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Competition Disputes and Investigations

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Our competition litigation practice is highly regarded.  We act in competition investigations and represent claimants and defendants before national and EU courts. 

We have advised on all aspects of national high court litigation from pre-action issues including: dealing with interim and final injunctive relief applications, advising on substantive competition law claims, including claims for damages (both follow on and standalone), and dealing with costs issues including those involving third party funders and insurers.  We often work closely with our highly regarded dispute resolution practice on competition aspects of their matters. 

We have particular expertise in:

  • Competition issues in IP litigation: (e.g. acting for Samsung against Apple, Ericsson and Unwired Planet – for more see Competition and IP);
  • Standalone and follow-on competition litigation: both in relation to abuse of dominance and anti-competitive agreements (e.g. successfully representing Google in the UK High Court against Streetmap; acting for Google in its UK cases against Foundem and Kelkoo; and acting for Les Laboratoires Servier in its defence of a damages claim brought by the Secretary of State for Health);
  • EU competition investigations (e.g. acting for publishing / media, pharmaceutical and consumer electronics clients in EU investigations including at appellate level);  
  • Other UK competition investigations (e.g. acting for pharmaceutical companies in CMA investigations and for a multinational conglomerate in an investigation by the Groceries Code Adjudicator).  

We are experienced in managing and co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional investigations and litigation and have worked collaboratively with other external advisors in several of the larger disputes in which we have been involved. 

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