global 2021
“Sean-Paul is a fantastic competition expert.” Legal 500 2020
Sean-Paul is "very punctual and precise." Chambers and Partners Global 2019
Sean-Paul "uses his knowledge and diplomatic skills to make his points." Chambers and Partners Global 2019
"He [Sean-Paul] always keeps me in the loop and provides specific guidance to support my business needs and objectives." Chambers and Partners Global 2018
Sean-Paul is "knowledgeable in his area of expertise." Chambers and Partners Global 2018

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EU and Competition 


Competition Law

Competition: EU - Belgium

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