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Stephen Tupper

Managing Director

Stephen Tupper has nearly 30 years of experience of providing high-level competition and regulatory advice, including a 10+ year stint in Brussels from 1988-1998. He covers the competition, merger control, utilities and general EU law areas. Awarded Competition Team of the Year at the 2017 British Legal Awards, TupperS Law has shown that it can itself compete with the best.

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Stephen Tupper

Background & Experience

University of Buckingham (1978 – 1980)

B.A., with Honours, European Studies (graduated with honours in English Law and European Institutions).  Studies in English Law, EC Law and Institutions, and French Law and Language.

Université d’Aix Marseilles (1978 – 1979)

Diplôme en droit (graduated second in class with distinction).  Studies in French Constitutional, Administrative and Civil (first and second years) Law.

Université Catholique de Lille (1977)

Diploma, French Language.


  • Competition Law – Ranked Lawyers (Band 3 – 2017)
  • Water Law – Ranked Lawyers (Band 1 – 2017)

Legal 500:

  • Competition Law (Band 6 – 2015)
  • Water Law (Band 3 – 2015)
  • Water Law – Leading Individual (Band 1 – 2016)

Winner of Competition Team of the Year at the 2017 British Legal Awards.

Shortlisted for 2011 Legal Business’ Competition Law Team of the Year for work on Bristol Water price redetermination before the Competition Commission (see below).

Winner of the Law Society Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Pro Bono Firm of the Year for work in setting up the Competition Law Pro Bono Scheme.

  • Principal adviser to the claimant in Socrates Training v. The Law Society the first ever stand-alone damages action filed before the Competition Appeal Tribunal under the newly instigated procedure.
  • Adviser in relation to, and completion of, numerous notifications to national competition authorities and the European Commission, relating to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other commercial agreements including: Volvo CE/Terex (Global); Platform/Arysta (Global); Manwin/Reality Kings (Global); Volvo/GKN (Global); Rentokil/Connaught (UK); Rentokil/Better Capital (UK/Ireland); Astra Zeneca/Dentsply (Global); Amisco/Prozone (UK); Siemens/Babcock (EU); ITW/Orgapack (UK); Guilbert/WH Smith (UK); Vopak/Ellis & Everard (EU); Delta/PanAm (EU); Fort Howard/James River (UK); Hallmark/ Creative Publishing (UK); Findel/Novara (UK); Babcock/Rosyth (EU); Textron/David Brown (Pan-European); Teekay/Torm/OMI (Global); Palmery/Consolidated Minerals (Global), Send for Help/Soloprotect (UK); Tobii/Smartbox (UK) etc.
  • Advised in regard to one of the first ever successful applications for leniency under the Office of Fair Trading’s so-called “whistle blowers” programme in the Flat Roof Contractors cartel case.
  • University A v. SGL, Court of Session Edinburgh: Acting for SGL in defending claims by the university for trademark infringement and passing-off and counterclaiming for breach of competition law in relation to retail of undergraduate gowns.
  • CGL and anor v E&R and ors, Competition Appeal Tribunal: Acting for nascent suppliers to the academic dress market in a claim against the incumbent suppliers for abuse of dominant position.