Kate Vernon is a partner and Co-Head of the Competition Litigation Practice in Quinn Emanuel’s London Office. She has vast experience in EU and UK competition law and was previously head of the UK Competition Team at DLA Piper. She also advises clients on GDPR compliance and GDPR / UK Data Protection Act litigation. She is also Quinn Emanuel's GDPR internal compliance partner.
Ms. Vernon has represented both claimants and defendants in follow-on and standalone competition litigation, and in IP and commercial litigation where there are competition and FRAND issues. Ms. Vernon regularly litigates in the English High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She also has conducted appeals from and judicial reviews of decisions of competition and regulatory authorities in London and Luxembourg. She also has significant experience in advising and representing clients in competition investigations, both infringement and market and sector inquiries, and providing strategic and general competition counseling advice. Ms. Vernon has particular expertise in the application of competition law to the financial services, sports, media, retail, pharmaceutical and technology sectors.
Ms. Vernon has been described as “very impressive” by Chambers and Partners and was ranked as a Leading Individual by Chambers UK for Competition Law: Litigation and Competition Law: Private Enforcement: Claimant in 2020, by Chambers Europe from 2017 - 2019 for Competition/European Law, by Chambers Global in 2019 for Competition Law: Private Enforcement: Claimant. She has also been ranked by Legal 500 UK since 2015 including as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 2020. She has been selected by Who’s Who Legal in both 2017, 2018, and 2019 as among the world’s leading plaintiff’s lawyers for Competition. Who’s Who Legal also ranked her as a Future Leader in Competition Law in both 2017 and 2018. She has been named by Acritas as a Star Lawyer in 2017, 2018 and 2019 where she has been described as “...just very energetic, reliable and gives sound advice.”