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Competition Disputes

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Travers Smith’s competition disputes group has established a strong reputation in this rapidly growing area.


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Head of Competition

Nigel Seay

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Nigel joined Travers Smith in 2006 and became a partner in 2007. He is Head of the Competition Department at Travers Smith. Nigel advises on EU, UK and multi-jurisdictional merger control matters, as well as the full range of behavioural EU and UK competition law matters.

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Our competition disputes group is made up of specialists from across our Competition and Dispute Resolution Departments, ensuring clients always get the best multi-disciplinary advice on each aspect of a case.  We have excellent experience in this area, with the group having acted on, and currently acting on, a number of the high profile competition actions before the English courts. As such we are well versed in the key issues that can arise in competition disputes and are at the forefront of legal developments in this area.

''Travers Smith LLP is 'among the very strong mid-sized firms operating' in the competition litigation space. The team has enjoyed immense success to date, and has picked up work in several of the most high profile cases in the UK and abroad.''

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We represent clients defending competition claims brought against them in the English courts, in particular follow on damages claims resulting from EU or UK cartel findings, as well as advising and representing clients in respect of actions for damages or other relief as a result of a breach of competition law by a third party. We also advise on appeals against decisions of competition regulators and on competition issues arising in the context of broader commercial disputes.

Our competition disputes work often has an international dimension and we regularly coordinate our advice with leading overseas law firms in respect of related actions in other jurisdictions.

Our competition disputes experience includes acting for:

  • a leading  copper products manufacturer in respect of two separate follow-on damages claims in the High Court relating to, respectively, the European Commission Copper Plumbing Tubes and Copper Fittings cartel decisions.
  • a  speciality glass producer  in respect of a damages claim by a  monitor supplier against our client  and other addressees relating to the European Commission CRT Glass cartel decision.  We were successful in striking out all aspects of the  claim at a preliminary stage.
  • a  smart card chip producer  in respect of a damages claim brought in the High Court  against our client and another addressee of the European Commission Smart Card Chips cartel decision.
  • an auto parts supplier in respect of a follow on damages claim by a car manufacturer based on the European Commission Automotive Bearings cartel decision and before the Competition Appeal Tribunal.   
  • a Japanese industrial company on the UK aspects of a settlement with a major direct purchaser  in respect of threatened claims arising out of a European Commission cartel decision.
  • a US corporate  on the UK aspects of a successful global settlement of actual and threatened competition damages proceedings in a number of jurisdictions. 
  • a financial sector client  on proposed injunction proceedings before the High Court in relation to alleged abuse of dominance (refusal to supply) by a dominant supplier. 
  • a communications provider before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and subsequently the Court of Appeal, in respect of an appeal by a complainant of Ofcom’s decision on a competition law investigation into customer contracts with broadcasters.
  •  a major UK convenience store chain in relation to litigation and proposed litigation relating to the Tobacco decision of the OFT (the predecessor of the CMA).