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Ian Forrester QC

Ian Forrester QC

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Ian Forrester advises companies, as well as sovereign states and other governmental authorities, industry associations and private individuals, on European Union law, especially competition law, trade law, customs, internal market rules, intellectual property and constitutional rights in a variety of sectors, including broadcasting, chemicals, information technology, pharmaceuticals, software and sport. Clients on whose behalf he has acted before national courts, national competition authorities, the European General Court and the European Court of Justice or the European Commission include the BBC, Canon, DuPont, the European Commission, GlaxoSmithKline, the Government of Gibraltar, the Liberal Democrat Party, Microsoft, Pfizer, Scottish Football Association, Toshiba, Toyota, UEFA and Union Carbide, as well as a number of private individuals. He has been involved in a number of leading cases, including Magill, IMS and Microsoft (compulsory licensing), Bosman (transfer of professional football players), Syfait v. GlaxoSmithKline (parallel trade), Pfizer Animal Health (the precautionary principle) and A. v. National Blood Authority (whether blood transfusions causing hepatitis C were a "defective" "product"). He also practices trade law, having handled numerous customs and anti-dumping cases at both the administrative and appeal stages, as well as a number of WTO matters. He has served as an arbitrator in ICC and ICSID proceedings. Ian Forrester is the head of the Firm’s Global Pro Bono practice. He has particular experience representing individuals and companies on questions of human rights as recognized by the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Convention is respected both by the European Union courts in Luxembourg and the ECtHR in Strasbourg. Notable cases include defending an investigative journalist, Hans-Martin Tillack, against attempts to force him to reveal his sources, and a challenge to how the European Commission conducts competition cases. He has published a number of academic articles on the latter topic which has become increasingly important in light of the Lisbon Treaty, which from December 2009 made the case law of the Strasbourg court binding on the Luxembourg courts. He has acted in a number of other pro bono matters before the European courts on behalf of civil servants and their families. He has forty years of involvement in pro bono work, going back to working on the successful appeal to the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1971 on behalf of Louis Henry Burns, who was wrongly convicted on the basis of a coerced confession. See Burns v. LaVallee, 436 F.2d 1352 (2d Cir. 1970). In 1981, Ian Forrester co-founded with Christopher Norall the Brussels EC law firm of Forrester & Norall, which subsequently became Forrester Norall & Sutton and merged with White & Case in 1998. Ian Forrester regularly lectures on European law and policy. He has written numerous articles and chapters on competition law, legal privilege, science and good regulatory practice, trade policy, customs and dumping. Ian Forrester is a member of the Firm’s Partnership Committee.

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