Contact details

Trudy Feaster-Gee

T: +44 207 8092 977 M:+44 7552 008 327 Email Trudy | vCard Office: London

Trudy Feaster-Gee Partner

Trudy is a barrister with 30 years’ experience advising on all aspects of competition law and competition litigation across a very broad range of industry sectors. She has experience of working on secondment for competition authorities (in Brussels and London) and for household name clients (in the motor vehicle and banking sectors).
  • Profile
  • Services
  • Sectors

Trudy’s career has spanned work in Brussels, Leeds and London and for national and international clients. For several years she was listed as a Leading Individual in Chambers and in the Hall of Fame in Legal 500 for Competition Law in the Regions (UK). Trudy joined the firm’s London office in October 2023. She brings a wealth of experience and technical legal knowledge across the full range of competition law matters. Highlights include an action in the Competition Appeal Tribunal for competition law damages arising from the EC Truck cartel, merger clearance of a politically sensitive joint venture between global competitors, successful leniency applications and closing down of cartel investigations into clients’ activities, and advising on commercial strategy for dominant businesses (including in regulated sectors).

Examples of client feedback include: “Trudy has developed excellent relationships with client and other stakeholders very quickly impressing both with her subject matter knowledge and experience but also her patience, empathy and trustworthiness” and “In an area of law that can be labyrinthine, Trudy combines an eye for detail with pragmatism. She knows that understanding the client’s business is key to the efficacy of the advice she gives.” (The Legal 500 2022)

Trudy also has experience of working as a Non-Executive Director in the National Health Service.

  • Competition
  • Dispute resolution
  • Private equity

Advising a leniency applicant in the midst of a corporate acquisition

Successfully securing leniency and advising on a major compliance programme for a UK business involved in a cartel, in the midst of its sale to a US buyer.

Representing a client on a market investigation

Representing the second largest supplier in payday lending when the market was under scrutiny by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.

Advising on the structuring of joint venture arrangements to comply with competition law

Several examples of advising household name clients on joint ventures, with the advice including re-structuring, merger clearance and compliance training  / auditing for the JV entity.

Merger clearance and corporate support

Acting for private equity investors in respect of merger clearance and competition law risk assessment of target entities, including analysis of the risk of potential fines and competition law damages claims arising under successor liability.

Advising on technical aspects of competition law in the context of commercial arrangements

Advising across an array of horizontal and vertical matters under rules for block and individual exemption, including Technology Transfer, R&D, Specialisation, Motor Vehicle and Vertical Agreements.

Advising on commercial strategy for dominant undertakings

Advising a range of clients holding dominant positions (including in regulated sectors) on commercial strategy and competition law compliance, particularly with a view to avoiding pricing and foreclosure abuses.

More: Competition

First time damages awarded against the State for breach of EU law

Factortame litigation –assisted on the first case for the award of damages against the UK Government for breach of EU law in preventing Spanish fishermen from fishing in British waters.

First time damages awarded in the CAT for breach of UK antitrust provisions - 2 Travel v. Cardiff Bus

Assisted on the first competition damages claim to be decided in the Competition Appeal Tribunal resulting in an award of damages and exemplary damages for abuse of dominant position.

Damages claim in the CAT arising from a European cartel

Acted for a global business in its claim for competition law damages arising from the EC Truck Cartel, in a case before the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal.

More: Dispute resolution

Acting for private equity investors in respect of competition law risk assessment of target entities, including analysis of the risk of potential fines and competition law damages claims arising under successor liability.

Designing and delivering competition law compliance training to a portfolio entity.

Repeat merger clearance work for private equity houses, including co-ordinating foreign filings. 

More: Private equity

  • Aviation
  • Banks and banking
  • Construction and engineering
  • Food and drink
  • Retail
  • Power and renewables
  • Funds and financial services
  • Healthcare
  • International trade
  • Life sciences
  • Real estate

Acting for a supplier of aero-engines in connection with:

  • Securing EC merger clearance for a production joint venture with a competitor;
  • Advising on compliance with EC / UK competition law and the scope for individual exemption of an international R&D agreement;
  • Advising on engine parts supply and purchasing arrangements.
More: Aviation

Acting for a major high street bank on a 12 month placement as Head of external competition engagement. The role involved leading the bank’s engagement with external stakeholders (including Treasury Select Committee, the UK’s (now) FCA and CMA, and the European Commission) on competition law and policy in the UK banking sector. 

Advising various banks and other financial institutions on competition law compliance in respect of a range of matters including syndicated loans, exclusive agency, and the acquisition of ‘books’ of customers for financial products.

Designing and delivering bespoke law compliance training and providing horizon scanning of competition law risks for a building society. 

More: Banks and banking 

Acting for the design consultant and supporting the steel expert in commercial litigation concerning a major stadium.

Advising on the competition law aspects of joint venture arrangements between suppliers of construction products, including advice, designing and delivering compliance training and auditing of the joint venture activities.

Acting for an individual manager in the construction sector interviewed by a competition authority in connection with a suspected breach of competition law by his employer. The investigation was subsequently closed regarding this individual and his employer.  

More: Construction and engineering

Acting across a broad range of competition law matters in the food and drink sector, including: 

  • Advising an international manufacturer and supplier of food and drink products on commercial arrangements with competitors, suppliers and customers.
  • Making a successful leniency application for an entity seeking to avoid a financial penalty for a potential breach of competition law.
  • Design and delivery of bespoke competition law compliance programmes for several food producers.
  • Devising commercial strategy for potentially dominant suppliers, including in respect of pricing and rebates.
  • Advising on termination of international distributors and agents in the beverage sector.
  • Advising in connection with GSCOP and the Groceries Market Controlled Land Order. 

More: Food and drink

Advising an array of retailers on compliance with vertical agreements block exemption and guidelines, including in respect of territorial and customer restrictions for distributors and in respect of online sales restrictions

Advising in connection with the CMA’s antitrust investigation into resale price maintenance in the supply of musical instruments

Designing and implementing competition law compliance programmes for a wide variety of retailers

More: Retail

Devising and implementing competition law compliance programmes for both electricity supply and distribution businesses.

Defending an electricity company on the first dawn raid by OFGEM.

Conducting competition law risk scoping and developing a risk matrix for management of key risks on behalf of electricity generation and retail businesses.

Advising on competition law in connection with global arrangements for supply of biomass.

Secondment to the (now) Competition and Markets Authority assisting in the development of processes and procedures for appeals from regulatory decisions by OFGEM. 

More: Power and renewables

Acting for a major high street bank on a 12 month placement as Head of external competition engagement. The role involved leading the bank’s engagement with external stakeholders (including Treasury Select Committee, the UK’s (now) FCA and CMA, and the European Commission) on competition law and policy in the banking sector.

Acting for the second largest payday lender in the CMA’s market investigation into payday lending.

Acting for private equity investors in respect of merger clearance and competition law risk assessment of target entities, including analysis of the risk of potential fines and competition law damages claims arising under successor liability.

More: Private capital and funds

Three years acting as a Non-Executive Director of a major NHS Foundation Trust.

Advising pharmaceutical companies on compliance with the rules prohibiting abuse of a dominant position and on their terms for distribution of products.

Defending a drug company subject to a dawn raid by the European Commission.

Advising NHS Trusts on the competition law aspects of collaborative arrangements.

More: Healthcare

Advising international businesses on a range of competition law matters, including:

  • Advice on commercial supply / distribution agreements involving territorial and customer restrictions;
  • Terminating distributors and agents;
  • Advising on joint ventures including merger clearance and advice on competition law compliance (including the risks of information exchange with competitors)
More: International trade

Advising on the application of competition law to licensing terms, including under Technology Transfer and Research & Development Block Exemptions.

Advising on competition law issues in collaborative agreements with competitors, including in respect of manufacturing and global distribution.

Designing and delivering bespoke competition law compliance training.

More: Life sciences

Advising a food producer in respect of the application of competition law to restrictive covenants over land.

Advising in connection with the Groceries Market Controlled Land Order.

Advising suppliers of construction materials in respect of the application of competition law to mineral extraction and supply arrangements.

More: Real estate

Latest news & insights

14 May 2024

From Insights

What is your greenwashing risk?

Why should your business care about greenwashing risk? With greenwashing disputes increasing, authorities and investors are taking an increasingly active role in scrut..

More

09 Oct 2023

From News

Trudy Feaster-Gee joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its commercial litigation practice with the arrival of partner Trudy Feaster-Gee, who joins the firm in London.

More

print-footer
logo
© Stephenson Harwood LLP 2016. Any reference to Stephenson Harwood in this document means Stephenson Harwood LLP and/or its affiliated undertakings. Any reference to a partner is used to refer to a member of Stephenson Harwood LLP.