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Competition Litigation

Competition litigation is one of the fastest-growing areas of law, with new EU and UK legislation designed to facilitate the recovery of damages by victims of anti-competitive behaviour.  The courts are also available to resolve competition law disputes between parties as an alternative to complaints to competition authorities.

The majority of cartel and other antitrust infringement decisions by competition authorities now generate major follow-on damages actions worldwide.  Claims can represent a significant proportion of claimants’ total spend on products or services which have been the subject of anti-competitive activity.

We are recognised leaders in this field, with our award-winning team having advised on some of the most high-profile and high-value leading cases.  For example, we advised National Grid in what has been described as “the biggest cartel damages action to surface in the English courts”.

We represent large corporate claimants and defendants.  We draw on this breadth of experience to help our clients to develop litigation strategies early on during investigations and to pursue them to a successful outcome.  We are able to make the use of our best-in-class preferred firms to co-ordinate global litigation strategies.

We also offer clients an innovative resourcing solution through our in-house forensic accounting and technology team, which ensures that clients receive a seamless, integrated and cost-efficient service.

Our unique funding model enables us to offer “off-balance sheet” funding of cartel damages claims through a flexible combination of conditional fee arrangements, third party funding and adverse costs insurance.

Who we are

Our market-leading Competition Litigation team has broad hands-on experience and expertise at every level and its case load is a roll call of the major competition litigation cases of recent years (including GIS, Power Cables, Air Cargo and Trucks).

Our distinctive approach has seen us receive 8 Law Firm of the Year awards since 2004 and, in 2015, named a top-five 'legal game changer of the last decade' by the Financial Times. 

Six of our team are individually ranked in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 for our work in this area.

What we do

Our Competition Litigation practice represents both claimants and defendants, and draws on this breadth of experience to help our clients develop litigation strategies which are successful.

We provide sophisticated advice which is tailored to individual requirements and use our market-leading litigation experience, in-house forensic and technology support, and strength-in-depth to implement case strategies that achieve our clients’ individual commercial objectives.

Examples of our recent experience

  • Recently issued multi-million pound claims in the English High Court for Royal Mail Group and British Telecommunications plc against DAF for damages arising from DAF’s participation in the EEA trucks cartel. 
  • Acting for claimant National Grid in relation to the global GIS (gas insulated switchgear) cartel, with a claim value worth £250m. The case was recognised with a number of high-profile industry awards including Global Competition Review’s Cartel Prosecution Litigation of the Year 2015.
  • Acting for claimants Scottish Power and National Grid in relation to the power cables cartel, with a combined claim value of £190m.
  • Acted for a regulated monopoly in defence of allegations of abuse of a dominant position, including illegal tying and excessive pricing. The dispute was resolved through mediation.
  • Advising a major freight forwarder on the defence of global cartel claims.
  • Advising a major manufacturer on its defence of global damages claims in relation to its participation in a car parts cartel (in respect of which it was a leniency applicant to the European Commission).
  • Defending Tesco plc in an abuse of dominance claim under the new UK fast track Competition Appeals Tribunal procedure.
  • Representing an international logistics company on claims against members of the air cargo cartel.

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