"Nigel Seay is a prominent figure in the European competition market where he enjoys a strong reputation for his work on merger control and behavioural matters. […] Stephen Whitfield wins acclaim as a 'very knowledgeable practitioner who has extensive insight on the subject'. He is experienced in an array of UK and EU cartel investigations."
GCR Who's Who Legal: Competition, 2019
"Interviewees describe Nigel Seay as 'meticulous, strategic, straightforward and a very nice guy'. Caroline Edwards […] 'does a brilliant job of managing litigation and is good fun to work with.' [….] [T]he team [….] 'is very well organised and keeps us up to date.'"
"'A high-quality competition practice' that is 'responsive, knowledgeable and very user friendly'. 'Top notch' practice head Nigel Seay 'is highly skilled and an excellent strategist' [….]. Stephen Whitfield is a key partner for the team and 'is an approachable and very practical lawyer who is easy to get on with.'"
Legal 500, 2018 (EU & Competition)
"Travers Smith LLP's 'extremely strong' litigation team takes a cross-departmental approach to competition litigation [and is] co-led by 'profoundly knowledgeable' competition lawyer Nigel Seay and 'extremely smart' litigator Caroline Edwards. 'Impressive litigator' Heather Gagen was promoted to partner in July 2017. Stephen Whitfield is another key name."
Legal 500, 2018 (Competition Litigation)
"Clients report that the lawyers [at Travers Smith LLP] 'understand our business and try to achieve the best outcome from it, working extremely hard, and it feels like they are on our side.' Clients also describe the team as 'easy to get on with' and able to provide 'succinct, to-the-point and pragmatic advice'."
''Nigel Seay has a strong merger control and behavioural practice [….] [He] also represents clients in competition litigation. Sources say he is "very user-friendly" and has "very strong negotiation skills'."
The ‘outstanding’ team at Travers Smith LLP provides ‘in-depth legal knowledge’ with a ‘personalised’ and ‘efficient’ approach, and is praised for its ability to balance ‘legal requirements and commercial realities’.
Legal 500, 2017 (EU & Competition)
"Practice head Nigel Seay [is] ‘smart’, ‘flexible’, ‘able to think creatively and commercially'. "
Legal 500, 2017 (EU & Competition)
"Stephen Whitfield […] is ‘absolutely brilliant’, ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘easy to talk to.’ He is also ranked by Legal 500 as a Next Generation Lawyer."
Legal 500 2017 (EU & Competition)
"Travers Smith LLP is ‘among the very strong mid-sized firms operating’ in the competition litigation space. The team has enjoyed immense success as of late, and has picked up work in several of the most high-profile cases in the UK and abroad.'"
Legal 500 2017 (Competition Litigation)
“Nigel Seay is a 'strategic thinker and excellent negotiator' who is an exceptional performer in litigation proceedings.'”
GCR Who's Who Legal: Competition, 2017
“Nigel Seay of Travers Smith LLP is a 'very skilled, solution-driven lawyer'.”
Chambers UK, 2017
“[The team at Travers is] ‘hugely impressive’ […]. Clients praise practice head Nigel Seay for his ‘real depth of expertise in competition law’ and Caroline Edwards, who is ‘an excellent all-round litigator’. Toby Robinson is also recommended.”
Legal 500 2016 (Competition Litigation)
"Travers Smith LLP is praised for its response times, value for money, and ‘ability to distil dense detail into clear and concise conclusions’. ‘Top-class’ practice head Nigel Seay […] shows ‘broad commercial acumen’ […] [and] partner Stephen Whitfield gives ‘pragmatic, reliable advice'"
Legal 500 2016 (EU & Competition)
"Nigel Seay is 'a very talented guy', praised for his ability to 'distill complex information while still retaining a commercial context'.
GCR Who’s Who Legal: Competition, 2016
"The 'very creative and solution-oriented' Nigel Seay is head of the department at Travers Smith LLP. Clients say he offers 'practical advice' and 'an excellent performance.'"
Chambers UK, 2016
"Practice head Nigel Seay is "easy to work with" at Travers Smith LLP, where the team is particularly known for its merger control expertise; it advised Micro Focus on its merger with the Attachmate Group, and Immediate Media on its acquisition of a portfolio of specialist magazine titles from Future Publishing. On the behavioural side, clients include Pinewood and Mueller Industries."
Legal 500, 2015
"Nigel Seay heads the competition department at Travers Smith LLP. Clients characterise him as "the whole package; he's approachable, knowledgeable and incredibly practical." He also advises on utilities regulation."
Chambers UK, 2015
"Travers Smith LLP has an active behavioural practice, and also recently obtained merger clearance for two of its longstanding clients. Its growing client base is drawn from a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, media and financial services. Nigel Seay is "very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with'; and senior associate Stephen Whitfield is "insightful and user friendly'."
Legal 500, 2014
"Nigel Seay of Travers Smith LLP stands out as 'knowledgeable and very experienced.' While transactional matters remain his primary focus, he also acts on a considerable number of behavioural competition enquiries."
Chambers UK, 2014
"Travers Smith LLP gives 'responsive and commercially savvy' advice. The firm has a strong reputation in merger control, and a solid following for behavioural work. Nigel Seay 'makes the complex seem very easy'."
Legal 500, 2013
"Travers Smith's broad-based approach to behavioural and merger control matters means that clients benefit from its experience across a range of industries. It is also praised for offering high levels of client service. The team has been involved in high-profile mandates including advising on the inquiry into the sale of Headland's frozen ready meals business to Kerry Foods..."
Chambers UK, 2013
"Market commentators are full of praise for Nigel Seay, emphasising his proactive approach and responsiveness. He focuses on an array of competition concerns."
Chambers UK, 2013