Matheson


Practice Areas

Regulated Sectors

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Expertise

We regularly provide EU and Irish advice across a wide range of regulated sectors, such as telecommunications, broadcasting, postal services, life sciences, food / grocery, energy and transport (including aviation, bus and rail).

We have advised many listed companies and market leaders including on compliance and engagement with sector-specific regulators in the context of licensing, regulatory compliance,  and enforcement in particular.  These regulators include, for example, ComReg, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI), the Commission for Aviation Regulation, and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).  We keep abreast of regulatory developments and assist clients in understanding the often complex and technical regulations that apply to their business.

We have also advised clients on appeals and challenges to regulatory decisions made by Irish regulators, including by way of judicial review.

Experience Highlights

We have advised;

  • Three on a range of regulatory issues and engagements with ComReg, including High Court proceedings by Vodafone, and its successful appeal against decisions of ComReg in the wholesale voice call termination market
  • The national postal company on a range of regulatory issues, including defending a High Court action by ComReg seeking the imposition of a €12 million fine for alleged late delivery of mail
  • Sky Ireland on High Court litigation against ComReg in relation to pricing and access decisions relating to the Irish broadband market
  • Traditional and non-traditional broadcasters on compliance with BAI Codes and licence obligations, including on the implications of the EU AVMS Directive and amendments to radio licences
  • the Department of Job, Enterprise and Innovation on introducing new rules on the supply of groceries under the Groceries Regulations regime in order to control the bargaining power of large retailers vis a vis food suppliers
  • Multinational life sciences companies on regulatory and pricing matters arising during the life cycle of medicinal products, including the compliance of pricing and discounting proposals made during reimbursement applications
  • In terms of travel regulation, on the complex web of laws which apply to the sale of travel services in Europe. This includes advising on compliance with EU laws, including the Package Travel Directive, and national laws which may require registration, licensing, insolvency and bond protection

We regularly provide EU and Irish advice across a wide range of regulated sectors, such as telecommunications, broadcasting, postal services, life sciences, food / grocery, energy and transport (including aviation, bus and rail).

We have advised many listed companies and market leaders including on compliance and engagement with sector-specific regulators in the context of licensing, regulatory compliance,  and enforcement in particular.  These regulators include, for example, ComReg, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI), the Commission for Aviation Regulation, and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).  We keep abreast of regulatory developments and assist clients in understanding the often complex and technical regulations that apply to their business.

We have also advised clients on appeals and challenges to regulatory decisions made by Irish regulators, including by way of judicial review.


We have advised;

  • Three on a range of regulatory issues and engagements with ComReg, including High Court proceedings by Vodafone, and its successful appeal against decisions of ComReg in the wholesale voice call termination market
  • The national postal company on a range of regulatory issues, including defending a High Court action by ComReg seeking the imposition of a €12 million fine for alleged late delivery of mail
  • Sky Ireland on High Court litigation against ComReg in relation to pricing and access decisions relating to the Irish broadband market
  • Traditional and non-traditional broadcasters on compliance with BAI Codes and licence obligations, including on the implications of the EU AVMS Directive and amendments to radio licences
  • the Department of Job, Enterprise and Innovation on introducing new rules on the supply of groceries under the Groceries Regulations regime in order to control the bargaining power of large retailers vis a vis food suppliers
  • Multinational life sciences companies on regulatory and pricing matters arising during the life cycle of medicinal products, including the compliance of pricing and discounting proposals made during reimbursement applications
  • In terms of travel regulation, on the complex web of laws which apply to the sale of travel services in Europe. This includes advising on compliance with EU laws, including the Package Travel Directive, and national laws which may require registration, licensing, insolvency and bond protection


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