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Michael Cutting

Partner, London


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Michael is a partner in the Competition/Antitrust practice, based in London.  He has significant experience of both competition and regulatory law in the UK and across Europe. He also has considerable experience of the application of competition law in the energy, utilities, food & beverages, leisure and transport sectors and works with his clients to guide them through complex merger control, behavioural and other regulatory issues.

Michael was Global Head of the Linklaters Competition/Antitrust practice from 2011 to 2015 and lead the London Competition/Antitrust group from 2004 to 2009.  He is co-chair of the Joint Working Party on Competition Law of the Law Society and Bar Council.

Recent experience of note includes advising:

  • Centrica on the CMA investigation into competition in the supply of energy in Great Britain;
  • Anglian Water in relation to the Ofwat investigation into alleged abuse of dominance in the market for water services to new areas, preparations for the consequences of the implementation of the Water Act 2014 and PR14 (the 5 yearly price control process in the water industry); and
  • Vodafone on the competition aspects of its acquisition of 140 stores from the administrators of Phones 4U and other competition matters.
Professional experience

1995 to date Partner, Competition/Antitrust, Linklaters
2011 to 2015  Global Head of Competition/Antitrust, Linklaters
2004 - 2009 London Head of Competition/Antitrust, Linklaters
1988 - 1995 Assistant Solicitor, Linklaters
1986 - 1988 Articled Clerk, Linklaters 


1984 - Trinity Hall, Cambridge University