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Rob Murray

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Dispute Resolution - Competition Law


Rob is a partner in the firm's Dispute Resolution department. He specialises in competition law damages claims.

Rob has represented clients in leading competition damages claims in the English High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). He is ranked as a Leading Individual for Competition Litigation in Legal 500 2015 and Chambers & Partners 2016. He currently represents Sainsbury's in a competition damages claim in the English High Court in relation to the overpayment of interchange fees for acceptance of MasterCard payment cards. Rob also represents Microsoft in its cartel damages claims against Sony, Panasonic, LG Chem, Sanyo and Samsung SDI in the High Court. He has been involved in the achievement of international settlements worth more than $250 million, including in relation to the BA/Virgin international air passenger fuel surcharges cartel, industrial copper tubing and DRAM cartels. Rob is currently advising clients in relation to claims in the retail, transport and energy sectors.

Rob has considerable experience in helping clients transfer the financial and commercial risks of damages actions, often against key on-going suppliers/commercial partners. This includes acting on the basis of a success fee or contingency fee, often combined with extensive third party "After the Event" (ATE) insurance, against "loser pays" and disbursement costs, and/or third party litigation funding arrangements.

Rob has also advised businesses in making complaints to national competition regulators and DGComp of the European Commission. He also has extensive experience of defending businesses that have been subject to "dawn raids" and other investigations in relation to alleged cartel activities and abuses of market power.

In relation to commercial agreements and transactions, Rob has advised parties to EU and UK mergers and, as a Reporting Panel Member of the UK Competition Commission, investigated and ruled on several Second Phase UK mergers such as British Salt, Heinz/HP and Svitzer/Adsteam. He has advised on a wide range of commercial contracts.

Rob is a Council Member of the European Maritime Law Organisation and a member of the Steering Committee of the European Competition Litigation Forum. He is also a former Reporting Panel member of the UK Competition Commission.


Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Partner, Head of European Antitrust Recovery Practice, Crowell & Mooring (London Office); Managing Partner, Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld and Toll (London Office); Competition Commission Reporting Panel Member; Partner, Head of UK Competition Law, DLA; Director, K Legal; Partner, Bond Pearce; Articled to senior associate, Clifford Chance, (London and Brussels offices)


Council Member of the European Maritime Law Organisation; Steering Committee of the European Competition Litigation Forum


Magna Cum Laude, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels (LLM in International and Comparative Law); University of Oxford (BA in Jurisprudence)

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Mishcon de Reya LLP 's competition law team is headed by Rob Murray , who represented Gina Miller in her judicial review claim against the government in respect of the procedural steps necessary to trigger Article 50, the mechanism for UK to leave the EU. The practice has also received a number of significant instructions arising from the food retail sector, with Sarah Houghton advising one significant supermarket on a potential complaint to the CMA regarding the use of restrictive covenants over land by a competitor and Andrij Jurkiw representing a client on the CMA’s investigation into alleged anti-competitive conduct relating to the sale of single wrapped impulse ice cream.

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London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

Mishcon de Reya LLP has established 'a stellar reputation' in the competition litigation space, principally for acting in high value damages claims. The group is led by the 'creative and strategically excellent' Rob Murray, who is currently representing Microsoft in its cartel damages claim against Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Sanyo and LG Chem arising from a global battery cartel. He also represented Sainsbury's against MasterCard in its claim before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, recovering £70m in damages for the client in relation to interchange fees. In another interchange case, 'strong and effective' litigator Sarah Houghton (noted for her 'strong management skills') is instructed by John Lewis on separate High Court claims against MasterCard and Visa. Andrij Jurkiw is acting for Argos in its High Court follow-on claim against Samsung and LG Display pertaining to a global cartel affecting LCD panels. Managing associate Natasha Pearman is recommended for her expertise in complex competition issues relating to IP.

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