Competition & Antitrust Litigation

As a result, expert, commercial competition litigation advice and representation are increasingly important for companies, not only as defendants but also when they wish to use private litigation as a means of redress.

Linklaters’ specialist antitrust litigators combine technical expertise with strategic advice to pursue or defend claims on behalf of our clients before national courts across Europe, before the EU courts, the US courts and elsewhere across the globe. The leading cartel litigation and white-collar crime practice successfully conducts and coordinates multi-jurisdictional litigation for clients to ensure the best possible outcome.

We assist clients by:
  • defending them against damages claims resulting from cartel findings
  • advising and representing them in actions for damages for breaches of competition law
  • advising on complex procedural and substantive issues arising in the context of criminal and civil investigations and dawn raids conducted by national competition authorities and the European Commission
  • advising on appeals against decisions of national competition and regulatory authorities and the European Commission
  • advising on various preliminary references to the European Court of Justice relating to the incompatibility of domestic legislation with EU law
Recent competition litigation cases include advising:
  • Visa Europe and Visa UK in a large number of actions in the Commercial Court in London brought by major retailers seeking damages concerning the settling and implementation of multilateral interchange fees for the Visa card payment system in Europe
  • a mobile phone operator in its dealing with Ofcom in relation to a forthcoming spectrum auction
  • an online shopping search engine in its claim against a dominant search engine, seeking damages in respect of alleged abuses of a dominant position in relation to online searches and search advertising, contrary to Article 102 TFEU
  • a leading European airline in relation to the European Commission and Department of Justice investigation, and subsequent private class action litigation regarding an air cargo cartel
  • two participants in a vitamins cartel in major litigation before the UK High Court and German Supreme Court in order to recoup losses incurred as a result of the cartel
  • a leading chemicals company on its defence of the follow on damages claim before the UK High Court by a number of tyre companies in respect of the European Commission’s decision in a rubber chemicals cartel case
  • a former chief executive on his appeal to the UK House of Lords against his extradition to the US as part of the Morgan Crucible cartel proceedings