Kim Dietzel

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Kim is a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills’ London office, acting on the full range of EU and UK competition law issues, with a particular focus on cartel cases and litigation.  Kim has been recognised as a rated competition litigator by Global Competition Review (GCR) and Chambers.  She advises clients in a range of industries, including in the transport, aviation, financial services, consumer goods and industrial sectors.  She advised Virgin Atlantic on the cartel investigations in a number of jurisdictions (including US and UK) into long-haul passenger fuel surcharges, including the OFT’s first contested criminal prosecution under the Enterprise Act 2002 and the US and UK private damages settlement.  Other recent work for Virgin Atlantic includes advising on the OFT’s investigation in relation to the Hong Kong route, and on the recent Joint Venture with Delta Air Lines.  Kim’s experience in competition litigation covers both stand alone and follow on cases, the latter in the CAT as well as the High Court.  For example, she is currently representing Wieland-Werke in the High Court litigation brought by Newsen following on from the copper plumbing tubes cartel.  She also appears as an advocate in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), for example recently for Schunk in relation to the follow on cartel damages claim brought by Deutsche Bahn and others arising from the carbon and graphite cartel.  Kim advises Pilkington on the continuing follow-on claims arising out of the car glass cartel, involving cases from both indirect and direct purchasers in the UK and Germany, and related European court litigation. She also regularly advises confidential clients on internal investigations and leniency applications in the UK, EU, and with respect to other EU Member States and global regimes.  Kim has spent some time working in the firm’s Brussels office and has been seconded to the competition law team of The Coca Cola Company.  She was recently profiled in the GCR’s “top 100 women in antitrust” covering regulators, economists and competition lawyers.