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Hausfeld & Co LLP is 'the leading claimant firm for competition litigation', according to clients, with it having been at the forefront of innovation in the market for many years. It has acted for claimants in follow-on damages actions relating to all of the major cartel cases over the last decade. Scott Campbell leads the practice, which litigates in the CAT and High Court, as well as appellate courts up to the Supreme Court. In addition, the team is also experienced in work spanning several other European jurisdictions. Managing partner Anthony Maton, is described by one client as 'the single most influential lawyer in UK and European claimant antitrust litigation'; he has a long history of bringing ground-breaking claims, most recently in relation to the Trucks cartel. Other key practitioners include Nicola Boyle, who led on the Interchange fees litigation, and consumer rights expert Anna Morfey. Lesley Hannah is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘Hausfeld are the leading claimant side competition practice in the UK. They are at the top of their game, involved in some of the biggest and most influential cases in the UK in this area. Their stand out team have depth of knowledge and experience which, as a now large practice, sets them apart from others with an equivalent size/footprint.‘
‘Lesley Hannah: Experienced, calm, knowledgeable, strategic, innovative. Lesley has a determined yet approachable manner. As a client you know from the outset she is on your side and is going to fight your corner.‘
‘Hausfeld has a preeminent reputation in competition litigation from the claimant side. There are few (if any) firms representing claimants which can compare with the strength and depth of Hausfeld’s offering in terms of experience and expertise.‘
‘Hausfeld is an exceptional claimant firm that is a specialist in building competition, consumer and data claims – whether follow-on or standalone – including collective actions. Number of high calibre partners and experienced associates.’
‘Without a doubt, the leading claimant firm for competition litigation. They blazed the trail which others now follow.’
‘Anthony Maton heads the London firm. He is the single most influential lawyer in UK and European claimant antitrust litigation. He now has a number of very talented partners in the firm.’
Infederation Ltd (Foundem)
Trucks cartel group litigants
Spanish dairy farmers
Volvo Cars (RoRo)
The Consumers’ Association
- Advising numerous claimants in follow-on damages claims in relation to the trucks cartel.
- Advising Trains Collective on the first standalone opt-out collective claim on behalf of millions of rail passengers filed in the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the operators of the South Western and Southeastern rail franchises.
- Advising claimants on follow-on damages claim in the Competition Appeal Tribunal based on the FX cartel decision.
Hausfeld & Co LLP has an ‘international reputation for representing claimants in civil liberties and human rights claims across the globe - and in particular in cases which relate to the environment'. The firm is known for bringing competition damages actions, as well as its flexible approach to engagement structures and litigation funding possibilities. Counsel Ingrid Gubbay and Wessen Jazrawi combine strength in competition, human rights and environmental law with broad litigation experience. They co-lead the team with Sarah Moore, who joined from Leigh Day in 2020 and brings expertise in bringing litigation against UK registered corporate defendants and the UK Government on behalf of groups of claimants in the UK and overseas.
Ingrid Gubbay; Wessen Jazrawi; Sarah Moore
Other key lawyers:
David Lawne; Luke Grimes; Lianne Craig
‘Hausfeld has an international reputation for representing claimants in civil liberties and human rights claims across the globe – and in particular in cases which relate to the environment’.
‘Hausfeld has a large team of litigators with a tremendous depth of experience and expertise in this field. They are committed to claimant civil liberties and human rights work. They are proactive, flexible and use technology to ensure that they are well connected to their clients and Counsel. They are also flexible in terms of fees which is important for claimants in such claims’.
‘Ingrid Gubbay has enormous experience as a litigator in the UK and leads a strong team which includes Wessen Jazrawi, David Lawne and Luke Grimes. Wessen, David and Luke are all very valuable members of her team and I have been impressed by their empathy with our clients, their commitment to the cases we have brought and the fact that they have not only worked hard on those cases but also helped me work through the issues and legal arguments’.
‘Ingrid Gubbay’s knowledge of public law, civil liberties, human rights and environmental law coupled with her tactical awareness makes her a formidable litigator and one who you would always want on your side!’.
‘We have valued Hausfeld’s collaboration with us on an environmental matter. They have brought insight, enthusiasm and expertise to the role, have been a delight to work with and have really understood what is important to us and worked extremely hard to deliver results which met our drivers’.
‘Lianne Craig is exceptional – bright, insightful, hard-working and a delight to work with’.
16 child petitioners including Greta Thunberg
A group of villagers in Zambia
- Instructed by a growing group of former gymnasts, all of whom allege that coaches employed (or in relationships akin to employment) by British Gymnastics caused them to suffer physical and emotional abuse, including, in some cases sexually inappropriate behaviours and sexual abuse.
- Acting for Greta Thunberg and other teenage activists on a legal solution of taking the fight for global climate change action to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child – the first time ever for climate change.
Hausfeld & Co LLP's commercial disputes practice acts for claimants in 'complex contentious banking and investment matters with pragmatism and expertise'. The 'absolutely brilliant' Lianne Craig leads the team which includes managing partner Anthony Maton, John McElroy, 'brilliant partner' Lucy Pert and Ned Beale, who recently joined from Trowers & Hamlins LLP. With previous experience working in the financial services sector, senior associate Simon Bishop is 'a real asset to claimants when litigating against banks'.
‘Nimble and effective litigators with great expertise and a commitment to claimant work.‘
‘Lucy Pert is a brilliant partner: clever and with a feel for the right answer. Lianne Craig is a genius in devising clever approaches and without match.‘
‘Hausfeld’s banking and finance practice attracts some of the most interesting and high-profile banking disputes around, tending to work for claimants/borrowers against financial institutions. The firm has a similar ethos to some of the smaller litigation boutiques, but within the fully functioning infrastructure and resourcing of a larger firm, which means that they are able to easily keep pace with their Big Law opponents in substantial cases.‘
‘Lianne Craig is absolutely brilliant. She is an exceptional technical lawyer who has a real eye for detail, but she is also an outstanding litigation strategist who is able to manoeuvre tricky situations to achieve brilliant outcomes for her clients. She is also fantastic at managing a team and a case and has taken Hausfeld’s banking practice from strength to strength. In short, she is a real star.’
‘Simon Bishop is fantastically bright and remains the best Associate/Senior Associate that I have worked with. He has insider industry experience, having previously worked in banking, which is a real asset to claimants when litigating against banks. Simon is very hard-working, has an unparalleled eye for detail and really gets stuck into the substance of his cases, with a degree of enthusiasm and rigour that goes well above and beyond the norm. He is brilliant with clients and colleagues, clients and counsel all love working with him. Simon is also very business-minded and is brilliant at spotting legal trends and identifying emerging issues in litigation – a real thought leader. ‘
‘Probably the go-to firm acting on the investor/borrower side of the market: quite superb in this space.‘
‘John McElroy is clear and concise in his advice, takes charge of a matter and communicates well throughout. The relative merits of a client’s position are addressed honestly and sensitively.‘
‘The team handles complex contentious banking and investment matters with pragmatism and expertise. Industry knowledge coupled with commercial insights and understanding what the client wants. Cross-border matters are second nature to them. Their highly professional and responsive team are a pleasure to work with.‘
Evans, former Inquiry Chair at the Competition and Markets Authority (Re: Foreign Exchange)
Leeds City Council Greater Manchester Combined Authority North East Lincolnshire Council Newcastle City Council Oldham Council Nottingham City Council Sheffield City Council
Andrew Hosking of Quantuma LLP as liquidator of Ventra Investments Ltd
All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking
- Acting for claimants in a collective action against six global banks seeking damages in respect of unlawful practices in the FX market.
- Acting for seven local authorities in claims for the rescission of various lender option, borrower-option loans (LOBO Loans) agreed with Barclays between 2005 and 2008.
- Acted for Ventra Investments in a claim against Bank of Scotland alleging fraudulent misrepresentations relating to interest rate hedging products sold by the bank which allegedly led to the claimant’s business to fail and become insolvent.
Real estate > Environment Tier 4
The claimant-focused practice at Hausfeld & Co LLP stands out for its involvement in high-profile international matters and its broad approach to environmental issues, ranging from judicial review proceedings and tort-based litigation to international climate treaty body submissions. With a client base of NGOs and activist individuals, the team is particularly active in relation to climate change issues. Of counsel Ingrid Gubbay is an experienced litigator and handles environmental advocacy work while the ‘knowledgeable’ Wessen Jazrawi assists clients in air quality, carbon budget and Airports National Policy Statement cases. Sarah Moore joined the practice from Leigh Day in October 2020, contributing experience in mass tort litigation.
Ingrid Gubbay; Wessen Jazrawi; Sarah Moore
Other key lawyers:
Lianne Craig; David Lawne
‘Sarah Moore has huge experience in bringing big group litigation environmental law cases.’
‘Wessen Jazrawi is knowledgeable and a good litigator.’
‘Sarah Moore is highly engaged and committed.’
Good Law Project
UK Youth Climate Coalition
Students for Global Health
Mums for Lungs
16 young people including Greta Thunberg, Ridhima Pandey and Alexandria Villaseñor
Thousands of Mercedes Customers
- Filed an application for permission for judicial review of the UK government’s decision not to review its Clean Air Strategy in light of the emerging links between poor air quality and the incidence and severity of Covid-19.
- Acting for a significant number of claimants in a group action against Daimler/Mercedes Benz in the UK following the nitrogen oxide emissions scandal.
- Together with Earthjustice, filed a complaint about climate change with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on behalf of 16 young people from around the world, including teenage activist Greta Thunberg.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is highly driven to meet client aims. It may be linked to the fact that the firm often works on a contingency basis. However, I think it is more than that – the lawyers genuinely care about their clients and the approach is led by example by Anthony Maton. The lawyers in the team have a diverse range of backgrounds – most have been at other firms previously. This gives a beneficial mix of styles, approaches and insight into the approach of others.‘
‘Lianne Craig – A brilliant combination of commercial approach and client skills. John McElroy – A pleasure to work with. Excellent litigation strategy instincts. Willing to roll up his sleeves as part of the team. Anna Gilbert – Careful and thoughtful lawyer but knows how and when to be ‘punchy’.‘
‘Hausfeld’s commercial litigation practice has taken off in a big way over the last few years, led by the exceptionally impressive Lianne Craig. The firm attracts heavyweight commercial disputes and is frequently pitched against magic circle or American firms. They are uniquely skilled in taking a strategic approach to litigation and achieving brilliant results in seemingly tricky cases.’
‘Lianne Craig is a formidable lawyer and businessperson. She is brilliantly clever and is a real star of the commercial litigation sphere. Lianne is completely fearless and incredibly tough when it comes to fighting her client’s position, but she is also very down to earth and an absolute delight to work with. She is a fantastic strategist and is able to maneuver tricky situations to achieve brilliant outcomes for her clients.‘
‘Simon Bishop is fantastically bright . He has an unparalleled eye for detail and really gets stuck into the substance of his cases, with a degree of enthusiasm and rigour that goes well above and beyond the norm. Simon is also very business-minded and is brilliant at spotting legal trends and identifying emerging issues in litigation.’
‘Ned Beale – a very good hire for Hausfeld; should develop well given his talent and the opportunities he will have there.‘
‘Lucy Pert – pitches things just right with the client and knows when to delegate and when to get involved. Duran Ross is fantastic; he has the eye for detail and confidence to manage large litigation on his own.’
‘Faye Moore has an incredible work ethic combined with an uncanny ability to keep her head when all around her are losing theirs.’
Trappit Tecnologias S.L.
2MC Gestion Y Consultoria S.A.
New Balance Athletics, Inc.
Athena Art Finance Corp
ProPharma Group MIS Holdings Limited
State Oil Limited and The Prax Group
All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking
- Acting for Trappit, Trappit Tecnologias and 2MC Gestion Y Consultori in a claim issued in the Chancery Division, Intellectual Property List, against American Express Europe LLC and GBT Travel Services UK Limited involving misuse of confidential information and infringement of intellectual property rights relating to extremely valuable and commercially sensitive travel savings software.
- Represented New Balance Athletics in a claim against Liverpool FC arising out of a sponsorship agreement related to the provision of playing kit and other licensed products. The case went to trial in the Commercial Court in October 2019 on an expedited basis.
- Acted for Dr Philip Comberg (former CEO of VivoPower International PLC) in a claim against his former employer (VivoPower International Services Limited) and its parent (VivoPower International PLC) for repudiatory breach of his service agreement and the breach of three other agreements entered into with the defendants.
In January 2021, Hausfeld & Co LLP hired commercial arbitration specialist Ned Beale from Trowers & Hamlins LLP, where he was international arbitration head. Beale has notable energy and aviation sector specialisms, while commercial disputes head Lianne Craig has broad domestic and international disputes experience, and Anthony Maton also acts in arbitration proceedings.
‘Hausfeld combines a really bold approach to litigation and arbitration – City-style drive and determination with a much more personal approach than its competitors.‘
‘Focused impressively on unique sectors and types of dispute in a modern world, including class actions, banking and finance (notably cryptocurrencies) and aviation matters.‘
‘A well balanced and hardworking team of skilful individuals, who obviously respect and like each other.‘
‘They work efficiently and well together.‘
‘A nimble and effective firm.‘
‘Focused on dispute resolution, which means a more tailored approach for clients.‘
‘Always allocate the necessary resources to get quick and advantageous solutions – they make things simple.‘
‘Ned Beale is a diligent, client-focused lawyer, with sharp legal skills.‘
Hausfeld & Co LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Hausfeld is a specialist litigation practice, resolving legal disputes globally with a bold and often pioneering approach. Working alongside our clients, we shape law and transform legal practice with new ideas. Our ability to embrace flexible fee structures and case funding, enables our clients to pursue dispute resolution with no or limited legal cost risk or up-front financial burden. The firm’s largely conflict-free platform means that it can take instructions where other firms cannot. We have considerable expertise in doing so for complex, high value disputes and our opponents are typically Magic/Silver Circle and top US firms.
Our lawyers act for businesses, public entities, institutional investors, shareholders, and individuals across the areas of antitrust/competition, commercial and financial disputes, environmental law, product liability, human rights and technology and data breach issues. With 12 offices across the US and Europe, we have won landmark trials, negotiated complex settlements, and recovered billions for clients – often after hard-fought litigation against the biggest names in the legal market.
Socially minded and champions for the best corporate governance, we are proud to be at the forefront of the legal profession in improving access to justice for both individuals and businesses. That makes for a profoundly different law firm.
For more information about Hausfeld, including our case highlights, awards and testimonials, please visit www.hausfeld.com.
Types of work undertaken
Competition disputes: Hausfeld is widely recognised as the market-leading claimant practice for European cartel damages claims. Our 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 innovation on managing the Trucks litigation and Legal Business Awards 2019 shortlisted us as ‘Competition Team of the Year’ for their work on the Bearings cartel.
Commercial and financial disputes: Hausfeld’s 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 legal names 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. Lianne Craig who heads the team was nominated as one of the Hot100 by The Lawyer and was recognised as ‘Individual of the Year for Dispute Resolution London’ by The Legal 500 in their UK awards 2020.
Human rights/ environmental and product liability: ‘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 for #FreePeriods.
Technology and data breach: Our technology and data breach team has notable expertise in resolving complex technology disputes and is at the cutting edge of pursuing data protection collective actions. Our cross-practice group draws together specialist lawyers from our market leading antitrust/competition and commercial and financial disputes practices. We have in-depth expertise across a variety of areas, including commercial disputes arising from technology projects, software licensing disputes, intellectual property disputes, data breach and privacy and claims arising from infringements of competition law in the technology sector. In 2020 we filed three UK representative actions relating to data breaches (against Marriott, YouTube and Facebook) – more than any other firm.
|Managing Partner||Anthony Maton|
|Antitrust/Competition Disputes||Scott Campbell|
|Commercial & Financial Services Disputes||Lianne Craig|
|Human Rights & Environmental Law||Ingrid Gubbay|
|Product Liability & Environmental Law||Sarah Moore|
|Ned Beale||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Simon Bishop||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Tom Bolster||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Nicola Boyle||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Tim Brown||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Andrew Bullion||Partner, London; (Managing Partner, Stockholm)||View Profile|
|Michael Bywell||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Scott Campbell||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Lianne Craig||Managing Partner, London||View Profile|
|Laurent Geelhand||Managing Partner, Paris, BrusselsPartner, London||View Profile|
|Lesley Hannah||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Wessen Jazrawi||Partner, London||View Profile|
|David Lawne||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Anthony Maton||Global Co-Chair||View Profile|
|John McElroy||Partner, Head of Commercial Disputes, London||View Profile|
|Sarah Moore||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Anna Morfey||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Lucy Pert||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Lucy Rigby||Partner, London||View Profile|
|Luke Streatfeild||Partner, London||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 18 Number of other UK fee-earners : 43
LanguagesDutch English French German Greek Igbo Italian Russian Spanish Swedish
MembershipsABA (American Bar Association) AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Competition Law Association IBA (International Bar Association) The Law Society of England & Wales
Hausfeld is proud of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the firm. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committees continually monitor and improve all aspects of our recruiting, hiring, training, career progression, leader development, policies and practices to ensure a diverse and dynamic work environment. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we ensure equality for all, from the candidate selection process to appointment, regardless of factors including age, gender, race, religion, beliefs, sexuality and seniority.
We are a gender diverse firm: 42% of our lawyers worldwide are female while 40% of our partnership is made up of women. Our people state that the firm ‘is beyond inclusive’ with ‘every voice heard’ and feel that they have ‘found a home’ in the firm. One partner highlights that ‘the firm has ‘allowed me the flexibility to flourish at home as well as at work’, with junior lawyers highlighting that ‘trainees are treated as core and valued members of case teams’, and others say that they are ‘inspired by the abundance of positive partner and non-partner female role models’.
We implement several initiatives with external stakeholders ranging from financially supporting the ‘Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project’ in the US, which fights to free those who have been sent to prison while innocent, to collaborating with the Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership in London. We organise local and global events for our staff where leading guest speakers aim to educate for example around black history, as well as start important conversations around DE&I topics such as the importance of using pronouns in support of the LGBTQ+ community and equal rights for their community.
Improving access to justice for individuals and businesses lies at the foundation of what we do. As part of our substantive pro bono practice we use our knowledge and skill to cooperate closely with charities and NGOs, which in many cases offers a voice to those without deep pockets and who need it most.
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights