Richard Burton specialises in EU and UK competition law.

He advises on a wide range of competition law matters, including cartels, distribution agreements, pricing and other abuse of dominance issues, merger control, and intellectual property licensing.

Richard also advises on competition and regulatory matters affecting the aviation and energy sectors in Europe.

Richard’s competition law experience covers a broad range of sectors, including basic industries, chemicals, automotive components, consumer electronics, semiconductors, aviation, energy and financial services. He has substantial experience in assisting clients in cartel cases, including involvement in internal compliance investigations, representation before the European Commission, applications for leniency and appeals before the EU Courts.  


English, Dutch, French


  • IFLR1000 – EU Competition (Rising Star)
  • Best Lawyers – Competition/Antitrust


  • College of Europe, Bruges, LL.M. in European Legal Studies, 1999
  • College of Law, York, Diploma in Legal Practice, 1998
  • University of Durham, LL.B. in European Legal Studies, 1997


Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Community (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2010), the standard work of reference in the field of EU competition law.

Part of the editorial team of the firm’s newsletter, VBB on Competition Law. 

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England & Wales


Notable assignments

  • The Legal 500

    Assisting Japan Airlines, Japan’s largest flag carrier, in the cartel proceeding initiated by the European Commission against more than 20 airlines in the airfreight sector and obtaining the annulment by the EU General Court of the €35.7 million fine imposed on Japan Airlines. This case received the Global Competition Review Matter of the Year award in 2016 and also won the American Lawyer’s Global Dispute of the Year: International Litigation award for 2016.

  • The Legal 500

    Assisting Renesas Electronics Corporation in obtaining immunity from fines in the Smart Card Chip cartel proceedings before the European Commission.

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