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UK London (Firms) Competition Law: Litigation

This table includes lawyers who specialise in contentious competition matters, including claims in the CAT and Court of Appeal. These lawyers spend the majority of their time defending clients in investigations before the competition authorities or in damages actions, or representing clients in appeals against CMA decisions and fines.

Please note that there is a separate table for Private Enforcement: Claimant, as well as one for leading firms and lawyers in The Regions.

Please note that criminal cartel defence is considered under Financial Crime and public procurement work is considered under Public Procurement.

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Eminent Practitioners
  1. Peter Scott
    Norton Rose Fulbright | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Eminent Practitioners
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Band 1
  1. Mark Sansom
    1
    Mark Sansom
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 1 | 11 Years Ranked
    Mark Sansom stands out for his representation of defendants in high-profile follow-on damages claims, including acting on some of the most significant class actions currently before the CAT. He leads Freshfields' competition litigation team and is joint head of the firm's Global Antitrust Litigation group.
  2. Thomas Cassels
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    Thomas Cassels
    Linklaters
    Linklaters | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 1 | 21 Years Ranked
    Thomas Cassels is well regarded for defending clients in competition damages claims, including acting on high-profile collective action proceedings. He also represents clients in challenges to CMA decisions and applications to strike out damages claims. He acts as the head of the firm's competition litigation practice.
  3. Kim Dietzel
    Herbert Smith Freehills | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 1
  4. Stephen Wisking
    Herbert Smith Freehills | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. Bea Tormey
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    Bea Tormey
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Bea Tormey has notable experience defending clients in private damages actions arising from European Commission cartel investigations. She also assists clients with appeals against fines imposed for alleged breaches of competition law.
  2. Boris Bronfentrinker
    2
    Boris Bronfentrinker
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 2 | 10 Years Ranked
    Boris Bronfentrinker has notable experience acting for both defendants and plaintiffs on collective proceedings. He is active in matters involving the technology, financial services and transport sectors. He is the European head of Willkie Farr & Gallagher's competition and antitrust litigation practice.
  3. Cameron Firth
    2
    Cameron Firth
    Macfarlanes LLP
    Macfarlanes LLP | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 2 | 14 Years Ranked
    Cameron Firth offers notable activity in competition litigation, including defending clients in high-profile follow-on damages cases and advising on challenges to CMA decisions before the CAT. He is particularly popular with clients from the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors. He also assists clients with merger clearance and competition compliance matters.
  4. Camilla Sanger
    2
    Camilla Sanger
    Slaughter and May | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Camilla Sanger moves up in the rankings on the back of her impressive work defending clients in high-profile cartel follow-on damages cases, including representing them in class action proceedings. She also has experience acting for claimants.
  5. 2
    Caroline Edwards
    Travers Smith LLP
    Travers Smith LLP | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 2 | 12 Years Ranked
    Caroline Edwards has a strong focus on contentious matters involving competition law angles, acting for defendants on follow-on damages cases.
  6. Nicholas Cotter
    2
    Nicholas Cotter
    Jones Day
    Jones Day | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 2 | 10 Years Ranked
    Nicholas Cotter is particularly known for his experience in litigation matters. He has notable experience defending clients in high-profile follow-on damages cases, particularly in the financial services sector.
  7. Nicholas Frey
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    Nicholas Frey
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    Nicholas Frey defends clients in private damages actions following decisions in investigations into possible abuses of dominance or cartel involvement. He has notable experience in high-profile class action proceedings, as well as assisting clients with appeals against fines. He counts transport and financial services companies amongst his clients.
  8. 2
    Nicholas Heaton
    Hogan Lovells
    Hogan Lovells | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Nicholas Heaton often defends clients in follow-on damages claims and class actions. He also has experience acting for plaintiffs on disputes around subsidies.
  9. Sophie Lawrance
    2
    Sophie Lawrance
    Bristows LLP
    Bristows LLP | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    Sophie Lawrance defends high-profile clients in allegations of abuse of dominance. She also has experience acting for interested third parties on appeals against authority decisions. She has a number of clients from the technology and pharmaceutical sectors.
  10. Mark Simpson
    Norton Rose Fulbright | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Charles Balmain
    3
    Charles Balmain
    White & Case LLP
    White & Case LLP | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    Charles Balmain often defends clients in follow-on damages actions arising from European Commission cartel investigations. He also represents clients before the CAT in relation to alleged information exchange and acts for defendants in collective proceedings.
  2. 3
    Christopher Hutton
    Hogan Lovells
    Hogan Lovells | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 3 | 2 Years Ranked
    Christopher Hutton represents clients in litigation concerning potential abuses of dominance or cartel involvement, as well as in subsequent damages claims. He frequently acts for clients from the financial sector.
  3. 3
    Edward Coulson
    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Edward Coulson enters the rankings this year on the back of his work defending clients in damages actions before the UK High Court. He has particular experience on the defence side of stand-alone actions. Coulson also acts on behalf of plaintiffs.
  4. Elaine Whiteford
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    Elaine Whiteford
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Elaine Whiteford has experience acting for both claimants and defendants on proposed collective actions for damages based on allegations of abuse of dominance or cartel involvement.
  5. Elizabeth Jordan
    3
    Elizabeth Jordan
    Slaughter and May | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Elizabeth Jordan assists both claimants and defendants with competition litigation cases, including acting on collective actions.
  6. 3
    Euan Burrows
    Ashurst
    Ashurst | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    Euan Burrows has a wide-ranging competition law practice that covers advising clients on subsidy control matters and market inquiries. In addition, he acts for claimants on cartel follow-on damages litigation and defends clients in investigations into possible cartel involvement. He is the global co-head of the competition team.
  7. Julian Stait
    3
    Julian Stait
    Milbank LLP
    Milbank LLP | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 3 | 18 Years Ranked
    "He's got a huge bank of experience which he brings up on all litigation. He approaches problems from all angles and cares deeply that the client's position is put forward in good regard."
  8. Kate Vernon
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Band 3
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Up and Coming
  1. Paul Stuart
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    Paul Stuart
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    Paul Stuart climbs in the rankings on the back of his recent experience defending high-profile clients in prominent follow-on damages claims and class actions. He often appears before the CAT, but has further experience representing clients in appeals before the CJEU and GCEU.
  2. Sarina Williams
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    Sarina Williams
    Linklaters
    Linklaters | Competition Law: Litigation
    2024 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    Sarina Williams enters the rankings this year on the back of impressive work defending clients in high-profile class actions before the CAT. She often acts on damages claims arising from investigations into possible abuses of dominance.