Philippe Ruttley


Philippe Ruttley is a partner in the Competition and EU Regulatory Group. He specialises in EU competition law with particular reference to the transport industry, advising a wide range of airlines and shipping companies on compliance with EU competition rules, and on international trade law. He has a particular interest in EU litigation, such as cartel proceedings and actions for damages in cartel cases.

In the maritime sector, he has advised liner shipping and bulk shipping companies on EU compliance, Consortia issues, pools and terminal negotiations. From 1988 to 2008 he represented the Far Eastern Freight Conference, in high-profile competition policy battles with the European Commission over the interpretation and scope of liner conference regulations. He represented shipping companies in litigation before the EC Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice, as well as in proceedings before the UK Competition Commission and public enquiries. He is currently representing clients in the EU Commission's current investigation of liner services and car carrier services.

In the aviation sector, he has advised on global alliances (Oneworld and STAR), "metal neutral" revenue and capacity sharing agreements, code shares, interlining, GDS services, ground handling and airport access issues. He successfully defended Air New Zealand in the air cargo cartel case (dropped by the European Commision). He is the co-editor of the EU section of Shawcross & Beaumont on "Air Law", the leading survey of aviation law.

He also practices in the areas of international trade law (WTO and EU anti-dumping), representing clients in EU and WTO proceedings. He has particular expertise in the enforcement of obligations in EU bilateral trade agreements with non-EU states, including Georgia, Tunisia, Moldova and Russia. He served as Secretary of the World Trade Law Association from 1997-2003.

Year Qualified



Oriel College, University of Oxford (entrance history scholar and BA First Class Honours)
City University (Law)