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Jeremy Scholes

Senior Lecturer

The City Law School, Academic Programmes

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Jeremy Scholes has law degrees from Cambridge and the Collège d'Europe in Belgium. He qualified as an English solicitor with the City of London law firm which is now Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He was in full-time private practice until 1993, latterly as a partner in Eversheds, where he set up and for several years led the competition and EU law practice group nationally.

He made a career charge in 1993 when he joined the law faculty at the University of Sheffield, and worked there until joining The City Law School in 2007. He works in English and French, and speaks reasonable German and Dutch as well.
Jeremy's main areas of work for many years has been competition law, although he comes from a background of being a more general based commercial lawyer, and retains interests in other areas as well.

He has taught at City LLM modules on various aspects of competition law, and teaches undergraduate courses on competition law, aspects of commercial law and contract law.
He was for several years a contributing editor of Butterworths Competition Law. Amongst many other publications, he is the co-author (with Dr. Séverine Saintier) of Commercial Agents and the Law (Lloyd's of London Press, 2005). This is generally regarded as the standard reference work on this specialised part of commercial law, and was heavily relied upon and cited with approval by the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court) in Lonsdale (Agencies) v. Howard & Hallam Ltd., [2007] UKHL32, which is still the leading case on commercial agency in English law.

Jeremy is a former chairman of the Law Society's European Group regional group in the East Midlands, and since 2001 has been professeur invité in the law faculty at Nancy in NE France, which is now part of Université de Lorraine.

Throughout his academic career, Jeremy has (unusually for a legal academic in the UK) remained active as a solicitor in private practice. He has been licensed since 1993 as a sole practitioner (J.P. Scholes), and since the late 1990s has been a consultant with Walker Morris, a leading regional law firm in Leeds, where until earlier this year he was the only specialist competition lawyer. Jeremy's practising work is almost entirely competition law, a field in which he has over 30 years' experience in the full range of commercial contexts (investigations and dealings with competition agencies, litigation, transactions, advisory/compliance work) and across a very wide range of sectors. He has been treated in a detailed costs assessment by a senior costs judge in the High Court as the equivalent of Queen's Counsel, and has for many years been recognised in The Legal 500 and The Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as an expert in competition and EU law.


Books (3)

  1. Scholes, J., Reich, N. and Nordhausen Scholes, A. (2015). 978-90-5095-7472. Intersentia BV.
  2. Scholes, J., Reich, N. and Nordhausen Scholes, A. (2015). 978-90-5095-7472 Understanding EU internal market law. Antwerp: Intersentia BV.
  3. Saintier, S. and Scholes, J. (2005). Commercial Agents and the Law. Informa Law. ISBN 978-1-84311-327-0.