Services to Law Firms

Economic support & other consultancy on AD, CVD and Safeguards


For 25 years, Cliff Stevenson has provided economic support and other consultancy to law firms on global anti-dumping , countervailing duties (anti-subsidy) and safeguards.

He has been the only economist specialising full-time in EU anti-dumping and other trade defence instruments. 

Why bring an outside economist to assist a law firm?

because it reduces overall input costs of the law firm (low overheads mean that fee rates are highly competitive for the high level of expertise)

it increases the quality of the work by adding rigorous economic input working to the advantage both of your client and your anti-dumping practice.

This service is primarily aimed at EU law firms representing interested parties in EU anti-dumping & other TDI investigations (countervailing duty/anti-subsidy and safeguards). However, Cliff does have considerable experience of working on cases in other countries,

Training on Economics of TDI Investigations


Economic issues are critical throughout the substantive parts of trade remedies/TDI investigations.  Lawyers practising in this area need to have a good understanding of these issues.  Cliff Stevenson Consulting provides tailor-made training for lawyers, aimed at giving them a better grounding on economic issues

This training allows lawers to handle anti-dumping and other TDI investigations more effectively by themselves.  It also helps them to understand understand when it may be appropriate to use outside economics help and how to get the most benefit from an economist.

For further information, see a sample course outline below.

Business advice on setting up an anti-dumping practice


Cliff Stevenson Consulting is able to provide practical business and marketing advice on setting up an anti-dumping practice and running anti-dumping investigations.

This service is useful to:

law firms that do trade remedies/TDI work from time to time and would like to get more business

law firms that want a trade practice and need trade remedies/TDI work as one of the bread and butter services

law firms that already operate in this market but find it difficult to make it a viable business.

Cliff can assist in marketing your practice.  No-one in the EU has been more successful in creating profile through major media outlets e.g. Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Frankfurter Allgemeine, CNN, CNBC etc.  He can assist your practice to do the same.

Training – lawyers

Anti-Dumping Economics for Lawyers



A basic guide to EU and WTO rules on TDI



Anti-subsidy/Countervailing duty


China specific safeguard

Transitional textiles safeguards

Understanding the concept of dumping


The economics of dumping & anti-dumping

Comparison between dumping and predatory pricing

The dumping/subsidy margin


How is the dumping margin calculated?

How are subsidies measured?

Using Excel to calculate dumping margins.

Checking the Commission’s calculations.

What is the lesser duty rule and how does it affect the level of AD/CVD applied?

Key drivers affecting the level of TDI measures

Injury & Causality


What is the difference between material injury, serious injury, market disruption etc?

Mapping the trends in injury indicators

Testing for causal link.

Guide to producing a great injury & causality submission.

Community Interest


How does the Commission weigh up different interests in considering Community Interest?

The economics of the public interest

Cost benefit analysis versus current Community interest methodology.



Effective ways of presenting economic evidence during the procedure

Hearings – how to make sure that the economic arguments are heard.

The challenge of presenting economic evidence to the Member States

 The future of TDI


Changes in EU TDI following the white paper

What kind of TDI actions can be expected in the future?

What will happen to Chinese textiles quotas in 2007?