Jonathan has been an EU/Competition specialist for more than 20 years and in addition to regular aspects of Competition Law such as behavioural antitrust, cartels and merger control, he has a particularly strong reputation in handling all aspects of EU State aid law and practice, and public procurement.
He is particularly involved and experienced in a number of different sources of public funding, including the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), and European structural funds such as ERDF and the new ESIF (including audit and clawback experience and dealing with the European Court of Auditors (ECA). He has also acted in a large number of EU trade defence proceedings such as anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations, and advised in WTO and related trade disputes and procedures.
Before joining DWF, Jonathan practised in Brussels for over 12 years having been a partner in an international law firm based there. He now manages the firm's Brussels office in addition to leading the firm's EU/Competition team generally, and the firm's Public Sector group. He is also qualified as a solicitor in Ireland.
Jonathan regularly appears before national and international regulators such as the Competition and Markets Authority and the European Commission, and has successfully pleaded before the General (European) Court in Luxembourg. He also deals regularly with a variety of UK government departments especially the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (DBIS) and the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG).
Away from DWF Jonathan spends time with his family. He particularly enjoys international travel which ties in with his love of the outdoors and rugby.
The leading legal directories are consistently generous and variously make comment such as him offering "excellent technical knowledge"; that he is "technically knowledgeable but also understands the practical application of the law"; "approachable and flexible";and"the best State aid lawyer in the country".
"Jonathan Branton is singled out by sources as "a star player in state aid," and is particularly noted for his "deep knowledge of European state aid issues." As such, he is the first port of call for many clients, from both the private and public sector.'
Chambers & Partners 2014
"Jonathan Branton has a great reputation for EU state aid law'. Sources report that he is"very personable and great at explaining issues in easy terms."'
Chambers Global 2015
Legal 500 2015 included him on their elite "leading lawyers" list and comments from clients included: 'Jonathan Branton is fantastic' and'one of the few experts anywhere in the country on EU state-aid law.'
Legal 500 2015