Adam Aldred



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Colin Griffin
Rory Davis


For 20 years, Adam has advised sporting associations, leagues and clubs with regard to the competition and commercial issues relating to their activities.

Recommended in Legal 500 for Sports law: “competition law specialist Adam Aldred focuses on the interface between competition law and sport, and advises on issues such as the collective selling of football rights to broadcasters and shirt sponsorship deals”

Significant cases

Adam acted for Allsports in respect of the OFT’s cartel investigation relating to the sale of England and Manchester United Football kits and the subsequent appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the first ever hearing of its type

Adam advised on the competition issues relating to the sale of broadcasting rights by the English Football League

Adam has advised football clubs in the Scottish Premier League with regard to sale of broadcasting rights and related matters

Over the years, Adam has advised on various kit sponsorship deals

Adam has advised on issues relating to the bundling of tickets and travel for fans attending away matches




For over 25 years, Adam has specialised in EU & competition law, including cartels, dominance, mergers, market investigations, litigation, public procurement, State aid, trading agreements and compliance.  He is well known to case officers and staff at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the European Commission (EC), having dealt with many mergers, dawn raids, investigations and leniency applications in many market sectors.

He has litigated many cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and other UK and EU courts, and settled others using mediation.  Adam has also acted on a number of significant merger cases, for example, the clearance of the merger of British Salt and New Cheshire Salt Works, for which his team won The Lawyer's Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year award.

Year of Call: 1987 (NSW, Australia), 2014 (England & Wales)

Areas of Expertise
  • Arbitration
  • EU & Competition law
  • Mediation
  • Sports law



Profiled in Legal Business as the lawyer who broke the Net Book Agreement, the agreement by which UK publishers fixed the resale price of books


Won the Lawyer's Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year Award


Awarded “Stand-out” - Most Innovative law firms in Dispute Resolution - FT Innovative Lawyers: third out of 26 finalists


Chambers UK  – Adam Aldred is particularly praised for the expertise he brings as a solicitor advocate, and is noted as being "a seasoned litigator" who "has a great deal of experience to offer in this field". (Band 1 - leading individual)


Chambers UK - Adam Aldred is singled out as being "very innovative" and "an able litigator".  As such he is often sought to advise on abuse of dominance cases and follow-on damages claims. (Band 1 - leading individual)


Legal 500 – EU & Competition - Adam Aldred is highly recommended

Legal 500 – Sport - competition law specialist Adam Aldred focuses on the interface between competition law and sport, and advises on issues such as the collective selling of football rights to broadcasters and shirt sponsorship deals

Ranked by Legal 500 as the Leading Individual in EU & competition law in Yorkshire for many years


Chambers UK - "He combines the pragmatism of a solicitor with a robust fighting spirit."

Chambers UK – Competition Law (The Regions (Bar)) – Top ranked


Chambers UK - "He is a highly regarded individual, particularly for cases involving cartels."

Chambers UK – Competition Law (The Regions (Bar)) – Top ranked


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)

The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales

British Institute of International and Comparative Law


Cartels: Enforcement, Appeals and Damages Actions, 2014, 2nd Ed – UK Chapter


Law Extension Committee, University of Sydney 1983 to 1987

Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales 1987

Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge - 1988 to 1989 (Master of Laws - Public International & EU law)

Norton Rose 1989 to 1993 (EU & competition law)

Hammonds (Partner) 1994 to 2001 (EU & competition law & commercial litigation)

Accredited Mediator 1999 (ADR Group)

Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy)) 2000        

Addleshaw Goddard LLP (Partner) 2001 to 2014 (EU & competition & antitrust litigation)

Called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) 2014

Kings Chambers 2014 to date

Direct Access Qualified 2015


Chambers UK 2016

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