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Neil A. Baylis

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Neil is a partner in the Competition and Trade Regulation, Travel and Leisure, and Telecom, Media and Technology practice groups. He has experience in advising clients on all aspects of EU and UK commercial and competition law. His work covers drafting and advising on commercial agreements; merger control; bringing and defending competition law based complaints before the regulators; drafting and implementing compliance programs; advising on regulatory issues under EU laws, advising on consumer law issues; and advising on litigating competition law issues before the English courts. He has advised on major cases in the following industries: automotive; construction materials; fertilisers; subsea cables; travel; media; sport; betting and gaming; beverage; transport; and oil and gas services.

Professional Background

Mr. Baylis qualified as a lawyer in 1994, and joined the firm as a partner in 2003.


  • Selected as a 2013 London Super Lawyer
  • Recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers Directories
  • Rated "Outstanding" in Good Lawyer Guide 2010

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member of the Law Society's Solicitor's European Group
  • Member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Fellow of the Institute of Travel and Tourism

Speaking Engagements

  • “The New Package Travel Directive” ETOA Service May 2016
  • “Regulatory Round-Up - Brexit, Modern Slavery and Sanctions” ADTA Travel Law Seminar May 2016
  • “Is Your Lead-In Price Legal?”, ABTA Travel Law, London, April 2015
  • “Hotel Pricing - the end of Best Available Rate?”, ETOA Seminar, Wembley Stadium, March 2015
  • “Trading Online”, ETOA Seminar, London, January 2015
  • “Competition Law in the Aviation Sector”, Department for Transport Seminar, July 2014
  • “International Trade Law”, INFOFISH, Kuala Lumpur June 2014
  • "Competition Law and Pricing", ABTA Travel Law Seminar, May 2014
  • "Pay for Delay", Competition Law Forum, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, April 2014
  • "Travel Law", joint ABTA / Deloitte seminar March 2014
  • "Food Safety, Risk and Modern Supply Networks", Lithuanian Presidency Seminar, October 2013
  • "Benchmark Pricing in the Metals Industry", Client Seminar, October 2013
  • “Pricing Issues in The Travel Sector,” ETOA Seminar, September 2013
  • "Pricing Issues and Competition Law", Revenue Management and Pricing International Ltd Seminar, June 2013 
  • “Hotel Pricing Cases”, ABTA, Travel Law, Seminar, June 2013
  • "EU Competition Law: Best Practices", Client Seminar, Moscow, January 2012
  • "Hotel pricing and the OFT" HOSPACE Conference, November 2011


  • Lexis Nexis Competition and Property - Exploring the Interface, May 2014
  • Lexis Nexis Competition Law Compliance, September 2013 

Additional Information

  • The Time for a Euro Break, Travel Law Today
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Hill & Redman’s Law of Landlord & Tenant (author of Competition and Consumer Law sections)
  • Author of vertical agreements and IP competition law sections of LexisNexis PSL Service 
  • Author of merger control chapter of Tolley's Company Law
  • Author of  the competition law and trade marks chapters in Croner's Europe loose-leaf publication and contributes regular case law updates to that publication
  • Monthly contributions to Croner's Europe Newsletter
  • Articles published in numerous other legal publications including Legal Week, the E-commerce Law Reports, the World Sports Law Report, Global Competition Review and the Lawtel Competition Bulletin
  • Article published in trade press including Airline Business, Automotive Management, Motor Industry Magazine, Trade and Transport News, Road Transport Briefing, and The Caterer
  • Advising CRH Plc on the Tarmac/Lafarge joint venture
  • Advising Eurochem on its acquisition of the K&S Nitrogen fertiliser business
  • Advising Eurochem on its acquisition of the BASF Antwerp fertiliser business
  • Advising CRH plc on the Competition Commisin's market investigation into cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete
  • Advising Arena Leisure plc on its merger with Northern Racing
  • Advising Retirement Villages on the OFT investigation into transfer fees
  • Advising Continental AG on merger control issues
  • Advising Subsea Cables UK on all relevant legal issues
  • Advising clients in Europe/USA and Asia on EC and UK cartel investigations
  • Advising Sportech on its acquisition of the Vernons football pools business
  • Advising GWR Group on its acquisition of Galaxy 101 FM including drafting submissions to the OFT
  • Advising Halliburton on its acquisition of PSL Energy Services including drafting submissions to the OFT
  • Advising OSI on its acquisition of the Spacelabs Medical business including gaining consent from the European Commission and enforcing remedies imposed on third parties
  • Drafting commercial agreements for companies such as AC Cars, Lucozade Ribena, Inchcape, The Wine Group, World Wrestling Entertainment, Norbord, Holiday Extras, and Orange-Glo International
  • Obtaining OFT clearance for Norbord Ltd's acquisition of the Genk Mill
  • Advising Johnston Press plc in the context of three separate Competition Commission inquiries into newspaper acquisitions
  • Drafting and implementing compliance programmes for Teledyne, National Express Plc, Subsea Cables, HMV, KLM and others
  • Advising La Seda de Barcelona on merger control issues
  • Advising the Body Shop Repair Industry on reform of the UK body repair industry
  • Advising Rangers Football Club on the legality of the Scottish Premier League Rules
  • Advising T-Mobile on competition law issues relating to sponsorship
  • Advising Hanson and others on the Commercial Agents Regulations
  • Advising Teledyne, Rapiscan and others on customs and trade issues