Mishcon de Reya LLP

Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Established presence in contentious competition work with experience handling significant cartel damages claims. Attracts particular attention for work on behalf of major retailers seeking to benefit from EC decisions on interchange fees. Also assists litigation funders with the identification of potential claims and claimant groups.

Strengths Sources note that the lawyers "make things very clear for the client and are able to tell them what is going to happen where and when," adding: "They always provide a checklist of things to be done and are super efficient at getting things moving forward."

Interviewees further highlight the benefits of working with the firm's large team, saying: "The partners run the practice and are totally attentive to their clients, but there is an umbrella of security of having a larger practice around them that makes for a more comfortable relationship."

Work highlights Acted for Microsoft on claims against participants in the rechargeable batteries cartel. The claimant's dispute with Sony was held to be caught by an arbitration clause in commercial contracts between the two parties.

Notable practitioners

Rob Murray is best known for his advice to retailers on follow-on claims against financial services companies. He has a strong caseload of claimant-side instructions relating to various high-profile cartel decisions.

Interviewees highlight Sarah Houghton for her experience in private enforcement actions against cartelists. Her broader competition law practice includes the defence of companies in CMA or EC behavioural investigations.