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Competition disputes

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Across the world, competition disputes have increased significantly in recent years. In Australia and Canada, class actions in respect of competition law infringements are well established. In Europe, record breaking fines imposed by the European Commission and national competition authorities are one reason for the surge in appeals against infringement decisions, while ‘follow on’ claims for damages and stand-alone competition actions have been actively encouraged by the competition authorities.

“Experienced working with clients within highly regulated industries such as transport, financial services and telecommunications. Houses a strong competition litigation team in addition to its corporate crime practice.” Chambers UK, 2016

Your business needs a global legal team that can unite competition experience with robust and commercially-focused litigation skills. Our track record of advising on complex, high-value and sensitive competition cases is extensive, having worked for a number of prominent clients across our key industry sectors: financial services; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

Our London competition disputes team works closely with the global group to regularly appear before the Courts in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Africa, as well as in the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London, the European Courts in Luxembourg, the Competition Tribunal in Canada and in international arbitration. You will benefit from our close co-operation with economists and other legal counsel.

At all times, our aim is to enable you to achieve your strategic commercial goals. We adopt a proactive approach to ensure that the right tactics are deployed to their best advantage throughout your dispute. And we are particularly well placed to offer a joined-up approach to any competition dispute wherever it takes place across the world.

Our recent work

  • Representing Ranbaxy (UK) Limited in high-profile civil and criminal cartel proceedings in the UK.
  • Representing Visa Europe Limited and Visa International Inc in an appeal against the European Commission’s decision to fine Visa for excluding an institution from the scheme.
  • Representing RWE AG and RWE Dea AG in a follow-on action from the decision of the European Commission which found that there was a cartel operating in the candle wax market in Europe between 1992 and 2005.
  • Representing Schneider Electric SA in defending follow-on litigation from the Gas Insulated Switchgear cartel case in the UK High Court.
  • Representing HSBC Bank plc in on-going investigations by the European Commission and Office of Fair Trading into interchange fees charged in relation to debit and credit cards.