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EU Competition Law, Dublin
20 April 2023
Conrad DublinDublin, Ireland

Brian Kennelly SC QC
Barrister at Blackstone Chambers


Brian specialises in competition & EU, commercial, public and regulatory law, sanctions law and telecommunications law. He is recognised by the legal directories as a leading barrister in these areas. He also practices from the Law Library in Dublin. He appears regularly in the Court of Justice of the EU and the General Court, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the Commercial Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has appeared in competition, regulatory and commercial cases in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and the Virgin Islands. Brian has acted in over 60 cases before the CJEU and General Court in a broad range of competition, regulatory and sanctions matters. He is a leading advocate in private competition damages actions, including those concerning Trucks, USD Libor, Ro-Ro Shipping, Foreign Exchange, Wire harnesses, Interchange, EURIBOR, Air Cargo, CRT, Copper Fittings, Industrial Bags, Paraffin Wax, Car Glass, Marine Hose and Vitamins. He has appeared in many of the leading regulatory public law cases of recent years in the Admin Court and the CAT including BASCA, Gibraltar Betting and BAT (tobacco plain packs). In the area of sanctions, Brian has acted for over 40 designated persons and entities and advised Governments, banks and corporates on compliance issues. He is also a specialist telecommunications and media lawyer.

Brian was named Competition Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Awards 2015 and is ranked in Chambers Global in Competition/EU. Prior to taking silk, Brian was on the Attorney General's 'A' Panel of Counsel to the Crown. In 2017 Brian was appointed as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee to advise on Brexit issues.

Brian is recognised as a leading silk in the latest editions of both the leading legal directories, Chambers UK 2019 and Legal 500 2018, for his expertise in admin and public, banking and finance, competition, European law, media and entertainment, sanctions and telecommunications.

Agenda Sessions

  • What Lessons can be Learnt from Recent Enforcement?