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Group litigation – how technology can solve complexity

20 July 2021, 4.00pm BST

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Group litigation – how technology can solve complexity


Group litigation and class actions are predicted to be a huge dispute resolution growth area over the next decade, due to a string of claimant-friendly judgments in the UK over the last year. Overall, the contentious landscape is looking very fertile with a similarly predicted rise in fraud claims, the growth of so-called ‘climate change litigation’ and of course a potential slew of disputes stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

This of course increases the risk of expensive settlements for companies, and as the global outlook remains dynamic, it is increasingly difficult for companies to assess the legal risk they are facing. It is therefore important for businesses to gain greater familiarity with the different approaches to and drivers of group action. And there are complexities for private practice counsel too – how can technology assist with getting a claim together? What about defending a claim?

The 75-minute panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session, will see an expert panel of senior lawyers and non-ministerial government department leaders reflect on these new challenges.


Boris Bronfentrinker

Partner, head of the EU and competition litigation practice, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP Boris Bronfentrinker is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s London office, and co-head of the competition litigation practice in the UK. Boris is a solicitor advocate practicing in complex commercial litigation, with particular expertise in competition law. He has represented clients, both as claimants and defendants, in leading and high- profile cases in both the English High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal, as well as co-ordinating competition litigation claims in  other jurisdictions globally.  Boris is experienced in not only litigating cases to judgment but also resolving claims through alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation.

James Oldnall

Managing partner, Millberg London James Oldnall is a commercial litigator specialising in claims against large institutional defendants. He has an in-depth understanding of disputes involving financial markets and products, private equity, hedge funds, data protection, shareholder and companies’ issues, fraud, and mis-selling.  James forged his career at London’s leading litigation houses—Freshfields, Clyde & Co, and Mishcon de Reya—before establishing Milberg’s London office. He has worked on many of the UK’s highest profile and industry-recognised commercial disputes, frequently appearing in national and international press.  As managing partner of Milberg London he is presently overseeing three group actions (under CPR 19.10) and two representative actions (under CPR 19.6).

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