Pat TreacySenior Counsel at Bristows
Pat has specialised in EU law and competition law since the 1980s, handling landmark cases at EU and national level and helping clients from all over the world with their competition law needs.
Recognised as a leading adviser on the legal and policy issues that come up when competition law and intellectual property law meet, many of Pat’s clients are in technology rich sectors.
Pat works with clients on transactions and complex agreements (including settlement, R&D, licensing and joint venture agreements) in all sectors, with a focus on high tech and pharma/life sciences. Pat also has substantial experience of advising on competition law in arbitrations, as well as before the competition authorities in Brussels and London and in Court proceedings at national and EU level.
Pat advises regularly on the competition law responsibilities of dominant companies – particularly where IP is concerned. She also works alongside others from the team to support clients in their compliance efforts and to assist them in dealing with investigations by the competition authorities, whether through responding to requests for information or dealing with ‘dawn raids’ and their aftermath.
Pat was appointed Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales in September 2018. The appointment is not full-time, allowing Pat to continue working with and advising clients.
Pat is a member of the Competition Law Association; the UK Association of European Lawyers; and the Competition Section of the Law Society. She is on the editorial board of both the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice and Competition Law Insight. Pat lectures and writes widely on topical issues. She also teaches the competition law module on the University of Oxford Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice course.