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One Essex Court

Competition Law

3 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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One Essex Court brings its members' formidable expertise in commercial litigation to bear on the largest competition litigation in the English courts. The barristers represent defendants and claimants in follow-on damages cases, regulatory challenges and distribution disputes. The set is active before courts and tribunals at all levels, from the CAT to the Supreme Court. Members have taken key roles in major cases such as the interchange litigation, and competition law claims arising from the LIBOR rigging scandal.

Client service:

The clerking team, led by Darren Burrows, is roundly praised by the set's instructing solicitors. They reveal: "Adam Wheeler makes sure that the clients know the full range of barristers that they can work with. He is one of the most responsive and proactive clerks in the market." "The clerks are always very responsive, good to deal with and friendly." "Jackie Gintie and Adam Wheeler make up a very strong and very responsive team."

Strengths:

Derek Spitz
Derek Spitz advises claimants and defendants on private actions for competition law damages, particularly those arising from cartels. Spitz also assists clients with abuse of dominance cases. Spitz has recently acted on the claimant side of several high-value cartel damages cases against trucks manufacturers and financial services companies.
"He is a very detail-oriented barrister, and understands the history of the cases and the implication of any possible strategic issues."
Recent work: Acted as senior junior counsel to Sainsbury's in its litigation with Visa and Mastercard regarding interchange fees, including in the Supreme Court appeals.

Strengths:

Matthew Cook QC
Matthew Cook QC is well known for his work defending key financial services clients in high-value commercial damages actions. He has experience of opposing collective proceedings order applications to the CAT and defending follow-on cases that are appealed up to the Supreme Court.
"A real details man, in the best possible sense. He had the best understanding of the facts of anyone in the case; he has hugely impressive recall and comes up with some good points."
Recent work: Acted for Mastercard in the Supreme Court appeal following damages claims brought by Sainsbury's and other retailers, concerning the setting of interchange fees.

Strengths:

Owain Draper
Owain Draper has a wide-ranging competition law practice that spans standalone or follow-on litigation, the appeal of telecoms regulatory decisions and advice on merger control investigations.
"Excellent at highlighting and identifying the key points in the case."
Recent work: Defended Deutsche Bank in the claim brought by the FDIC as Receiver, concerning alleged anti-competitive behaviour and manipulation of LIBOR.

Competition Law

One Essex Court

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One Essex Court

Temple

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Greater London

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EC4Y 9AR

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Competition Law


Matthew Cook QC
New Silks

Juniors

London (Bar)

Competition Law


Derek Spitz
Band 2
Owain Draper
Band 3