The second annual UK Competition Litigation Conference

25 Nov 2020
8–10 December 2020

Please join Monckton Chambers, NERA Economic Consulting, and Augusta for a virtual conference investigating the most important developments in competition litigation in 2020.

The event will bring together distinguished panellists to discuss the year’s key case developments, lessons learned in case management, Brexit, dominance litigation, compensation and pass-on, and class certification battles at the CAT. Speakers include:

We also welcome experts from several leading law firms, including Ashurst; Bristows; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Clifford Chance; CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Hausfeld; Herbert Smith Freehills; Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; Slaughter and May; Stewarts and Travers Smith.

The conference will take place from 8 to 10 December across a series of afternoon sessions. Click here to register.

Tuesday 8th December


14:00 – 15:00     Conference Opening and Keynote

We will warmly invite you to our Second Annual Competition Litigation conference. Together they will look back over the extraordinary year of 2020, how the regime has evolved in the five years since the Consumer Rights Act, and how the UK is positioned as a forum.

Mark Brealey QC, Barrister, Monckton Chambers

The Honourable Mr Justice Roth, President Competition Appeal Tribunal

15:30 – 17:00     Reflections on Key Case Developments of 2020

An interrupted and challenging year has not prevented the UK competition litigation regime taking some big steps. Our Panel will discuss the key cases, procedural develops, and learnings from the Supreme Court.

Tim Ward QC, Barrister, Joint Head of Monckton Chambers

Edward Coulson, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Caroline Edwards, Partner, Travers Smith LLP
Paul Harris QC, Barrister, Monckton Chambers
Claire Jeffs, Partner, Co-Chair of the Competition Group Slaughter and May
Mark Sansom, Partner, Joint Head – Global Antitrust Litigation Group Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Grant Saggers, Director, NERA Economic Consulting

The recording is available here


Wednesday 9th December


14:00 – 15:30     Lessons Learned in Strategic Case Management

Effective and proportionate processes are crucial to the improved performance of cases and the litigation regime as a whole. Simon Latham will Chair our Panel on how legal counsel manage funding, disclosure, expert evidence and settlement.

Simon Latham, Investment Manager, Augusta Ventures

Lesley Hannah, Partner, Hausfeld LLP
Euan Burrows, Partner, Ashurst
Kassie Smith QC, Barrister, Monckton Chambers

Dr. Alexandre Carbonnel, Senior Consultant, NERA Economic Consulting
Daisy Mackersie, Barrister, Monckton Chambers

The recording is available here

16:00 – 17:30     Dominance Litigation

The range of disputes involving foreclosure and FRAND continues to grow, with 2020 also seeing continued litigation in technology markets. Our Panel will focus on the developments in measuring damage, the As-Efficient Competitor Test, the issues in Standard Essential Patents, and the various forums (including the International Trade Commission).

Josh Holmes QC, Barrister, Monckton Chambers

Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach, Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting
Sophie Lawrance, Partner, Bristows

Adrien Cevera-Jackson, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting
Julianne Kerr Morrison, Barrister, Monckton Chambers

The recording is available here


Thursday 10th December


14:00 – 15:30      A Class, Apart—Class Certification Battles

2021 will see class representatives battle for certification. The Panel will discuss the impacts of the Supreme Court on how compensatory Damage is determined and allocated. And what learnings there are from other jurisdictions on how economic evidence is used to challenge class composition.

Philip Moser QC, Barrister, Joint Head of Monckton Chambers

Boris Bronfentrinker, Partner, Co-Head of the Competition Litigation Practice, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Kenny Henderson, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabaro Olswang LLP
Dr. Lawrence Wu, President, NERA Economic Consulting

Dr. Ai Deng, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting
Stefan Kuppen, Barrister, Monckton Chambers

The recording is available here

16:00 – 17:30     A Primer on Passing-On

In 2020, the Supreme Court clarified the legal approach to passing-on, but new battlegrounds have emerged for claimant and defendants, direct and indirect purchases, and different class representatives on the expert evidence that will be needed to prove passing-on. The Panel will discuss the legal test and what it means for the evidence and experts needed at trial.

Jon Turner QC, Barrister, Monckton Chambers

Kim Dietzel, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Rob Murray, Partner, Mishcon de Reya
Dr. Nicola Tosini, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting

Alan Bates, Barrister, Monckton Chambers
Dr. Philipp Heller, Senior Consultant, NERA Economic Consulting

The recording is available here

18:00 – 19:00     Conference Closing and Look Forward to 2021

Our Panel has the pleasure of talking to Christopher Vajda QC, the UK’s former judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union, about the UK’s regime and role in a post-Brexit world. Our Panel will close out the conference with reflections and learnings across the sessions in the conference.

Dr. Lauren Stiroh, Managing Director, Chair of NERA’s Global Antitrust and Competition Practice, NERA Economic Consulting

Christopher Vajda QC, Former UK CJEU Judge, Barrister, Monckton Chambers
Anneli Howard, Barrister, Monckton Chambers
Elizabeth Morony, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

The recording is available here