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Prof. Suzanne Rab

United Kingdom


Professor Suzanne Rab is a Barrister, Mediator and Regulatory Policy advisor at Serle Court, London.   Suzanne has wide experience of regulatory law, EU law and competition law matters combining cartel regulation, commercial practices, IP exploitation, merger control, public procurement and State aid.


Suzanne’s practice has a particular focus on the interface between competition law and economic regulation. She advises governments, regulators and businesses across the regulated sectors including in the communications, energy, financial services, healthcare/ pharmaceuticals, TMT and water sectors.


Suzanne has significant experience of advising on the development, implementation and application of new laws and regulatory regimes in line with international best practices, including in emerging markets.


Suzanne advises on professional services regulation with particular expertise in the regulation of solicitors and barristers.  Her UK representative experience includes advising:

the Legal Services Board and the Law Society on the barriers to the effective operation of the markets in which legal firms operate and the ways in which regulators or representative bodies could improve market functioning; the Legal Services Board on changes to regulation following the Legal Services Act 2007 reforms in England and Wales and the Bar Standards Board on a range of regulatory, competition law and data protection issues.


Suzanne is frequently invited to present to international bar associations and regulators on best practices in lawyer and legal services regulation.  In 2016 Suzanne presented to a delegation of the IBA and the Kazakhstan Bar Association on international regulation of lawyers and conducted similar missions in China, Hong Kong, India and Latin America in 2018/2019.


In private practice as a solicitor prior to joining the bar, she has held positions at leading international practices. She has also held the role of director at PricewaterhouseCoopers working within its strategy, economics and forensics teams.


Suzanne’s academic roles combine her position as Professor of Commercial Law and Practice Chair at Brunel University, Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and Senior Research Associate at the Regulatory Policy Institute, Oxford.   Suzanne is author of numerous leading textbooks on comparative regulation.


Suzanne will speak about the  importance of lawyer regulation in international legal services.  She will describe the relationship between the quality of a legal system and economic performance.  She will explore the relationship between the quality of lawyers and economic performance and ask what role lawyers play in the development of a legal system.  Drawing on experience in the UK and internationally, she will consider how experience in other jurisdictions can be a starting point for countries seeking to reform their own regulation.