Firm Profile > Hausfeld & Co LLP > London, England

Hausfeld & Co LLP
12 GOUGH SQUARE
LONDON
EC4A 3DW
England

Competition litigation Tier 1

Known for its ‘pioneering work’ in the claimant space, Hausfeld & Co LLP’s ‘amazing’ team has a successful track record negotiating settlements for its clients. With a stable foothold across Europe as well as the US, the firm has attracted praise due to its wide market reach in the sphere of private competition law enforcement. The team has continued to build on its strong market position, with multiple new instructions from clients in the transport, automotive and retail sectors. In one  transport-focused highlight, a team being led by Anna Morfey is handling a collective opt-out claim for £93m against rail companies at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Anthony Maton and Lesley Hannah led on representing claimants in long-running air cargo cartel proceedings in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, with Maton also demonstrating his ‘excellent leadership skills’ advising on the MasterCard interchange fees litigation. Scott Campbell heads the department, which continues to represent a group of truck purchasers in the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The team has experienced recent growth through the appointment of partner Lucy Pert and counsel Luke Streatfeild , who joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Allen & Overy LLP, respectively. Clients in the automotive sector turn to Laurent Geelhand for expert-level assistance. Wessen Jazrawi and Nicola Boyle are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Scott Campbell

Testimonials

‘Hausfeld has unique experience and expertise within the private enforcement area’

‘Hausfeld’s global footprint gives the London team a particular insight into worldwide cartel damages actions, which the team combines with hard-to-beat expertise ’

‘The team has unrivaled breadth of experience in handling competition damages cases on the claimant side’

‘The team’s contacts within the third-party funding industry are extremely useful’

‘The group has unique experience in large-scale, complex multi-jurisdictional litigation’

‘Anthony Maton remains the driving force and genius loci of the London office. He has an innovative, creative mind and is excellent at progressing strategies and securing positive outcomes for his clients’

‘Anna Morfey is an excellent tactician, who really understands which points to press during litigation proceedings’

‘Scott Campbell adopts a strong pragmatic approach to issues that arise within litigation’

‘Nicola Boyle is amazing and great at leading a team’

Key clients

Infederation

Air cargo cartel group litigants

Interchange fees group litigants

Trucks cartel group litigants

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Hausfeld & Co LLP  is 'one of the very best firms for taking on the banking giants', and it also covers defence work. The practice recently advised on disputes involving financing, derivatives, and banking misconduct. It has also acted in high-profile cases for corporate claimant groups in relation to securities and claims arising out of LIBOR and FX. Lianne Craig leads the commercial disputes and banking litigation team, of which London office managing partner Anthony MatonJohn McElroy and senior associate Simon Bishop are key members. David Lawne was made partner and Lucy Pert was hired from Harbour Litigation Funding.

Practice head(s):

Lianne Craig

Testimonials

Technically very able – they know their stuff. The lawyers also instil confidence in clients, are very professional, and a pleasure to work with.

Clients love Lianne Craig’s brilliant and often-inspiring style. She fights hard for her clients, but she does so with diplomacy and judgement, such that she manages the rare feat in litigation of engendering excellent relationships with those on the other side of the table – this undoubtedly means she gets a better result for her client.

Lucy Pert has quite superb experience and judgement.

Key clients

Liquidator of Ventra Investments

Liquidator of Premier Motor Auctions and Premier Motor Auctions Leeds

Deutsche Bahn

ASOS

AE Europe

Hertz Europe

Commercial litigation Tier 5

Hausfeld & Co LLP has been investing in its London practice adding  two lateral hires, with Lucy Pert and Michael Bywell joining from Harbour Litigation Funding and Arnold & Porter, respectively. The team, which is 'very user-friendly and accustomed to risk in a way many firms are not', stands out for high-profile disputes on behalf of claimants, and is experienced in disputes involving competition law, arbitration, fraud and insolvency. It has also experienced growth in TMT litigation. Lianne Craig leads the commercial disputes team and Anthony Maton is London managing partner; John McElroy  is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Lianne Craig

Testimonials

A responsive and highly intelligent team that is not afraid to take on cases that are large or complex‘.

Lianne Craig is very good, clever, commercial and user-friendly’.

Antony Maton is a great tactician with excellent client skills‘.

John McElroy is knowledgeable, commercial and very easy to work with‘.

Lucy Pert is a very capable litigator‘.

Key clients

Menzies

Avaaz Foundation

Quantuma

Hausfeld & Co LLP

The firm: Hausfeld is a leading disputes-only specialist law firm with offices on both sides of the Atlantic. It pioneered competition damages actions in Europe and is recognised as innovators in the legal market. Its team comprises highly experienced commercial litigators with a proven track record in competition, commercial — including financial services, shareholder claims, technology and insolvency — and human rights and environment litigation.

As market leaders, the firm regularly act for a number of the world’s largest organisations. Its ability to offer flexible engagement structures and willingness to share risk, enables clients to pursue claims with a level of cost risk best suited to their circumstances. The firm’s conflict-free platform means that it can take instructions where many other firms cannot. It has considerable expertise in doing so for high profile and high value disputes and its opponents are typically Magic/Silver Circle and top US firms. With 12 offices across Europe and the US, Hausfeld can litigate in jurisdictions that suit its clients best.

Types of work undertaken:

Competition litigation: Hausfeld is widely recognised as the market-leading claimant practice for European cartel damages claims. The dedicated competition damages actions team — the largest in Europe — has been involved in more recoveries than any other firm. It is one of the few claimant firms with substantive experience in taking cartel damage claims to trial. It has the strongest antitrust automotive practice in Europe and offers in-depth expertise on the cross-over of IP and antitrust, having taken on some of the largest tech companies in the world. The team won the ‘Innovation in Legal Expertise – Dispute Resolution’ award at the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards 2018 for its work on  the Trucks cartel and was nominated as ‘Competition Team of the Year’ for their work on the Bearings cartel by Legal Business Awards 2019.

Commercial litigation: The respected commercial litigation team has an excellent track record in litigating complex, high value disputes, often with an international or multi-jurisdictional angle. The team has challenged some of the best known financial institutions worldwide and regularly receives referral work from some of the most recognised names in the legal world when they are conflicted. For example, in recent years it has been instructed on a number of the highest profile banking litigation cases arising out of LIBOR manipulation and interest rate swap mis-selling.

Human rights/consumer/environmental litigation: ‘Righting a wrong’ lies at the heart of Hausfeld’s ethos. One strand of its work focuses on wrongdoing in public, human rights and environmental law. The team litigates and advises individuals and groups globally, who have suffered human rights and/or environmental harms. The firm also work extensively on climate justice. The team was shortlisted for The Law Society Legal Excellence Awards 2019 in the ‘Access to Justice’ category for its work on Free Periods.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Anthony Maton
Antitrust/Competition Disputes Scott Campbell
Commercial & Financial Services Disputes Lianne Craig
Human Rights, Consumer & Environmental Law Ingrid Gubbay
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicola Boyle  photo Nicola Boyle
 Andrew Bullion  photo Andrew Bullion
 Michael Bywell  photo Michael Bywell
 Scott Campbell  photo Scott Campbell
 Lianne Craig  photo Lianne Craig
 Anthony Maton  photo Anthony Maton
 John McElroy  photo John McElroy
 Anna Morfey  photo Anna Morfey
 Lucy Pert  photo Lucy Pert
Number of UK partners : 14
Number of other UK fee-earners : 54
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