Bernadine Adkins is a partner, and head of Gowling WLG's EU, Trade and Competition team. Consistently recognised as a 'leading individual' by legal directories, she has a wealth of some 30 years' EU, trade and competition law experience, successfully guiding transactions through the European Commission and UK competition authorities. She also enjoys a reputation as an innovative litigator, acting on a range of high-profile and complex cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court. Bernardine has been described as a heavyweight antitrust specialist and as a leading expert in various legal directories and has herself contributed to several legal publications. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Competition Law Forum, at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and holds membership of the Law Society Competition Section, of the American Chamber of Commerce Policy Committee and of the Competition Law Association. She regularly contributes to industry publications. Bernardine has a sound understanding of the European Union institutions and an enviable network of contacts within the Brussels Community, having spent many years living and working in Brussels.