Why attend?

The evolving competition regime in the UK has meant a number of changes in institution, practice and procedure. Following the success of the 2013 conference Sweet & Maxwell are delighted to welcome back speakers from the Brick Court Chambers, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and guest speakers from across the competition spectrum to provide you with the best possible updates for the challenges in competition law.

  • Fantastic legal updates from top rated competition set Brick Court Chambers and top-tier firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • 4 panel discussion sessions exploring programme topics from differing perspectives and offering time for delegate’s questions
  • Views from Competition Appeals Tribunal Chairman, Marcus Smith QC on Collective Actions and the incoming system
  • Morning chair James Flynn QC  will chair the discussions on Private Enforcement and the View from the Plaintiff/Claimant bar
  • In house Perspective from Christopher Rother at Deutsche Bahn on Competition Damages Claims
  • Afternoon chair Deirdre Trapp  heads the panels discussing Collective Actions and Competition Damages Claims – the in-house perspective

Key topics:

  • Private enforcement and actions for damages: developments in the past year
  • The consumer rights bill and the EU antitrust damages directive: where are we now?
  • Review of key cases indlucing: National Grid v abb & ors, Cooper tire & ors v dow, Deutsche Bahn & ors v morgan crucible & ors, The mastercard and visa interchange fee cases
  • The view from the plaintiff/claimant bar
  • Establishing who to sue, where to sue and what is the permissible scope of a follow-on claim
  • Review of jurisdictional issues and tactics, including anchoring claims to the UK and the continued use of ‘Italian torpedo’ tactics
  • UK collective proceedings and settlements: a view from the bench
  • Collective actions and settlements, how these will work in practice and be handled by the tribunal
  • Compliance vs. Procurement – the in-house perspective on competition damages claims
  • Advising boards on competition litigation risk and how to work with external counsel

Previous delegates include:

  • Addleshaw Goddard LLP
  • Ashurst LLP
  • Barclays
  • BT
  • Burges Salmon LLP
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • DLA Piper
  • FirstGroup
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Gide Loyrette Nouel
  • HSBC
  • Mitsubishi Pharma Europe Ltd
  • Monckton Chambers
  • Next Retail Limited
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • PwC
  • Sports Direct
  • Tesco
  • Thales Air Defence Limited
  • Waterstones


In line with our goal of developing content to ensure the continual professional development of all legal practitioners, this conference will entitle delegates to 6 hours toward their CPD, accredited by the BCB, SRA and CILEx. SRA reference number: QV/SML.