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Neil A. Baylis

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Neil is a partner in the Competition and Trade Regulation group. 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; fertilisers; subsea travel; cables; media; sport; betting and gaming; manufacturing ; transport; and oil and gas services.

Legal 500 2016 (Travel) - ‘Well versed in the travel sector’, K&L Gates LLP advises on a range of commercial and regulatory matters for clients such as ABTA, Amadeus, Contiki, Red Savannah, CHR Travel and Home House. Leading individual Neil Baylis is ‘a key player in the market’.

Legal 500 2016 (Commercial Contracts) - Led by Neil Baylis, K&L Gates LLP’s team advises on a range of commercial issues, including data protection, intellectual property, media rights and IT. Baylis advises The Works Products Limited on various types of agreements, including those concerning manufacturing, marketing and design consulting.

Legal 500 2016 (EU & Competition) - K&L Gates LLP combines ‘superb service’, ‘first-class knowledge’ and ‘strategic advice’. Neil Baylis advised CRH on its purchase of Lafarge’s UK business, a necessary condition of the Holcim-Lafarge merger.

Legal 500 2016 (Travel) - Team head Neil Baylis is excellent

Professional Background

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


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

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London
  • 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
  • Freeman of the City of London

Speaking Engagements

  • “Looking Ahead - Brexit Planning” K&L Gates The Package Travel Regulations seminar October 2018
  • “Brexit” - ETOA Seminar October 2018
  • “Package Travel Regulations Update”, ABTA, October 2018
  • “Hot Topics in the Investment Management Industry”, K&L Gates 13th Investment Management Conference, 27th September 2018
  • “The UK Outside the EU, Planning for the Future”, Travel Law Seminar May 2018
  • “EU, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles”, SMMT legal seminar December 2017
  • Competition and Trade Regulation Risks to Active Fund Managers K&L Gates Investment Management seminar December 2017
  • “A Legal Perspective - preparing for Britain’s exit from the European Union”, Brexit Breakfast Briefing, March 2018
  • "GDPR and the Hotel Sector”, Direct Booking Summit, October 2017
  • “EU Competition Law Considerations for Price-setting Professionals”, Revenue Management and Pricing International (RMAPI) Conference, March 2017
  • "Best rate guarantees - where are we now?”, The Hotel Distribution Event, September 2016
  • “Land Agreements and Competition Law”, MBL Seminar, June 2016
  • “Class Actions under UK Competition Law”, MBL Seminar, June 2016
  • “The New Package Travel Directive”, ETOA Seminar, May 2016
  • “Regulatory Round-Up - Brexit, Modern Slavery and Sanctions”, ABTA Travel Law Seminar, May 2016
  • “Is Your Lead-In Price Legal?”, ABTA Travel Law Seminar, 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
  • Luxury & Fashion webinar series, K&L Gates, April 2017
  • Brexit Q&A Conference Call (4), K&L Gates, September 2016
  • Lexis Nexis Competition and Property - Exploring the Interface, May 2014
  • Lexis Nexis Competition Law Compliance, September 2013 

Additional Information

  • OTAs Face EU Tax Offensive, Hotel Analyst, 15 June 2016
  • The Time for a Euro Break, Travel Law Today, June 2016
  • 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
  • Articles published in trade press including Airline Business, Automotive Management, Motor Industry Magazine, Trade and Transport News, Road Transport Briefing, and The Caterer
  • CJEU Reaffirms Independence of EU and Member States Leniency Programs, March 2016
  • Property Developer attacks Restrictive Covenant before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, February 2016
  • Are You Ready to Implement the New EU Rules on Alternative Dispute Resolution?, February 2016
  • CJEU Sends Clear Warning to “Cartel Facilitators”, October 2015
  • The Beginning of US Style Class Actions in the UK? The Risks Associated with Past and Future Anti-Competitive Behaviour Just Increased, October 2015
  • ECJ Interprets Rules of Jurisdiction for Cartel Damages Claims, September 2015
  • The Court of Justice of the European Union Confirms the Commission’s Long Arm in Fighting International Cartels, July 2015
  • Agency Under EU Competition Law, June 2015
  • Government Study Shows Increased Need for Competition Compliance Especially By SMEs, June 2015
  • E-commerce Companies Face EU Competition Scrutiny, March 2015
  • Key Considerations in Technology Transfer, March 2015
  • Significant Changes to UK Consumer Law, June 2014
  • MOFCOM Strengthens Merger Control Law Enforcement, April 2014
  • Merger Control" chapter Tolley's Company Law and updates , April 2014 to date
  • Competition Law Considerations in Intellectual Property, March 2015
  • Airport abuses dominant position through coach operator concession, February 2014
  • Joint Production Agreements, February 2014
  • European Authorities Crack Down on Price Signalling, January 2014
  • Joint Purchasing Agreements, January 2014
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Hill & Redman’s Law of Landlord & Tenant (author of Competition and Consumer Law sections), 2014 to date
  • Author of vertical agreements and IP competition law sections of LexisNexis PSL Service, 2014-15
  • Competition damages – a rocky road ahead?, November 2013
  • Competition Commission stops short of requiring Mandatory Rotation of Auditors, July 2013
  • The European Commission's first pay-for-delay anti-trust infringement decision, July 2013
  • Emerging Policies in China’s Merger Control Process: MOFCOM’S Continued Focus on Far-Reaching Conditions, June 2013
  • Proposed Amendments to the EU Competition Law Assessment of Technology Transfers, February 2013
  • Global Government Solutions® 2013: Annual Outlook, K&L Gates Publication, January 2013
  • Competition Law in the Motor Vehicles Sector, November 2012
  • Recent Cartel Developments, November 2012
  • Land Agreements and Competition Law, November 2012
  • Vertical Integration, Distributors or Agents—Which to Use?, November 2012
  • The Internet and Competition Law, November 2012
  • Supermarkets' Land Agreements come under closer UK Competition Scrutiny, July 2012
  • UK government consults on Radical Proposals to Promote Antitrust Damages Actions, April 2012
  • Below-cost pricing by a dominant company may not constitute a breach of EU competition law, April 2012
  • Pleading Poverty in the Wake of the Economic Crisis: “Inability to Pay” Defense in EU Cartel Cases, January 2012
  • Global Government Solutions® 2012: Annual Outlook, K&L Gates Publication, January 2012
  • Liability for Anti-Competitive Behaviour of Subsidiaries: A Real Risk for Investment Banks, Private Equity and Hedge Funds?, August 2011
  • Global Government Solutions 2011: Mid-Year Outlook, K&L Gates Publication, July 2011
  • An Update on China’s Merger Control Laws - From a Practical Perspective, July 2011
  • Quantifying Damages in Competition Claims: Quantifying Damages Claims Resulting from Breach of EU Competition Laws – Commission Offers Guidance, July 2011
  • Global Competition and Antitrust Law: Key Issues for 2012, July 2011
  • European Union Competition and Antitrust Law: Key Issues for 2012, Global Government Solutions® 2011: Mid-Year Outlook, July 2011
  • EU Antitrust Chief Warns Against Growing Dominance Concerns in Financial Services Markets, May 2011
  • EU Fines Cartel Arising Out of Trade Association Meetings on Environmental Matters, April 2011
  • New OFT Guidance - Application of Competition Law to Land Agreements, March 2011
  • High Court Considers Severance in Non-Compete Clauses, March 2011
  • Global Government Solutions 2011 Annual Outlook: European Union Competition and Antitrust Law: Key Issues for 2011, K&L Gates Publication, January 2011
  • Global Government Solutions 2011: Annual Outlook, K&L Gates Publication, January 2011
  • European Antitrust and Trade Regulation Newsletter, December 2010
  • UK Appeals Court Rejects Class Action, December 2010
  • EU's Highest Court Refuses to Extend Privilege to Communications with In House Lawyers, September 2010
  • It's Not Fair, September 2010
  • Global Government Solutions 2010: Mid-Year Outlook, K&L Gates Publication, July 2010
  • European Antitrust and Trade Regulation Newsletter, July 2010
  • Commission Adopts New Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation and Accompanying Guidelines, June 2010
  • Proposed Changes to Standard-Setting in the European Union, June 2010
  • 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, 2010 to date
  • Akzo Nobel In-House Lawyer Privilege Case – Attorney General's Opinion Handed Down, May 2010
  • European Antitrust and Trade Regulation Newsletter, April 2010
  • Global Government Solutions 2010 - The Year Ahead, K&L Gates Publication, January 2010
  • European Antitrust and Trade Regulation Newsletter, November 2009
  • New Treaty Makes it Easier to Challenge EU Law, November 2009
  • European Antitrust and Trade Regulation Newsletter, July 2009
  • ICN Sets Out Recommendations for Merger Control Analysis, July 2009
  • European Antitrust and Trade Regulation Newsletter, April 2009
  • The Pirates of Puntland, March 2009
  • Dawn Raids and In-House Counsel Privilege, September 2007
  • European Commission Ordered to Pay Damages for its Errors in Assessing a Merger, August 2007
  • Merger Control and Restrictive Covenants, June 2006
  • Competition Law - UK construction industry under the spotlight, May 2006
  • European Commission accepts Premier League media rights package, April 2006
  • Driving Development, February 2006
  • At the Races v BHB: abusing a dominant position, January 2006
  • Attheraces - OFT's Decision on joint selling is overturned by the Competition Appeal Tribunal, August 2005
  • Further guidance on ticket sales Commission negotiates improved access to tickets for the 2006 World Cup, May 2005
  • The British Horseracing Board and the Jockey Club, April 2003
  • Advising LKQ on its acquisition of the Rhiag Group including obtaining consent from the EU and Ukrainian Authorities
  • Advising Arena Racing on competition law issues surrounding the exploitation of media rights
  • Advising Retirement Villages in connection with inquiries by the OFT and the Law Commission into assignment fees
  • Advising BYD (UK) on distribution law issues
  • Advising Balmoral Tanks on cartel investigation and appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal of information sharing agreement
  • Advising Euro Car Parts on its acquisition of the Andrew Page Business, seeking consent from the Competition and Markets Authority
  • 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 Mölnlycke on public procurement issues
  • Advising CRH plc on the Competition Commission's market investigation into cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete
  • Advising Arena Leisure plc on its merger with Northern Racing
  • Advising Formula One Management on sanctions issues
  • Advising Continental AG on merger control issues
  • Advising European Subsea Cables Association 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 UK merger control clearance for Norbord Ltd's acquisition of the Genk Mill
  • Drafting and implementing compliance programmes for Teledyne, National Express plc, 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