Tim Blanchard

Joined firm 2006. Partner since 2020.

Tim has a broad investigations and contentious regulatory practice, which spans a wide range of authorities, including the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, the European Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Tim’s particular expertise includes advising major corporations and financial institutions in respect of bribery and corruption, regulatory and antitrust investigations. He also has extensive experience of related competition litigation matters.

Highlights include advising:

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank on cross-border investigations conducted by the UK Financial Conduct Authority, US Department of Justice, European Commission and other regulators worldwide in relation to alleged misconduct in the G10 spot FX market, and on the subsequent settlements.
  • A major FMCG company in investigating and defending against allegations of serious wrongdoing, including bribery of public officials and anti-competitive practices, in numerous countries.
  • John Wood Group on an investigation by the SFO into alleged bribery at certain AMEC Foster Wheeler companies it acquired in 2017 and strategic advice on parallel international investigations by the US, Brazilian and Scottish authorities. We successfully negotiated a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the SFO announced in July 2021.
  • Google in relation to the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into allegations that certain of its business practices in the search and advertising sectors violate European competition rules.
  • Ericsson in relation to its Article 102 (abuse of dominance) complaint to the European Commission concerning Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices.
  • A global financial institution in relation to the collective action and High Court litigation arising out of the Forex investigations.
  • Northern Powergrid on its successful and “first of its kind” appeal to the Competition and Markets Authority against Ofgem’s ED1 price control decision for electricity distribution.

Tim is recognised as a leading individual in ‘Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2019 – Future Leaders’ publications. Tim is described as “very responsive and easy to deal with” and is highlighted for his experience of competition litigation and regulatory matters.