Dr Philip Marsden

Dr Philip Marsden has over thirty years of experience enforcing or advising on competition law, and devising new frameworks of regulation. His current portfolio includes academic, government and private sector roles.

Dr. Philip Marsden

Current roles:   Philip is Deputy Chair of the Bank of England’s Enforcement Decision Making Committee, and case decisionmaker at the Financial Conduct Authority, Regulatory Decisions Committee; the Payment Systems Regulator and OFGEM. He is also Professor of Law and Economics at the College of Europe, Bruges, teaching the core Masters in Law. In 2018, the Chancellor appointed Philip to the Treasury’s Digital Competition Experts Panel, writing the ‘Furman Review: Unlocking Digital Competition’. In 2019 he was appointed to the government’s Open Finance Advisory Group, advising the FCA on how to extend Open Banking to other regulated sectors.  In 2020, Philip was appointed Chairman of the charity, Lyra in Africa, which provides safe hostels and education to young women.

Philip is also General Editor of the European Competition Journal, the Oxford Competition Law case reporter series, and teaches an online LLM to officials from developing countries through Loyola University. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Guernsey Competition and Regulatory Authority, responsible for energy, telecoms and competition. He is Counsel to the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum, and of IMAGINE, which implement collaborative sustainability initiatives among large businesses.  Philip also advises governments on agency effectiveness under the auspices of the OECD, UN, World Bank and the IMF. 

Past roles: For ten years, Philip held various government roles, first as member of the Board of the Office of Fair Trading, then as Inquiry Chair at the Competition and Markets Authority, where he decided on Phase II mergers, market investigations and antitrust cases. He was also a Board member of the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities, deciding on energy, telecoms and ports regulation as well as competition cases.   He was also a member of OFWAT’s Case Committee, and the OFWAT Future Regulation Advisory Panel. He was a founding member of Advocates for International Development, providing pro bono legal advice to developing countries.  Early on in his career, he worked at law firms in Toronto, Tokyo and London, at the Canadian Competition Bureau and was Senior Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Philip earned his doctorate in law from the University of Oxford. He is also a keen distance runner and rower. His wife and children are all artists, but he still likes to think he can be creative too, if it leads to more efficient and effective decision-making and enforcement.

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