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Sarah Houghton

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Dispute Resolution - Competition Law


Sarah is a Partner in the Firm's Dispute Resolution Department. She specialises in UK & EU Competition Law.

Sarah has particular experience acting for both claimants and defendants in complex, high profile cases involving competition law based claims or defences.  She is a Recommended Individual for Competition Litigation in the Legal 500 2017. 
Sarah has represented clients in leading competition damages claims in the English courts. She advises on both strategic and legal issues associated with litigation, such as choice of forum and reputational issues.

Sarah represented Sainsbury's in its successful claim against MasterCard in which Sainsbury's recovered c. £70 million, the highest damages ever recovered in a European competition damages claim. Sarah currently represents John Lewis Plc, Esso Petroleum, Lakeland and others in similar claims.  

Sarah represents Microsoft in its cartel damages claims against Sony, Panasonic, LG Chem, Sanyo and Samsung in the High Court.  Sarah has also acted as a strategic adviser to a major global technology company with a number of competition damages claims and potential claims.

Sarah also assists businesses that find themselves under investigation by Competition Regulators and businesses that are concerned about the way their affairs may have been conducted - attending Dawn Raids, advising on defence strategies, assisting with responses to information requests, applying for leniency from fines (where appropriate), assessing potential civil liabilities, and making submissions.

Sarah regularly undertakes competition law audits, and provides training and compliance materials tailored to the particular needs of businesses, including how to deal with dawn raids.  She also advises on the competition law aspects of transactions and commercial agreements, including ways to structure agreements and alter commercial behaviour in order to minimise competition law risks. Her advice regularly considers the interplay between competition law and other legal standards, particularly intellectual property rights.


Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Associate, DLA Piper UK LLP; Solicitor, Bell Gully


Kings College London (MA, EC Competition Law; University of Auckland, New Zealand (LLB (Hons), B.Com (Economics))

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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