Senior Counsel

Julian Ellison

Antitrust & Competition, Japan, Brexit - the UK and the EU

"professional, adaptable and empathetic"
Legal 500


Julian Ellison advises clients on EU and UK competition law. His practice focuses on several distinct categories: including mergers, state aid, public procurement, cartels, and other behavioural offences.


Advised on leading EU and UK merger cases stretching back over 20 years, regularly consulted in relation to "difficult mergers". His merger CV includes:

OFT/Competition Commission/CMA

  • Advised on Eurotunnel/My Ferry link, Terra/Kemira-GrowHow, P&O/Stena English Channel, P&O/Stena Irish Sea, and P&O/Brittany Ferries; and Edmundson/Electric Centre - one of the longest running and most complex first phase with remedies cases in the OFT's history.

EU Merger Control cases

  • Second stage cases: Olympic Airways/Aegean Airways, BHP/Rio Tinto, Guinness/GrandMet, Skanska/Scancem, Kvaerner/Ahlstrom, Metso/Svedala, Telia/Telenor, Metso/Kvaerner, Shell/Dea, BP/Veba,
  • First stage cases with remedies: Arsenal/DSM, Cookson/Foseco, Manitowoc/Enodis, Apax/Capio, Yara/Kemira, Case/New Holland, Vodafone/Air Touch, Kuraray/Dupont.


  • “Julian Ellison provides creatively pragmatic and distinctive, clear quality business-focused and client-friendly advice. In the last year Julian, based on his intimate knowledge of the internal workings of the commission and our business, has proposed and delivered on creative options that other leading competitors never even identified” – Legal 500 EMEA/Belgium
  • Interviewees highlight his "analytical and communication skills" and add that he is "razor sharp on content and good at staying focused on the objective." (Competition/European Law – Belgium) – Chambers & Partners Global
  • "Thorough understanding of the relationship between procurement law and state aid," and is praised by clients for his "dedication and professionalism" – Who's Who Legal
  • "Has a range and depth of experience that helps formulate a strategy and challenge the opinion of the competition authorities when necessary" – Chambers Europe
  • "Always mindful of deadlines, Ellison has the ability to gain timely access to key decision makers within the authorities" – Chambers Europe
  • Legal Business Competition Team of the Year, for Case/New Holland merger clearance
  • "Always mindful of deadlines, Ellison has the ability to gain timely access to key decision makers within the authorities." – Chambers Europe


  • Westminster School
  • University of Cambridge, Trinity College, MA (Law)
  • Scholarship: Open exhibitioner, Trinity College


  • England and Wales
  • Brussels Bar (Ordre Français des Avocats au Barreau de Bruxelles)