The President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal is pleased to announce that the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Ms Margot James MP, has appointed five new members to the Tribunal’s panel of Ordinary Members.
The new members are: Peter Anderson, Kirstin Baker CBE, Eamonn Doran, Paul Lomas and Professor Anthony Neuberger.
1. About the new members:
Peter Anderson has been a solicitor in Scotland since 1975 and a Solicitor Advocate in Scotland since 1994. He was a partner in Simpson & Marwick, Solicitors, Scotland from 1978 and since the firm merged with Clyde & Co Solicitors, has been a partner there since 2015. He has over 40 years’ experience in general insurance work, specialising in complex and high value personal injury claims, professional negligence, commercial litigation and aviation disputes. He has lengthy experience as Chairman and Managing Partner of a sizeable law firm.
Kirstin Baker CBE had a long career in the civil service and was most recently HM Treasury’s Finance and Commercial Director. Earlier in her career, she led the Treasury team coordinating public spending policy and managed many of the Treasury’s interventions in individual banks in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. She has also worked as a competition official in the European Commission, as an EU policy advisor in the Cabinet Office and as a senior civil servant in the Scottish Government, leading work on infrastructure investment. She holds non-executive positions on the boards of UK Financial Investments, The Pensions Regulator and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust. She is also Vice-Chair of the Council of Sussex University and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She was awarded a CBE in 2011 for her work during the financial crisis.
Eamonn Doran is a solicitor who, until his recent retirement from the firm, had worked at Linklaters LLP since 1986, latterly as a partner, becoming a partner consultant in 2014. He specialised in EU and UK competition law with particular experience of inquiries concerning retail banking and financial services and was head of the London competition group from 2009. He also has experience of the education and charity sectors including, since 2013, as a director of the Laurels School Limited and a trustee of Missio, a Catholic mission charity.
Paul Lomas is a solicitor (with Higher Rights of Audience). Until his recent retirement from the firm, he had been with Freshfields (subsequently Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) since 1982 and a partner from 1990. His experience includes general litigation, including commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, joint ventures, a wide range of regulatory litigation and defence work, financial services law, energy law, art law and particularly competition, cartel and EU law.
Professor Anthony Neuberger is currently Professor of Finance at Cass Business School at the City University of London where, since 2016, he has also been the Deputy Head of the Finance Faculty. He was previously at the University of Warwick as Professor of Finance and the London Business School as Associate Professor of Finance. He also has experience of working for the Department of Energy and the Cabinet Office, between 1973 and 1983.
2. Ordinary Members are selected for their expertise in law, business, accountancy, economics and other related fields. Prior to the making of these appointments, the panel of Ordinary Members consisted of 21 members (eleven of whom will come to the end of their term of appointment in January 2019).
3. Cases are heard before a Tribunal consisting of three members: either the President or a member of the panel of Chairmen and two Ordinary Members.
4. The new members are appointed for eight years and paid according to the amount of time that they spend working for the Tribunal based on a daily rate of £400. The appointments carry no right of pension, gratuity or allowance on their termination. The announced appointments will commence on 1 October 2017.
5. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity to be made public. None of the new members are politically active.
6. Although these appointments do not come within the remit of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA), they have been made following OCPA best practice.