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Van Doorne N.V.

Sarah Beeston

Sarah Beeston



  • European & Competition Law
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences

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Van Doorne N.V.

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Sarah Beeston heads the Van Doorne European & Competition Law team. Sarah's areas of expertise include all aspects of competition law. She divides her time between advisory work, helping clients to achieve their commercial goals within the limits defined by the rules on competition, and procedural work, representing clients’ interests before competition authorities and in court.

Sarah is innovative and seeks solutions. She obtained the first commitment decision and first settlement decision (excluding the construction industry settlement ) taken by the Dutch competition authority. She is an active member of Van Doorne’s Healthcare & Life Sciences team.

Originally from England, Sarah is a member of both the Dutch and English bar associations. Sarah has also worked for extensive periods in Brussels and Paris. Her international experience gives her advice an added dimension which is highly valued by clients.
Areas of Practice

European & Competition Law | Healthcare & Life Sciences

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

"Netherlands Client Choice Award 2011, Competition." ILO-International Law Office (2011)
"'Good strategic and technical approach', and [clients] appreciate that 'she takes our suggestions and views on board'." "Has a wealth of experience in cartel and state aid cases." Chambers Europe (2011)
"Specialises in cartels, abuse of dominance and state aid." Chambers Europe (2010)
"Is notably active in the healthcare sector and is lauded by peers for her 'strategic insight'." Chambers Europe (2010)
"Clients report that 'she is very dedicated and demonstrates great personal devotion to our interests'." Chambers Europe (2010)
"Practice head Sarah Beeston is experienced in the defence of suspected cartels and state aid." Legal 500 EMEA (2010)

Professional Activities and Experience

She started her working life at the European Commission in Brussels before entering private practice in 1991. She joined Landwell in April 1998 to lead the European and Competition Law Section in the Netherlands. Since the merger with Van Doorne in January 2004, Sarah has led the practice group European and Competition Law. Her work involves a wide range of EC and national competition law issues.


Healthcare in the Netherlands
The Netherlands - the jurisdiction for international cartel damages claims?
International Comparative Legal Guide to: Merger Control 2012
ICLG: Merger Control 2011 - Chapter 31
International Comparative Legal Guide to: Merger Control 2010
International Comparative Legal Guide to: Enforcement of Competition Law 2009
Dutch commitments
Getting the deal through - Vertical Agreements 2007


Final Episode 5/5: Competition Litigation: Procedural strategy
Posted on August 7, 2018
Practice Group: Antitrust - Europe

In this fifth and final vlog about competition litigation, I summarise my thoughts about the issues relevant for determining procedural strategy in competition litigation.

Competition Litigation

Claims for compensation often result in ...

Vlog Episode 4/5: Competition Litigation: Fight to the end or settle?
Posted on July 30, 2018
Practice Group: Antitrust - Europe

In this fourth vlog about competition litigation 'Fight to the end or settle?', I talk about the various considerations of claimants and defendants in determining their procedural strategy and specifically whether to settle and, if so, ...

Vlog episode 3/5: Competition Litigation: Where to bring your arguments
Posted on July 17, 2018
Practice Group: Antitrust - Europe

In this third vlog about competition litigation, I talk about the various grounds for a challenge of the decision of a competition authority before administrative courts. The question is whether such challenges are likely to continue in the future ...

Vlog episode 2/5: Competition Litigation: Choose your battles
Posted on July 2, 2018
Practice Group: Antitrust - Europe

In this second vlog about competition litigation I discuss questions which arise for claimants and defendants in approaching the battle: what are the advantages and disadvantages of suing one or more parties, are co-defendants friend ...

Competition Litigation: Why the Netherlands? Vlog episode 1/5
Posted on June 21, 2018
Practice Group: Antitrust - Europe

Claims for compensation often result in very complex procedures with multiple parties from different jurisdictions and various applicable national legal systems.

The Netherlands is the top jurisdiction for cartel damages claims in Europe. It has advantages which ...

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