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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 and EU - Chambers and Partners (2018/2017)
  • Competition Team of the Year - The Lawyer Awards (2017)
  • EU and Competition- Legal 500 (2017/2016)
  • Competition litigation - Legal 500 (2016)

Stephen Smith acts for clients from the TMT and retail industries on both transactional and contentious competition law issues. According to clients, he is "very down-to-earth, easy to understand, very pragmatic and very easy to build a relationship with." He recently assisted the members of the British Brands Group with competition compliance issues. - Chambers and Partners 2018

"Stephen Smith (who joined from RPC, is providing strategic advice to the British Brands Group in relation to the operation of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. Other recent work includes advising Denon and Marantz in respect of the European Commission’s investigation into suspected anti-competitive practices in the EU." - Legal 500 2017 

"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

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