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Experts in complex competition litigation across multiple jurisdictions

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Competition disputes are now firmly part of the antitrust landscape, with private enforcement of competition law – both multimillion follow-on cartel damages claims and standalone litigation – having risen massively in recent years.

Furthermore, the growth in collective redress and other group litigation mechanisms, through the introduction of an "opt-out" class action regime in the UK in October 2015, is increasingly gaining momentum.

We are at the forefront of these developments and ideally placed to deal with the substantive, procedural and tactical challenges in this rapidly evolving area. We help clients set strategy, manage risks and conduct disputes, working with them to achieve successful resolutions, whether in court or by settlement.

Appeals of antitrust, merger and economic regulatory decisions are also increasingly common, given the high stakes involved. We guide clients across multiple jurisdictions through the decision whether to launch an appeal, and conduct complex and often highly technical challenges to the decisions of competition and economic regulators, both on behalf of addressees and third parties.  We have a significant track record of delivering excellent results for clients in such business critical disputes.

We are consistently instructed on the largest, most high profile competition litigation cases. Our cross-practice team is integrated within our Competition, Regulation and Trade team and the wider Dispute Resolution team, providing clients with a seamless service taking a cartel case, for example, from leniency application to dawn raid to appeal to damages action, and managing the interplay between public and private enforcement.

The practice is supported by our innovative and cost-effective Belfast-based document review and management function, with advanced facilities for reviewing and analysing the large volumes of documents found in major contentious cases. This means we offer an additional edge in competition litigation, particularly where relevant cases progress towards the disclosure stage

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Recent Experience

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO

On appeals before the EU courts stemming from the European Commission's decision in the Power Cables cartel case

PILKINGTON

On its defence of follow-on damages claims in the UK and Germany stemming from the European Commission's car glass and flat glass cartel decisions, as well as on related EU litigation

RECKITT BENCKISER

On multiple follow-on and stand-alone private damages actions stemming from the (then) UK OFT's decision, in which it found that Reckitt Benckiser abused its dominant position in relation to the supply of Gaviscon

THE SOUTH AFRICAN INDUSTRY BODY REPRESENTING COURIERS

In multiple litigation matters concerning the claimed monopoly right by the national postal utility over letters and small parcels

DIA AND EROSKI

On an appeal brought by two trade associations before the Spanish National Court challenging the CMNC's decision to close their investigation regarding the cooperation agreement entered into between the two retailers for the joint negotiation of commercial conditions with large suppliers

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Accolades

Tier 2 for Competition Litigation

The Legal 500 UK, 2022
This team is the 'Rolls Royce' of competition litigation teams. Combine first-rate minds/competition experts with experienced litigators.
The Legal 500 UK 2022, Competition Litigation
An interviewee praises the team's "very experienced litigators," who stand out for "knowing how to prepare a competition case specifically."
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, Australia: Competition/Antitrust
Highly knowledgeable partners who understand the law and are great at determining the litigation strategy; the team is also strong at associate level.
The Legal 500 UK 2020, Competition Litigation
A client praises the team for its "combination of competition law knowledge and skills at devising strategies for litigation," adding: "They know how to manage things when you get into hot water."
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019, Australia: Competition/Antitrust

Insights and updates

31st May 2022
Our competition team has recently published an article in Practical Law on competition law and...
30th June 2022
We are pleased to announce the launch of the sixth edition of Herbert Smith Freehills’...
7th December 2021
Our Financial Services Regulatory (FSR) team surveys the regulatory landscape for 2022 and identifies themes...

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