Partner, Bird & Bird LLP


Richard Eccles is a partner in Bird & Bird's Competition & EU Law Group in London. He has over 25 years experience of EU and UK competition law, competition regulation and EU law. Richard’s experience covers all aspects of these fields, including anti-trust, merger control, and the EU State aid rules. He has advised extensively on competition regulation in public service sectors.

Richard advises on competition law in relation to a wide range of industries but has particular experience in the electronic communications, broadcasting, IT, sports, life sciences and postal services sectors. He has conducted cases before the European Commission, the European Court of Justice, and (in the UK) the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the Competition & Markets Authority and UK sector regulators including Ofcom.


Richard is a frequently published author on competition law and regulatory subjects, and his recent publications include the following:

  • The New EC Technology Transfer Agreements Block Exemption Regulation, published in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Patents 2015, 2014, by Global Legal Group;
  • Postal Services: Survey of Competition Law Developments, in the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, Journal of Competition law and Practice, January 2014, published by Oxford University Press;
  • The Regulatory Treatment of End-to-End Competition in the UK Postal Sector, published in "The Role of the Postal and Delivery Sector in a Digital Age" edited by Michael A Crew and Timothy J Brennan, published by Edward Elgar, 2014.

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  • Education

    MA (Oxon), Oxford University (Pembroke College), 1979-1982


    Law Society final examinations, College of Law, Chester; passed 1984