Ronit Kreisberger QC, Alison Berridge and Jack Williams act in £600m opt-out class action against BT

19 Jan 2021

Ronit Kreisberger QC, Alison Berridge and Jack Williams have been instructed by the proposed class representative, Justin Le Patourel, in opt-out collective proceedings against BT for alleged excessive pricing in abuse of its dominance position in standalone landline telephone services. The proposed class representative proposes to represent over 2 million consumers and has an estimated value of up to £600m.

The opt-out collective procedure in the Competition Appeals Tribunal has recently been given a significant boost from applicants’ perspectives by the success of Mr Merricks in the Supreme Court, represented by Paul Harris QC.

The counsel team are instructed on behalf of the proposed class representative by Mischon de Reya’s Rob Murray and Natasha Pearman.

Ronit Kreisberger QC is also acting for Mitsubishi Bank of Tokyo in Mr Phillip Evans v Barclays Bank and Othrs and Michael O’Higgins v Barclays Bank and Othrs. Jack Williams was counsel for the (successful) respondent in the first opt-out collective proceedings in the CAT, Dorothy Gibson v Pride Mobility Products Ltd [2017] CAT 9. Monckton Chambers has unparalleled expertise and experience with collective proceedings, having had members appear all actions brought to date, including Merricks, FX, Pride, Train Tickets and Trucks.

Related coverage about the collective proceedings can be found at: The Times, BBC, Mail Online, The Express, The Sun, CityAM, Bloomberg, Legal Week, Metro, Daily Mirror.