Sarah Beeston

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Van Doorne N.V.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Local Time: Tuesday 10:52

Practice Expertise

  • European & Competition Law
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences

Areas of Practice

  • European & Competition Law
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences

WSG Practice Industries

WSG Leadership

  • Antitrust Group - Member
  • WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group - Member


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

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