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Gordon Downie

Gordon Downie



  • Public Law
  • Regulation and Markets
  • Economic Regulation
  • EU and Competition

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Third Energy Package. Group
Energy Group
WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group

Gordon is an acknowledged leader in the field of UK and EU competition law and regulation.  His practice has developed a particular emphasis on the role and functioning of markets in regulated sectors in the UK and overseas (such as the energy and water industries) and in connection with the provision of key public services. Gordon's clients include regulatory bodies, regulated entities and other stakeholders (such as complaint-handling bodies).

Admitted in Scotland.

Areas of Practice

Economic Regulation | EU and Competition | Public Law | Regulation and Markets | Utilities

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Law Society of Scotland
Law Society Competition Law Committee


Competition Regulator Sharpens Focus on Construction Sector
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, May 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) Chief Executive, Andrea Coscelli raised concerns in April at “seeing a lot of evidence of anti-competitive conduct in the construction industry”, adding the CMA had “already taken a number of cases in this sector…”. Recent enforcement action from the CMA, outlined below, suggests regulatory intervention is only likely to increase...

Legal Challenges to UK Public Bodies: A Quick Guide
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, February 2019

Public bodies in the UK (government departments, regulators, local authorities etc.) are legally accountable for the decisions that they make. But what does that mean in practical terms to someone looking to raise a legal challenge to a particular decision? This short blog post provides some very high level guidance in FAQ form. Q. If I think a decision is wrong, am I able to raise a legal challenge against it? A. Maybe...

Brexit and Continued Participation in the EU's Internal Energy Market
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, May 2018

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Theresa May said the government wanted to, “secure broad energy cooperation with the EU”, including by, “exploring options for the UK’s continued participation in the EU’s internal energy market”...

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