Kate Vernon is a partner and Co-Head of the Competition Litigation Practice in Quinn Emanuel’s London Office. She has vast experience in EU and UK competition law and was previously head of the UK Competition Team at DLA Piper. She also advises clients on GDPR compliance and GDPR / UK Data Protection Act litigation. She is also Quinn Emanuel's GDPR internal compliance partner.
Ms. Vernon has represented clients in both follow-on and standalone competition claims in the English High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She also has conducted appeals from and judicial reviews of decisions of competition and regulatory authorities in London and Luxembourg. She also has significant experience in advising and representing clients in competition investigations, both infringement and market and sector inquiries, and providing strategic and general competition counselling advice. Ms Vernon has particular expertise in the application of competition law to the sports, media, retail, pharmaceutical and IP sectors.
Ms. Vernon was ranked by Legal 500 UK 2018 as a recommended individual for Competition Litigation, by Chambers Europe in 2017 for Competition/European Law, and has been selected by Who’s Who Legal in both 2017 and 2018 as among the world’s leading plaintiff’s lawyers. Who’s Who Legal also ranked as a Future Leader in Competition Law in both 2017 and 2018. She has been named by Acritas as a Star Lawyer in 2017 where she has been described as “...just very energetic, reliable and gives sound advice.” She has been honoured by Chambers in both the UK and EU Guides to competition law and competition litigation and is described in the 2017 Chambers Guide as “very impressive”. Ms Vernon has been ranked by multiple legal publications including Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 over the past few years and. In in the 2015 edition of Chambers, the publication stated, “The ‘very impressive’ Kate Vernon heads up the competition practice and has particular experience of contentious competition law”. Whilst Legal 500 2015 described Ms. Vernon as, “a ‘strong pillar of the practice’ at DLA Piper, where highlights include advising the Premier League on Ofcom’s investigation into how the Premier League sells its broadcasting rights.”