Firm Profile > Hausfeld & Co LLP > London, England

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

Competition litigation Tier 1

Hausfeld & Co LLP garners praise as ‘the leading competition litigation firm acting on the claimant side’. It excels in antitrust damages claims at UK and European level. The London-based group is increasingly present in the courts in the Netherlands, France and Spain, where it often works with local litigators. In a significant development, Scott Campbell was appointed as the head of the competition disputes department in October 2019. The team also includes London managing partner Anthony Maton, who is seen as ‘a trailblazer’ in the area of private competition law enforcement in the UK. Lesley Hannah, who is particularly prominent in the technology sector, ‘combines a great eye for detail with strategic and tactical vision for each case’. The ‘very able, pleasant, diligent and commercialAnna Morfey specialises in claims arising from alleged cartels in the trucks and the automotive industries. Nicola Boyle has had a leading role in pursuing claims on behalf of UK retailers against MasterCard and Visa in relation to unlawful interchange fees. Boyle and recently promoted partner Tom Bolster are also key contacts for multijurisdictional claims. In 2019, the group continued to expand, with there being a number of hires at counsel and associate level.

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Testimonials

In London, Hausfeld is the leading competition litigation firm acting on the claimant side. The team has over a decade of experience. The firm has offices elsewhere in Europe, which allows it to take a pan-European approach to managing claims.

This excellent team is very easy to work with – it combines tactical acumen with a very pleasant manner. We regard the team as the leading practice in Europe on the claimant side dealing with antitrust damages claims.

The team is hardworking and dedicated to securing a good outcome for its clients. It has a huge amount of experience in handling class action claims and understands the complexity of managing such litigation.

Anthony Maton is at the absolute top of his game.

The recruitment of Scott Campbell in 2017 was useful to the firm, as he brought a wealth of competition litigation experience with him.

Nicola Boyle is a very effective litigator and a diligent case manager, with a very good overall strategic vision.

Anna Morfey is very able, pleasant, diligent and commercial.

Lesley Hannah is an excellent lawyer, who combines a great eye for detail with strategic and tactical vision for each case.

Key clients

Justin Gutmann

Renault Group

Interchange fee group litigants

Infederation

Trucks cartel group litigants

Tempus

Phil Evans

SSE

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 3

The niche practice at Hausfeld & Co LLP handles claimant civil liberties matters that exist at the intersection with human rights and environmental litigation. Housed in London with further offices in Brussels and the Netherlands, the team is led by experienced litigator Ingrid Gubbay and undertakes environmental, climate change, and commercial litigation matters against corporations for a client roster, which includes activist Greta Thunberg. Wessen Jazrawi is particularly noted for her experience representing vulnerable individuals and acting in personal injury claims. The group also has a thriving pro-bono practice.

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Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Hausfeld & Co LLP is 'one of the go-to firms if you are an investor seeking to make a high-value claim against the big banks'. Its 'uniqueness lies in the “David and Goliath' nature of the litigation, in which Hausfeld is always acting for David'. Practice head Lianne Craig (who is 'very bright and absolutely incredible at strategic thinking') has a breadth of experience acting against banks including in manipulation of LIBOR and FX financial benchmarks claims, for which the 'charming, sensible, astute' Anthony Maton is also a key contact. Other names to note include the 'very experienced' John McElroy ; Lucy Pert, whose 'invaluable' sector insight extends to litigation funding; recently promoted partner David Lawne ; and ' extremely bright' senior associate Simon Bishop who 'has fantastic knowledge of financial products and banking processes'.

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Testimonials

This team takes on litigation, often for individuals, against large corporations. This is notoriously difficult due to the disparity in resource and asymmetry of information. Its uniqueness lies in the “David and Goliath’ nature of the litigation in which Hausfeld is always acting for David, with a commitment and skill for that role that is unrivaled in the London market.

Hausfeld are one of the go-to firms if you are an investor seeking to make a high-value claim against the big banks.

Lianne Craig is an excellent lawyer and person of great integrity and clarity of vision – an absolute pleasure to work with. John McElroy is a very experienced litigator who is nevertheless, gentle, composed and measured. Simon Bishop is a great thinker and strategist. Each of these is unusually easy to deal with and always works hard.

They stand out as being some of the most personable people I have encountered in the legal sector. They are obviously extremely bright, hardworking and knowledgeable but they are also a real pleasure to work with.

Lianne Craig is excellent at taking the lead on cases. She balances strategy and bigger-picture thinking with being on top of the details perfectly and is well-liked by her juniors. She is very bright and absolutely incredible at strategic thinking and getting cases over the line.

‘Lucy Pert’s management of very complex group litigation involving multiple fee-earners, experts and QCs has been very impressive. Her sector insight has been invaluable and she is very available and personable.’

Anthony Maton is statesman-like – the guiding spirit of the London office. Charming, sensible, astute.

Senior associate Simon Bishop is extremely bright and has an exceptional eye for detail. He remains calm under pressure and is a real team player. He has consistently impressed me with his legal analysis and is probably the best non-partner solicitor I have ever worked with.

Key clients

Andrew Hosking and Sean Bucknall of Quantuma LLP as liquidators of Ventra Investments Ltd

Leeds City Council

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

North East Lincolnshire Council

Newcastle City Council

Oldham Council

Nottingham City Council

Sheffield City Council

Phillip Evans, former Inquiry Chair at the Competition and Markets Authority (Re: Foreign Exchange)

Deutsche Bahn AG

Industria de Diseño Textil, S.A. (Inditex Group)

ASOS plc

Metro AG

Hertz Europe Ltd

Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK Limited

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

Conflict-free Hausfeld & Co LLP is 'very engaged in the issues at stake and go the extra mile'. It litigates against major defendants, such as banks and state-owned entities; and clients particularly appreciate the practice's willingness to share the risks of litigation through conditional fee agreements or damages-based agreements. Lianne Craig leads the commercial disputes team, which includes key partner John McElroy, who is experienced in high-profile, high-value financial disputes that frequently involve technical banking issues; and Lucy Pert, who is particularly focused on banking litigation. Duran Ross provides notable senior associate-level support.

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Key clients

New Balance Athletics, Inc.

Philip Comberg

Ventra Investments Limited (in Creditors Voluntary Liquidation)

Tempus Energy Technology Ltd

Tempus Energy Ltd

Joseph Kasonde (and 1152 others)

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 Partner, London
 Andrew Bullion  photo Andrew Bullion Partner, London; (Managing Partner, Stockholm)
 Michael Bywell  photo Michael Bywell Partner, London
 Scott Campbell  photo Scott Campbell Partner, London
 Lianne Craig  photo Lianne Craig Partner, London
 Anthony Maton  photo Anthony Maton Managing Partner, London
 John McElroy  photo John McElroy Partner, London
 Anna Morfey  photo Anna Morfey Partner, London
 Lucy Pert  photo Lucy Pert Partner, London
Number of UK partners : 18
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40
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