Mishcon de Reya LLP has boosted its Competition Group with the hire of a new Managing Associate. Natasha Pearman joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP on 25 July 2016.
Natasha advises on all aspects of EU and UK competition law (including state aid), working on competition litigation, CMA and European Commission merger investigations, market studies and investigations, and sector inquiries. Prior to her role as an Associate at Pinsents, Natasha trained and then worked as an Associate at Taylor Wessing from 2007 to 2011.
Her appointment brings the number of lawyers in Mishcon's Competition practice to nine, including three partners. The group has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including recently advising Sainsbury's on its successful competition damages claim against MasterCard in relation to unlawfully high interchange fees charged for card payment services in the UK. Other clients involved in related proceedings are Ocado and John Lewis.
Commenting on Natasha's appointment, Partner and Head of Mishcon de Reya's Competition Group, Andrij Jurkiw, said: "The Group has evolved since it launched with the hire of two partners and one associate back in early 2013. We now offer a fully comprehensive service to our UK and international clients, with breadth and depth on both defence and claimant matters. Natasha's expertise complements our existing offering – she is a fantastic addition to the team."