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

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 1

As a boutique litigation firm working on the claimant side, Hausfeld & Co LLP stands at the pinnacle of the market. Able to ‘operate seamlessly across jurisdictions’, the firm’s London competition disputes team is spearheaded by Scott Campbell, who has worked on some of the largest cartel damages claims in England and Wales. In addition to his work on damages claims and investigations, Campbell assists clients with managing their litigation costs and risk. He is supported by a host of exceptional partners including Nicola BoyleAnna MorfeyLesley Hannah and Anthony MatonLucy Rigby is also noted by clients as ‘an outstanding junior partner’. The team has recently acted in a varied range of complex competition litigation work, including the high-profile ‘App Stores claims’ and automotive cartels cases, and is handling a class action on behalf of millions of UK rail passengers.

Practice head(s):

Scott Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Boyle; Anna Morfey; Anthony Maton; Lesley Hannah; Lucy Rigby; Wessen Jazrawi; Lianne Craig; Tim Brown; Aqeel Kadri; Tom Bolster

Testimonials

‘Hausfeld are the absolute leader in this field. They have strength in depth throughout the firm, and have extensive experience of the most important and highest value cases.’

‘Nicola Boyle is one of the most impressive solicitors I have ever worked with. She is commercially and legally astute, and is a fantastic team manager. The complete solicitor.’

‘Lucy Rigby is an outstanding junior partner who is going places. She is extremely calm under pressure and always makes the right decisions.’

‘Luke Streatfield is another partner to watch – he is brilliant to work with and achieves fantastic results.’

‘Lesley Hannah has already established herself as one of the top practitioners in this area and is excellent.’

‘They have the largest competition litigation team in the UK, with the ability to seamlessly operate across jurisdictions through their sister offices in the UK and EU. The competition litigation landscape in the UK has never been busier, and Hausfeld’s entrepreneurialism, bravery and ability to work collaboratively with key players in the field (counsel, experts, funders, other firms, and opponents) has been a key factor.’

‘Lucy Rigby is the First Lady of collective redress; percipient, poised and a powerhouse in any negotiation.’

‘Anna Morfey, Lesley Hannah and Nicola Boyle are class acts. They consistently spearhead the most significant competition disputes and are a dream to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Representing two individuals in the ‘App Stores claims’ against Apple and Google, respectively, determining the collective redress landscape as they are filed among the first at the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
  • Acting in a wide range of automotive cartels matters (Occupant Safety Systems, Thermal Systems, Bearings) on behalf of some of the largest European car manufacturers.
  • Acting across a number of Trucks claims.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Hausfeld & Co LLP 's banking litigation team is described as a ‘great and close-knit unit of ex-City partners with banking experience now deployed in a crack squad to assist the investor and borrower community’. It stands out for being conflict free and able to act against major financial institutions on behalf of claimants. It has expertise on financial services disputes, acting on claims relating to electronic trading platforms and cryptoassets among other things. The team counts on the expertise of ‘outstanding lawyerJohn McElroy, ‘exceptionally brightLucy Pert, ‘absolutely brilliantSimon Bishop  and the ‘extraordinaryLianne Craig, who recently became London managing partner. The firm’s commercial disputes practice (which includes banking litigation) now accounts for around 40-50% of the firm’s work.

Practice head(s):

John McElroy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have been innovative in identifying new issues in banking litigation and are not afraid to take on difficult, interesting cases, often against the magic circle and big American firms. Hausfeld is able to hold its own against much bigger firms and often out-manoeuvres them.

‘The ethos of the firm is unique – there is a real sense of fairness, the partners are protective of their associates’ wellbeing and there is a real sense that everyone likes one another and enjoys working there.

‘They have a truly collaborative approach and, as counsel, it really does feel as though you are all working as part of the same team.’

‘Simon Bishop  – Absolutely brilliant. Simon has excellent technical knowledge and an exceptional eye for detail, whilst also being a very strong strategist. He is also a delight to work with.

Lucy Pert – Exceptionally bright and excellent under pressure.’

‘The team consistently produce work of the highest quality within short time frames. They are always very professional and have a strong focus on clients’ needs. They are great to work with and easy to contact.’

‘Anthony Maton and Scott Campbell have been great in any collaboration, providing exceptional expertise and handling all matters professionally and quickly.’

‘Great and close-knit unit of ex-City partners with banking experience now deployed in a crack squad to assist the investor and borrower community’

Key clients

Former Inquiry Chair at the Competition and Markets Authority

Leeds City Council Greater Manchester Combined Authority North East Lincolnshire Council Newcastle City Council Oldham Council Nottingham City Council Sheffield City Council

State Oil Limited and The Prax Group

All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking

Phelan Energy Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Filing a major collective action on behalf of Phil Evans against entities in six global banking groups – Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan, MUFG Bank, RBS/NatWest and UBS – seeking damages in respect of foreign exchange (FX) spot trading cartels.
  • Representing the APPG, which brought a high profile judicial review against the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), requiring it to give bank customers a route to access compensation of multiple £billions for the mis-selling of financial products by banks, after the FCA refused to act following the outcome of the Swift Review published in December 2021.
  • Acting in a dispute about entry into FX trade which has the potential to change the legal landscape and have far-reaching consequences. The claim raises novel questions on the interpretation of certain provisions of the 2002 International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Master Agreement.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 3

Hausfeld & Co LLP has a particularly stellar reputation for utilising its cross-border capabilities to develop ‘cutting-edge trans-national litigation strategies‘ at the intersection of public and environmental law; the firm is currently instructed on behalf of Greta Thunberg and 13 other youth climate activists from around the world. The team of ‘innovative thinkers‘ is headed up by Ingrid Gubbay, and also includes recommended senior practitioners Wessen Jazrawi – who shows ‘enormous committment to her clients and the vindication of their rights‘ – and Sarah Moore – whose ongoing highlights include representing 40 gymnasts in cases against British Gymnastics arising out of alleged physical and emotional abuse.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Gubbay

Other key lawyers:

Wessen Jazrawi; Sarah Moore; David Lawne; Luke Grimes

Testimonials

‘Hausfeld’s civil liberties and human rights practice is going from strength to strength, alongside their other areas of expertise. With an eye on cutting-edge trans-national litigation strategies, with the public interest in mind, the firm is bringing its significant expertise in the group litigation and claimant sphere to bear on important issues.’

‘Hausfeld is an international firm and is able to draw on a multitude of excellent lawyers and to run a wide variety of cases, safe in the knowledge that it has the expertise and experience to do so very competently. My experience of working with the civil liberties and human rights team members is that they are all highly proficient lawyers with a strong committment to their clients and the preservation of their rights.’

‘Ingrid Gubbay is well recognised for having a wealth of expertise and experience in human rights work with a particular emphasis on environmental cases where the rights of individuals are at stake – whether that be in the domestic or international arena.’

‘Wessen Jazrawi is a member of the team that stands out for praise and recognition. In an ongoing case, Wessen has once again shown to me her enormous committment to her clients and the vindication of their rights. Throughout Wessen has ensured that my clients understand the process and that they are thereby able to play a part in forming the case and the arguments and the way in which the case is framed.’

‘They are simply without peer in their attention to detail and their bid to “get it right” for the client. Very team focussed and very driven.’

‘Attention to detail and collaborative working to ensure best outcomes is an absolute hallmark of their operation… and it works!’

‘The team at Hausfeld have supported us pro bono on two human rights strategic litigation cases. The team are excellent to work with; their knowledge and expertise is unmatched, and they are fantastic with regards to understanding our needs and communicating any updates.’

‘The individuals within the team that we have worked with at Hausfeld are all extremely knowledgable, helpful, and innovative thinkers.’

Key clients

38 individual ex-gymnasts

Save the Children International

16 child petitioners including Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg and 13 other youth climate activists from around the world

A group of villagers in Zambia

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of 38 gymnasts – including 4 Olympians – to bring a claim in negligence against British Gymnastics based on vicarious liability.
  • Instructed by Save the Children International to intervene in a landmark climate change legal action in the European Court of Human Rights.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

Hausfeld & Co LLP‘s environmental and product liability team is led by Ingrid Gubbay, who conducts strategic public and private law litigation, Sarah Moore, who litigates against both corporate defendants and the UK government, and Simon Bishop, who was recently promoted to partner. The team predominantly represents clients in claims against prominent corporations and institutions. Some of the firm’s work includes helping Greta Thunberg and 13 other young climate activists from around the world with a petition to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asking that he and the leaders of all UN agencies declare that the climate crisis is an emergency.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Gubbay; Simon Bishop; Sarah Moore

 

Other key lawyers:

Lianne Craig; David Lawne; Michael Hausfeld; Richard Lewis

Key clients

Thousands of Mercedes Customers

13 young people including Greta Thunberg

Adaeze Aghaji (youth activist) and Peter Garforth

Consortium of the Good Law Project, Environmental Law Foundation, The London Waterkeeper, the Kent Environmental Community Network and Stonyhurst College.

Save the Children

Good Law Project

George Monbiot

Vince Dale

ClientEarth

Mums for Lungs

Work highlights

  • Intervening in a landmark climate change legal action in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The underlying case was filed by the Applicant, Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) on behalf of 6 Portuguese young people in September 2020 and is the first case involving climate change to be considered by the ECtHR.  It asks the ECtHR to make a declaration that 33 European respondent states are in breach of their human rights obligations through their contributions to climate change.
  • Building a group action against Daimler/Mercedes Benz in in the UK on behalf of individual and business purchasers of diesel Mercedes vehicles, following findings by the German Transport Authority that Mercedes installed devices in diesel vehicles that could cheat emissions tests. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of affected vehicles on the roads in the UK may contain so-called ‘defeat devices’, meaning that they are likely emitting harmful levels of NOx (nitrogen oxide) with adverse consequences for health and the environment.
  • Helping Greta Thunberg and 13 other youth climate activists from around the world prepare the petition which on 10 November 2021, the 13 youth activists submitted to UN Secretary-General António Guterres asking that he and the leaders of all UN agencies declare a systemwide UN emergency on the climate crisis, as they did in 2020 on the COVID-19 crisis.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 5

A leadership change at the beginning of 2022 has seen ‘brilliant strategistLianne Craig step up to become Hausfeld & Co LLP‘s first female managing partner, while her place as head of commercial disputes has been taken by respected litigator John McElroy. As well as handling the gamut of commercial litigation cases globally, the firm is committed to innovative funding solutions and arrangements. Other noted practitioners include aviation and media-focused Ned Beale, recently promoted partner Simon Bishop and counsel Duran Ross.

Practice head(s):

John McElroy

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Pert; Anna Gilbert; Duran Ross; Simon Bishop; Ned Beale; Lianne Craig

Testimonials

‘Anna Gilbert is a superb litigator. She has excellent instincts seeing both the bigger picture and not missing important details. John McElroy is great on tactics.’

‘They attract interesting, serious work, often in innovative and emerging areas of litigation, and have an impressive ability to deliver results for clients on even the most difficult of cases. The ethos of the firm is in my experience unique. The associates are really valued, wellbeing is taken seriously and there is a real sense that everyone enjoys working together.’

‘Simon Bishop is an exceptional lawyer. He has a masterly ability to be completely on top of the details whilst also making consistently brilliant tactical decisions and really understanding the overall direction of a case. Simon has first rate technical legal skills and commercial instinct and is a real asset on any case. He is also an absolute delight to work with.’

‘Lianne Craig is probably the best lawyer I have worked with – both a brilliant strategist and also a great technical lawyer. She is absolutely fierce when it is required and holds her own against any magic circle partner, but she is also fair and has a strong sense of justice. Lianne is also an excellent people manager and understands how to run a team on a big case.’

‘A very well trained and educated team; with excellent leadership from partners who are involved in cases while at the same time letting associates flourish and show their qualities rather than being told what to do.’

‘Ned Beale is an outstanding litigator. Most efficient and effective. He has excellent instincts, great judgement and knows which points to press home. One couldn’t be in better hands.’

‘Lucy Pert is tenacious, smart and clear in her advice.’

‘My overall rating is “brilliant”. Probably the best quality is the collaborative approach the whole team has with us.’

Key clients

Trappit S.A. and Trappit Tecnologias S.L.

ProPharma Group MIS Holdings Limited

Bailor Investment & Finance Corporation and 12 others (the 13 subsidiaries of Wellcourt Investments Group SA)

Athena Art Finance Corp

Jose Nistal Hernansaiz and Poseidon Ventures

Red Fort Capital

Private Joint Stock Company Pharmaceutical Firm “Darnitsa” (“Darnitsa”)

Iris Helicopter Leasing Limited (Iris)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Trappit in a claim issued in the Chancery Division against GBT Travel Services UK, involving misuse of confidential information and infringement of intellectual property rights relating to extremely valuable and commercially sensitive travel savings software.
  • Acting for ProPharma Group in its claim under a buyer-side warranty and indemnity insurance policy which was taken out to cover specified losses incurred in connection with the client’s entry into a share purchase agreement.
  • Representing Red Fort Capital as the victim of a fraud, pursuant to which it was induced to enter into a loan agreement as lender with a group of companies as borrower.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

During 2022, Hausfeld & Co LLP‘s ‘amazingly responsiveJohn McElroy was promoted to London commercial disputes head. Commercial arbitration specialist Ned Beale is a 2021 recruit from Trowers & Hamlins LLP, where he was international arbitration head; and newly elevated London managing partner Lianne Craig and Lucy Pert both also have arbitration experience.

Practice head(s):

John McElroy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong on litigation strategy and methodical.’

‘Proactive and sensible in its approach, with advice delivered clearly and pragmatically.’

‘Lucy Pert, Ned Beale and John McElroy stand out as leaders in their field.’

‘John McElroy is an amazingly responsive and likeable professional – always available to help.’

‘Ned Beale is great. A real lawyer with a true sense of justice.’

‘Ned Beale is clearly both an expert and experienced. Great at planning the litigation workload and strategising.’

‘Ned Beale and Lucy Pert are well regarded in the international arbitration market.’

‘Ned Beale is a first-class operator. Smooth and steely, he sets the route to victory and then delivers.’

Insurance > Product liability: claimant

Hausfeld & Co LLP offers a small but experienced health and safety team in the UK, led by Sarah Moore , which regularly works on high profile international matters.

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.

We bring a visionary yet pragmatic approach to resolving claims, whether for a single client or a group working collectively. Our lawyers act for businesses, public entities, charities, institutional investors, shareholders, and individuals across the areas of antitrust/competition, commercial & financial disputes, environmental law, product liability, human rights and technology & data breach issues. With 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/antitrust: 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 disputes 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, it was instructed on a number of the highest profile banking litigation cases arising out of LIBOR manipulation and interest rate swap mis-selling. In more recent years, the practice has grown and evolved and is now a go to firm for large corporate v corporate disputes. Lianne Craig, now London Managing Partner, was nominated as one of the Hot100 by The Lawyer in 2021 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 what we do. The team litigates and advises individuals and groups who have suffered human rights and/or environmental harms. Furthermore, we are experts in managing individual and group product liability claims across a range of sectors, including defective medical devices, pharmaceuticals and environmental damage. The firm also works extensively on climate justice. In 2021, the team won the ‘Innovation in Sustainability & ESG’ award at the FT Innovative Lawyers Europe Awards and before that it had been 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 team has notable expertise in resolving complex technology disputes. 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Global Co-Chair Anthony Matonamaton@hausfeld.com
London Managing Partner Lianne Craiglcraig@hausfeld.com
Head Competition Disputes Scott Campbellscampbell@hausfeld.com
Head Commercial Disputes John McElroyjmcelroy@hausfeld.com
Human Rights & Environmental Law Ingrid Gubbayigubbay@hausfeld.com
Product Liability Sarah Mooresmoore@hausfeld.com
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Ned Beale photo Ned BealePartner, London
Simon Bishop photo Simon BishopPartner, London
Tom Bolster photo Tom BolsterPartner, London
Nicola Boyle photo Nicola BoylePartner, London
Tim Brown photo Tim BrownPartner, London
Andrew Bullion photo Andrew BullionPartner, London Head of  the Stockholm Office
Scott Campbell photo Scott CampbellPartner, London
Lianne Craig photo Lianne CraigManaging Partner, London
Laurent Geelhand photo Laurent GeelhandPartner, Brussels & London
Ingrid Gubbay photo Ingrid GubbayOf Counsel
Lesley Hannah photo Lesley HannahPartner, London
Wessen Jazrawi photo Wessen JazrawiPartner, London
David Lawne photo David LawnePartner, London
Anthony Maton photo Anthony MatonGlobal Co-Chair
John McElroy photo John McElroyPartner & Head of Commercial Disputes, London
Faye Moore photo Faye MooreCounsel
Sarah Moore photo Sarah MoorePartner, London
Anna Morfey photo Anna MorfeyPartner, London
Lucy Pert photo Lucy PertPartner, London
Lucy Rigby photo Lucy RigbyPartner, London
Duran Ross photo Duran RossCounsel
Luke Streatfeild photo Luke StreatfeildPartner, London
Number of UK partners : 18
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43
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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.

Our pro bono work
The firm’s DE&I initiatives


Hausfeld LLP is a recommended firm in the Green Guide UK 2022. Learn more about this recognition.