Competition and EU

christopher bellamy

Former Linklaters veteran takes on vacant MoJ role

The former head of Linklaters’ competition practice, Christopher Bellamy, has been named by the UK Government as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice. Bellamy left Linklaters at the end of 2020 and returned to Monckton Chambers as a door tenant. He worked at Monckton between 1970 and 1992, appointed as […]

Paying costs: What the Supreme Court’s latest ruling means for the SRA

On 25 May 2022, the Supreme Court gave judgment in two related appeals, Competition and Markets Authority v Flynn Pharma and Competition and Markets Authority v Pfizer, which concerned a challenge to the general presumption that no order for costs should be made against a regulator following an unsuccessful prosecution. The case was potentially of […]

Apple

Claim against Gibson Dunn client Apple given go-ahead

The latest collective action has been given the thumbs up by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) to proceed against Apple in a £1.5bn claim. The CAT confirmed that British academic Rachael Kent can bring the action against the tech giant on behalf of millions of UK iPhone and iPad users over alleged overcharging for App […]

Gherkin Kirkland

Kirkland secures competition hire from A&O

An Allen & Overy partner is moving to Kirkland & Ellis, in what will be the second high-profile exit from its London competition group in little over a year. Alasdair Balfour is set to join Kirkland after nearly nine years at A&O. The magic circle firm hired him as a partner in 2013 from Fried […]

LG

“No justification at all”: Cleary fees slammed in LG/Samsung dispute

The Court of Appeal has cut LG’s costs award by nearly 25 per cent after it failed to explain why Cleary Gottlieb charged “more than double” guideline hourly rates. Korean tech giant LG sought to reclaim £72,818 in costs after it defeated attempts by Samsung, represented by Covington & Burling, to argue that a liability […]

Belgium Brussels competition

Linklaters partner exits in Brussels for Cooley

Cooley has added its third lateral to the firm’s global competition practice in two weeks, this time hiring a longstanding Linklaters partner. Jonas Koponen is moving to Cooley’s Brussels office after two decades at the magic circle firm. During his time at Linklaters, he served as its global head of competition between 2015 and 2019. […]

CMS competition partner exits for Cooley

CMS has lost one of its co-heads for competition and trade to international law firm Cooley. Caroline Hobson started her new role yesterday and has joined the firm’s antitrust and competition practice group. She advises on a wide range of EU and UK competition law, regulatory issues and foreign investment control in the UK. “Cooley […]

sugar

HSF loses sugar tax case despite QC’s ‘formidable’ efforts

Herbert Smith Freehills has lost a challenge over new UK Government import duties for sugar despite a Brick Court silk’s “formidable submissions”, in one of the first major trade cases following Brexit. The firm represented British Sugar in its appeal against an autonomous tariff quota (ATQ) for raw cane sugar introduced by the Secretary of […]

Annie Herdman, Ropes

Kirkland antitrust partner exits for Ropes

Kirkland & Ellis has lost another competition partner from its London office, the second so far to leave the US firm this year. Ropes & Gray has recruited Annie Herdman, who was made partner at Kirkland in 2019. Before joining, she trained and worked at Berwin Leighton Paisner between 2011 and 2014. Her practice sees […]

drugs

Peters & Peters and Sidley Austin battle it out in long-running pharma dispute

The High Court has ruled in favour of the NHS against French pharma giant Servier, in the latest bout of 11 years of prolonged litigation. The dispute concerns a pharmaceutical prescription-only drug, perindopril, used in the treatment of several conditions. First launched in 2011 against Servier, the case had three actions heard together on claims […]

Shipping container

CAT gives green light to £150m “car shipping” cartel claim

An £150m opt-out class action targeting car shipping cartels is the latest to be given the go-ahead by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). The CAT confirmed that a special purpose company led by Mark McLaren, formerly of The Consumers’ Association, will act as the class representative on behalf of millions of UK consumers and businesses […]

Mastercard

Revealed: Legal fees rise once more in Mastercard feud

Hourly rates have increased for the Willkie Farr & Gallagher team leading on Sir Walter Merricks’ £17bn competition claim against Mastercard, an updated funding agreement has shown. Recent cost estimates seen by The Lawyer show that lead partner Boris Bronfentrinker is now charging £825 per hour in the mammoth competition case, which has been running […]