Hausfeld LLP

Competition/European Law Department

UK
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What the team is known for Leading player in competition damages claims that are founded on EC decisions on price-fixing cartels or abuse of dominance. Handles cases that combine follow-on claims with additional standalone elements relating to the duration and scope of suspected cartel activities. Often brings together large claimant groups in order to pursue claims in the UK or other key jurisdictions. Has notable experience working with litigation funders on high-value cases.

Strengths"Their sweet spot is collective actions. If you are bringing those kinds of cases they are going to be big-ticket and the defendants will be well represented, so you need to have high-quality representation," states one interviewee, going on to note: "The firm is able to draw on its US experience where it is an obvious market leader, and I think it has helped shape the market here to a certain extent."

"They are able to perform an invaluable role in terms of pulling teams of economists together and having discussions with funders; they certainly have the network to handle these cases," reports another source.

Work highlights Acted for three large claimant groups seeking to recover losses incurred as a result of the air cargo cartel. The firm assisted with UK court proceedings and with negotiations for the eventual settlement of the claims.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees say that Anna Morfey "brings to bear her experience of having worked on the other side of the table, so she knows what to expect from the other side." "She is really smart, on the ball and an aggressive litigator. She knows where the right pressure points are based on her experience on the defendant side," states another source. Morfey has considerable UK follow-on damages experience.

Anthony Maton is often credited with driving the success of the firm's UK competition litigation practice. "He is a really clever business lawyer who knows how to turn a problem into a solvable lawsuit," says one market commentator, while another source notes Maton's "strategic understanding of these cases."

Nicola Boyle handles UK follow-on damages cases for large claimant groups. She has a wider practice that extends to the defence of complainants' interests in CJEU appeals against EC decisions.

Scott Campbell advises groups of claimant companies on follow-on damages proceedings filed in the UK. He also plays a key role in commercial claims brought in other EU jurisdictions. He is well known among market commentators as a skilled litigator.