Court of Appeal issues judgment in first Trucks damages claim with all-Monckton cast list

27 Feb 2024

The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in DAF Trucks Limited v Royal Mail and British Telecom, dismissing DAF’s appeal against the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s judgment of 7 February 2023.

This was the first case to reach trial in the UK based on the European Commission’s 2016 Trucks decision. The Tribunal upheld Royal Mail and British Telecom’s damages claims against DAF for loss arising from the breach of competition law found by the Commission.  In dismissing DAF’s appeal, the Court of Appeal addresses the use of the “broad axe” in quantifying competition damages, and the legal test to be applied in determining whether a claimant has passed-on its losses to customers.

All parties to the proceedings were represented by leading and junior counsel from Monckton Chambers.

Tim Ward KC, Ben Lask KC, Ligia Osepciu appeared for Royal Mail and British Telecom. Clíodhna Kelleher appeared for the Claimants at first instance.

Daniel Beard KC, Daisy Mackersie and James Bourke appeared for DAF.

A copy of the judgment is here.