Emeritus Professor Richard Whish is a legal academic and author. He is a qualified solicitor and was in legal practice in London from 1989 to 1998. He was admitted in 1977. He has been recommended for his contribution to competition law and policy, in the UK, the European Union and in many other countries with competition laws throughout the world. Professor Whish has published many books and articles on competition law, and contributed to many others. In particular he is the co-author of Competition Law, 7th edition 2012.
Professor Whish has advised various Governments and competition authorities on competition law and policy, and has had an influence on the development of various competition laws and on soft law guidance. His nomination also focuses on his contribution to the development of many postgraduate courses on competition law and policy at King’s College London, where he is now Emeritus Professor, having been a Professor of Law there from 1991 to 2013.
For many years he was also a Visiting Professor of Law at the College of Europe in Bruges. Professor Whish was a member of the Advisory Panel of the Director General of Fair Trading from 2001 to 2003, and a non-executive director of the Board of the Office of Fair Trading from 2003 to 2009. He was also a member of the Board of the Singapore Energy Markets Authority from 2005 to 2011.
In 2014 Professor Whish was appointed Queen's Counsel Honoris Causa. The award is made to lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law of England & Wales outside practice in the courts.