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Competition Law: Private Enforcement: Claimant — UK


Hausfeld & Co LLP - Competition Law: Private Enforcement: Claimant Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 6 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading player in competition damages claims in the UK. Extensive expertise in class actions, providing the ability to manage significant standalone and follow-on cases on behalf of multiple claimants on a multi-jurisdictional basis. Particularly successful in the automotive sector and represents British, French, German, Japanese and Swedish car manufacturers.

Strengths Clients value the department's innovative approach: “They are very entrepreneurial and come up with lots of business solutions you wouldn't expect from a law firm.”

Another client adds: “They stand out by quite a way and are very much at the forefront of engaging in thinking in this area.”

Work highlights Represented PSA Peugeot Citroën in issuing a claim against Pilkington in the Competition Appeal Tribunal seeking the recovery of losses caused by a car glass cartel.

Issued a claim on behalf of BMW against SKF, NTN and NSK in the English High Court, seeking recovery of losses caused by a bearings cartel.

Significant Clients adidas, ASOS, Deutsche Bahn, AutoEurope.

Notable practitioners

London managing partner Anthony Maton is valued by clients for his litigation experience and is described as “the best in the class.” He has extensive experience in international dispute resolution, and clients praise his “very frank economic thinking: he looks at matters from all angles.”

Nicola Boyle acts as leading partner in a number of cartel damages claims. A client says: "She is an excellent lawyer and a real fighter for her clients." Another source notes: "She is outstanding. She spots problems in advance and shows how to deal with them. She is a pleasure to work with."

Scott Campbell has extensive experience in handling multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes arising out of infringements of EU and UK competition law.

Partner and qualified solicitor advocate Anna Morfey is noted for her expertise in EU law and is also singled out by interviewees as “a rising star with huge potential, an incredible litigator.”

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Mishcon de Reya LLP - Competition Law: Private Enforcement: Claimant Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established presence in contentious competition work with experience handling significant damages claims on behalf of clients from a variety of sectors, including a series of high-profile retailers. Also acts for defendants and on transactional mandates.

Strengths The team is praised by clients for its impressive attention to detail and agility: “They are very canny and creative in strategic terms and good at seeing the big picture.”

Another client reports: “What impressed me was their strategic thinking and passion for precision.”

Work highlights Represented Sainsbury's against Mastercard in a GBP70 million competition damages claim.

Acted for Microsoft in its High Court cartel damages claim against Sony, Samsung, Sanyo/Panasonic and LG Chem.

Significant Clients John Lewis, Esso Petroleum, Argos, Cineworld.

Notable practitioners

Highly experienced partner Rob Murray is best known for his strong litigation skills. Sources describe him as “a very savvy litigator" and note that he is “very easy to work with because he is calm, positive and always upbeat.”

Sarah Houghton is well known for her work on damages claims. Clients describe her as “dedicated, enthusiastic and thoughtful,” noting: “She is a very able, efficient partner who understands the law as well as managing expectations very well.”

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Stewarts - Competition Law: Private Enforcement: Claimant Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated competition litigation team able to handle high-value claims on behalf of corporate clients involved in follow-on proceedings. Acts on behalf of a number of major retailers and retains an in-house competition economist. Demonstrates expertise in damages cases arising from cartel infringements and abuses of dominance.

Strengths Sources say: “Everyone in the firm is well trained in litigation and they deal with some of the biggest cases around.”

Interviewees report: “They are enormously easy to work with,” adding that “they are an excellent litigation boutique and have a very engaging approach.”

Work highlights Represented multiple claimants including Arcadia Group, ASDA and New Look in actions against Mastercard concerning excessively high interchange fees.

Acted for Iiyama in proceedings against the anti-competitive arrangements of cathode ray tube producers.

Significant Clients Marks & Spencer, Wilkinson Hardware Stores, Ingram Micro.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Jonathan Sinclair is known for his expertise in complex dispute management. Clients appreciate that he is “hugely experienced and a very tactical thinker,” adding: “He is always several steps ahead and is immensely gracious and charming.”

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We act in the most high-profile competition cases in the UK and Europe. We are ranked No.1 in Chambers.

Our clients include FTSE 100, FTSE 250 companies and global corporations.

We act on behalf of major enterprises who have been adversely affected by cartels or abuse of a dominant position. Our clients’ claims for damages are in most instances based on regulatory decisions made by US, EU, UK and other national competition authorities.

Our team has cutting-edge expertise in this rapidly developing field. This includes the review and research of regulatory decisions in order to advise clients of potential claims and assist them in evaluating the benefits of taking action.

Our lawyers have unrivalled experience in putting together innovative costs arrangements. The use of third party funding, after-the-event insurance and risk-sharing fee agreements enables our clients to manage risk and litigate from a position of financial strength.

Most anti-competitive activity is on an international scale and we have strategic alliances with handpicked law firms around the world to enable our clients to take a cross-border approach to litigation.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - Competition Law: Private Enforcement: Claimant Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for claimants in a series of prominent competition and cartel claims. Represents a series of major clients with key sector focus across the utilities and financial services sectors.

Work highlights Represented Royal Mail in its claim against DAF in relation to its participation in the EC heavy duty truck cartel.

Represented National Grid and ScottishPower in their separate damages claims against multiple defendants due to overcharges paid for the purchase of high-voltage power cables.

Significant Clients Tesco, Heathrow Airport, Investec, AMEC Foster Wheeler.

Notable practitioners

Solicitor advocate Edward Coulson specialises in cartel damages actions and led on the department's recent work acting for National Grid. Clients describe him as “very talented,” adding that “he is a nice, energetic guy.”

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Competition Law: Private Enforcement: Claimant Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 2 partners

What the team is known for Offers the full spectrum of contentious competition law services, acting for both claimants and defendants. Strong cross-border practice, working closely with its US offices.

Strengths Clients praise the team's innovative outlook: “They are clearly forward-thinking, focused and easy to work with.”

Another interviewee notes: “I find their approach very straightforward and sensible. They are very bright people.”

Work highlights Acted for all UK consumers (46 million individuals) in a claim against Mastercard for imposing excessive interchange fees.

Significant Clients Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, BMW, Daimler, NBCUniversal.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Boris Bronfentrinker advises on a broad range of issues relating to competition law and litigation and has acted for both claimants and defendants in commercial disputes. Clients value his versatility: “He can tailor his style depending on the client, and can be hard as nails or more conciliatory if needed.”

Kate Vernon has extensive experience in representing both claimants and defendants in follow-on competition damages litigation. One client enthuses: “She is professional, knowledgeable, and calm under pressure,” adding that “she really has a great rapport with experts and counsel.”

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Band 1

Hausfeld & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

London managing partner Anthony Maton is valued by clients for his litigation experience and is described as “the best in the class.” He has extensive experience in international dispute resolution, and clients praise his “very frank economic thinking: he looks at matters from all angles.”

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Band 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Highly experienced partner Rob Murray is best known for his strong litigation skills. Sources describe him as “a very savvy litigator" and note that he is “very easy to work with because he is calm, positive and always upbeat.”

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Band 2

Jonathan Sinclair

Stewarts

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Jonathan Sinclair is known for his expertise in complex dispute management. Clients appreciate that he is “hugely experienced and a very tactical thinker,” adding: “He is always several steps ahead and is immensely gracious and charming.”

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Hausfeld & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicola Boyle acts as leading partner in a number of cartel damages claims. A client says: "She is an excellent lawyer and a real fighter for her clients." Another source notes: "She is outstanding. She spots problems in advance and shows how to deal with them. She is a pleasure to work with."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Boris Bronfentrinker

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Boris Bronfentrinker advises on a broad range of issues relating to competition law and litigation and has acted for both claimants and defendants in commercial disputes. Clients value his versatility: “He can tailor his style depending on the client, and can be hard as nails or more conciliatory if needed.”

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Hausfeld & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Scott Campbell has extensive experience in handling multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes arising out of infringements of EU and UK competition law.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Solicitor advocate Edward Coulson specialises in cartel damages actions and led on the department's recent work acting for National Grid. Clients describe him as “very talented,” adding that “he is a nice, energetic guy.”

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sarah Houghton is well known for her work on damages claims. Clients describe her as “dedicated, enthusiastic and thoughtful,” noting: “She is a very able, efficient partner who understands the law as well as managing expectations very well.”

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Humphries Kerstetter LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mark Humphries of Humphries Kerstetter LLP leads on the firm's interchange litigation matters and has acted for private equity firms, hedge funds and high net worth individuals. Interviewees note: "He is a very experienced and strategic litigator, and has a firm grasp of the big picture."

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Band 3

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jonathan Tickner of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has significant experience in private damages claims for breaches of competition law. Clients are quick to single him out for praise: "He is very wise and has no difficulty getting to the point. A delight to work with."

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Band 3

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kate Vernon has extensive experience in representing both claimants and defendants in follow-on competition damages litigation. One client enthuses: “She is professional, knowledgeable, and calm under pressure,” adding that “she really has a great rapport with experts and counsel.”

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Up and Coming

Hausfeld & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Partner and qualified solicitor advocate Anna Morfey is noted for her expertise in EU law and is also singled out by interviewees as “a rising star with huge potential, an incredible litigator.”

^ See whole ranking table