Sir Nicholas Forwood QC
Year of Call E&W 1970, Ireland 1981 Silk 1987
Sir Nicholas Forwood was called to the English Bar in 1970. After eight years practice in London, he moved to Brussels in 1979 to set up a
new chambers of barristers specialising in EC and competition law. Over the next twenty years, he practised extensively in this field, before
both the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance (now the General Court of the EU) where he pleaded regularly both for corporate
and individual clients as well as for the Community institutions. Also called to the Irish bar in 1981, and made Queen’s Counsel in 1987, he
was appointed to the CJEU as a judge of the General Court in December 1999.
Over 16 years as a Judge of the General Court, Sir Nicholas Forwood took part in many of the Court’s leading judgments, dealing with more
than 1500 cases, 464 of which were as “juge rapporteur”. In the competition field, these included the trio of judgments in 2002 (Airtours,
Tetra-Laval and Schneider) that led to a fundamental restructuring of the Commission’s merger task force, the review of the Commission’s
GE/Honeywell merger decision, the Microsoft (2007) and Microsoft (2012) cases on abuse of dominant position, in the latter as reporting
judge, as well as numerous cartel cases including JFE Engineering. In other fields, he was reporting judge in the earliest judgments concerning
judicial review of restrictive measures against suspected terrorists and organisations (PMOI, Kadi), in several leading judgments on state aids
and in relation to EU IP law (trade marks, designs, plant variety rights), and the FIFA/UEFA cases on the broadcasting rights for the World
Cup and European Cup.
Sir Nicholas Forwood has an advisory practice and also accepts appointments as arbitrator in a wide range of Commercial , Competition and
IP disputes. Sir Nicholas also practises part-time as Counsel to White & Case in Brussels, where he focuses on providing high-level advice
and oversight in the most significant cases in the field of EU law, particularly competition.
The cases he has pleaded as counsel before the European Courts covered many areas. In the field of competition, they included cartels,
particularly those with extra-territorial reach (Woodpulp, PVC, Soda Ash, Cement, LdPE
particular cases involving intellectual and industrial property and advanced technology (IBM)