Lambros Kilaniotis is Partner in Quinn Emanuel’s London office and Co-Head of the firm’s UK Competition practice.
Lambros practises in all aspects of EU and UK competition law. He has considerable experience in contentious competition matters such as market investigations, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations (including dawn raids) and competition litigation. Lambros has significant experience in advising both claimants and defendants in competition litigation, in cases often straddling multiple jurisdictions, including in relation to class actions and settlements before the issue of proceedings. He has also conducted appeals from and judicial reviews of decisions of competition and regulatory authorities. He is a solicitor advocate with Higher Rights of Audience and represents clients in oral hearings before the regulators, tribunals and courts. He is also hired by clients for non-contentious strategic competition advice and merger advisory work. Lambros has particular expertise in the FMCGs, retail, sports, media, financial services and technology sectors.
Lambros has been described as “a fantastic lawyer who is excellent with clients and particularly strong in competition litigation” by Who’s Who Legal and as “very engaging and on top of the law” and that “he is very personable, wants to do right by his client and produces solid work.” by Chambers and Partners. Legal 500 UK comments that “he really stands out as a great competition litigator. He is charming, diligent and pragmatic – willing to go the extra mile for his clients and really fight their corner.”
- Representing the French sea-workers co-operative operating the MyFerrylink service on behalf of Eurotunnel before the CAT and in the Court of Appeal, successfully challenging the Competition and Markets Authority decision in the Eurotunnel/Sea France merger on jurisdictional grounds.
- Advising St James Holdings Limited in its competition law claims in the CAT against the Premier League in connection with the sale of Newcastle United Football Club.
- Representing Google in its defense of consumer collective opt-out proceedings in the CAT in connection with the Play Store.
- Advising a FTSE100 company in its competition claim against a major supplier for abuse of its dominant position, in breach of EU and UK competition rules (Article 102 TFEU, Chapter II Competition Act).
- Advising a group of claimants on competition damages claims in respect of interchange fees.
- Advising a market leading manufacturer on defending follow-on damages actions in multiple jurisdictions flowing from a European Commission cartel decision.
- Advising a client in connection with infringement proceeding under Chapter I of Competition Act 1998 (including dawn raid and leniency application).
- Advising a client in connection with infringement proceedings brought by the EC Commission under Article 101 TFEU (including leniency application).
- Advising on the competition law and merger control aspects of the partnership between Stella McCartney and LVMH Moët Hennessy.
- Counselling a retail client during the European Commission's e-commerce sector inquiry, advising on issues arising from the inquiry's findings and on subsequent legal developments of strategic importance to their commercial operations.
- University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College
(M.A., Honours, Law, 1992)
- College of Law, London
- Solicitor, England and Wales
- Solicitor Advocate, England and Wales
- Head of Competition, Partner, 2016-2023
- Partner, 2013-2016
- PwC Legal:
- Director, 2010-2013
- Director, 2010-2013
- Herbert Smith Freehills:
- Associate/Senior Associate, 2000-2010
- Trainee Solicitor, 1998-2000
- “Competition Team of the Year” - Legal Business Awards 2014
- “Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year” - British Legal Awards 2015
- Listed in Who’s Who Legal Competition Lawyers & Economists since 2013
- Ranked as Future Leader in Who’s Who Legal Competition 2018-2022
- Recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for EU & Competition and Competition Litigation
- “an ‘excellent tactician, with superb judgement’.” - Legal 500 UK 2016
- “He is very personable, wants to do right by his client and produces solid work.” - Chambers UK 2017
- “He is very engaging and on top of the law” - Chambers UK 2019
- “Lambros Kilaniotis has a strong litigation background and stands out for his significant experience” – Legal 500 2020
- Sources say that he “provides clear and balanced advice” and that he is “on top of the details” in cases - Chambers UK 2020
- [Lambros Kilaniotis] is “a fantastic lawyer who is excellent with clients and particularly strong in competition litigation” - Who’s Who Legal Competition 2021
- “Lambros Kilaniotis really stands out as a great competition litigator. He is charming, diligent and pragmatic – willing to go the extra mile for his clients and really fight their corner.” - Legal 500 2022
- “Lambros offers genuine litigation expertise. He knows his stuff and is an excellent communicator.” - Legal 500 2022
- Hide and Seek: Limitation Periods in Competition Law Damages Claims Lexology 2022 (Co-Author)
- Shift in consumer rights landscape increases risks for retailers , Raconteur's Future of Retail report, The Sunday Times December 2021 (Co-Author)
- COVID-19 - The Groceries sector: Temporary Competition Law exemption, Concurrences March 2020 (Co-Author)
- The future of Group litigation, presentation at the Corporate Counsel Forum September 2018
- United Kingdom Chapter: Private Antitrust Litigation, GCR 2017 (Co-Author)
- Assistant to the Editor, "Bellamy & Child, Common Market Law of Competition", First Supplement to the 4th Edition
- Lambros taught EU and Competition law to students taking the Postgraduate Diploma in EC Law, organized by the Centre of European Law, King's College London
- Member, Law Society Competition Section
- Member, Competition Law Association