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Nicholas Heaton

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Nicholas leads the 'excellent, top-notch' competition litigation practice in London. His extensive experience litigating before the High Court and the Competition Appeals Tribunal enables him to represent clients in a wide range of industries, from financial and industrial to transport and technology.

Nicholas is a commercial litigator and a recognized leader in the fields of Antitrust and Competition Litigation, Pensions litigation and Professional liability litigation. His depth of experience gives Nicholas a true understanding of client's issues.

London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Within: Competition litigation

Hogan Lovells International LLP is noted for the 'sophisticated approach' it provides to defendants in early regulatory investigations and damages actions. The team is led by 'leading light' Nicholas Heaton, who has 'earned a reputation as an undoubted leader in the field' on the basis of his significant experience. He is currently co-ordinating the multi-jurisdictional defence for Air Canada in the £5bn damages claims in the air cargo cartel case and defending Safran in a high-value claim arising from the power cable cartel. Ruth Grant and 'intellectually tough' counsel Paul Chaplin  continues to represent British American Tobacco in a longstanding series of damages claims brought by two Georgian tobacco producers, Tbilisi Tobacco and Omega Tobacco. Christopher Hutton is recommended for his expertise in matters arising out of the financial services sector.

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London: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Clients 'unreservedly recommend' the 'excellent' team at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which is 'first-class across the board' and is 'top notch in terms of content, performance level and responsiveness'. The non-contentious team is 'truly unmatched' with key names including group head Katie Banks, who is 'clearly a leading light in the pensions world'; longevity hedge and investigations expert Edward Brown, and the 'incredibly pragmatic and client-friendly' Duncan Buchanan. The practice recently assisted the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) with the restructuring of Tata Steel Pension Scheme and advised Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Widows on the acquisition of Zurich's UK workplace pensions and savings business. Angela Dimsdale Gill is the key name for litigation mandates; she recently represented the trustees of the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan and the Board of the PPF in pension deficit recovery litigation and acted for ITV in the high-profile Box Clever pension scheme regulatory proceedings. Nicholas Heaton, Matthew Bullen and senior associate Nathan Sherlock are also names to note.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Nicholas Heaton - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Within: Professional negligence

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†is a ‚Äėhigh-class outfit‚Äô, which provides ‚Äėclient-friendly, commercially minded, legally sound advice and fights tenaciously for its clients‚Äô. It acts for and against a range of professionals, with particular expertise in claims against solicitors, actuaries, other pension professionals, property professionals, insurance brokers and accountants. The team is acting for Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation in its Solicitors Act cost assessment proceedings against Dechert LLP¬†in relation to ¬£11m of fees incurred. Willis Group Holdings is also a key client. Department head Nicholas Heaton¬†has a ‚Äėgreat eye for detail and is very pragmatic‚Äô; he specialises in substantial claims against lawyers, professionals involved in pensions schemes, and accountants. The ‚Äėindomitable‚Äô Angela Dimsdale Gill¬†has a ‚Äėwealth of experience, tactical nous and detailed legal knowledge‚Äô and stands out for her expertise in pensions-related disputes. Ruth Grant¬†handles disputes for a variety of commercial clients and is noted for cross-border mandates. Senior associate Nathan Sherlock¬†is a ‚Äėvery bright associate with a maturity and performance in advance of his years‚Äô.

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  • Hong Kong Enacts Competition Law

    After years of debate, on 14 June 2012 and in its last days of office, the Legislative Council finally enacted Hong Kong’s first cross- sector competition law.
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