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Competition Litigation

Any person or firm affected by anti-competitive behaviour....may bring the matter before the courts of the Member States and seek damages, submitting elements of the published decision as evidence that the behaviour took place and was illegal. Even though the Commission has fined the companies concerned, damages may be awarded without these being reduced on account of the Commission fine.

(European Commission)


The European Commission estimates that the victims of competition infringements, such as illegal price fixing, market sharing and bid rigging, are currently forgoing up to €23.3 billion each year across the EU in compensation. The primary victims of competition infringements are businesses and as such our specialist Competition Litigation team, which spans the EU and US, focuses on and exclusively represents businesses with significant competition disputes and claims.

"They're very on top of it and tactically astute." (Chambers Europe 2015)

 
While the European Commission, the OFT and other regulators investigate and levy significant fines against infringers of competition laws, those fines are not in turn distributed to the business victims of the anti-competitive conduct in question. Rather, it is up to the victims themselves to take action to recover their losses. As a starting point, under EU law the infringement decisions of the European Commission are binding proof before the courts of EU Member States that the anti-competitive behaviour complained of took place and was illegal. Accordingly, any company affected by anti-competitive behaviour may bring the matter before the courts of the EU Member States and seek damages, which are often substantial.

Stewarts Law has extensive experience in conducting cartel litigation as well as negotiating private commercial settlements and is acting for a number of major FTSE 100 and 250 businesses in cases arising from both cartels and abuses of dominance as well as general competition law. As such, Stewarts Law is at the forefront of conducting proceedings for and developing commercial solutions on behalf of corporate victims of anti-competitive behaviour.

Our team is led by Jonathan Sinclair, who has been consistently recognised as an expert in the field of commercial litigation by Chambers and Legal 500 and has specialised in competition litigation since damages claims first began to develop in 1998. Scott Campbell also has extensive experience of competition litigation in the EU and has acted for several years in many of the leading cases in this practice area. Kate Pollock has rapidly acquired an excellent reputation in competition litigation and represents a number of corporate clients in cartel litigation. As such, our team offers a truly integrated approach to its clients' competition recovery strategies.

If you require immediate assistance please call a switchboard number above, alternatively email the Competition Litigation team providing a phone number and summary of your enquiry and we'll get back to you.


Industry Recognition
 

Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year Legal 500 2015Winner of Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2015

 
The leading independent legal directories, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers & Partners UK and Legal 500, have again ranked our Competition Litigation team as a leading department globally, in Europe and the UK.

Jonathan Sinclair is popular with clients, who call him "incredibly experienced and very methodical." He gains further praise for being "a calm litigator who can deal with complex and sensitive situations in a very quick and easy manner." (Chambers Global 2015)

 
"Key player in the market". Jonathan Sinclair is popular with clients, who call him "incredibly experienced and very methodical." He gains further praise for being "a calm litigator who can deal with complex and sensitive situations in a very quick and easy manner." (Chambers Europe 2015)

 
Scott Campbell
is an up-and-coming practitioner who gains recognition for his expertise from several market sources. His experience includes handling complex multi-jurisdictional claims involving both UK and EU competition law. (Chambers & Partners 2016)

 
The 'detailed, reliable and excellent' team at Stewarts Law LLP specialises in damages cases arising out of cartel infringements, representing claimants on an international basis.
Jonathan Sinclair leads the practice with 'great commercial acumen and a pragmatic approach', with 'confident litigator' Kate Pollock recommended. (Legal 500 2015)

 
See our Chambers Global 2015 entry See our Chambers Europe 2015 entry See our Chambers Leading Firm 2016 profile here Legal 500 Top Tier Firm 2016

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