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Competition Litigation

Disputes and complaints involving anti-competitive agreements and abuse of market power are increasingly being dealt with by the courts – and damages claims are a key feature of competition cases.

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Court proceedings can offer a speedy remedy for victims of competition law breaches.  An injunction can stop a dominant supplier from cutting off supplies or restrain competitors from operating an agreement to stop customers dealing with a business. Businesses can also seek compensation for losses resulting from anti-competitive agreements or conduct. 

DWF's competition lawyers are very experienced in handling competition law litigation in both national and EU courts. We regularly act for claimants and defendants in actions based wholly or partly on competition law, and guide our clients through the unique strategic and tactical issues raised by such disputes. In particular, we advise clients on follow on damages claims based on infringement decisions by the European Commission or a national competition authority, often involving cartels. 

We also act on appeals against competition decisions to the EU General Court or specialist courts such as the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, as well as preliminary references to the European Court of Justice for rulings on issues of EU law.  

Some of our experts

Howard Cartlidge

Head of EU/Competition (London)

I advise on all aspects of EU and UK competition law. I help businesses to deal with the legal and policy aspects of regulatory disputes and investigations.

Jonathan Branton

Partner - Head of EU/Competition

I lead the firm in EU/Competition issues, specialising in behavioural antitrust, merger control, public procurement and State aid, and all related issues of public funding, including the UK’s Regional Growth Fund, ERDF and ESIF. I also head up the firm’s Brussels office and the firm’s cross-discipline Public Sector group.

Dr. Daisy Walzel, LL.M. (oec)

Partner - Head of Competition (Germany)

I advise on all aspects of German and EU competition law, specialising in merger control, competition law compliance and provide advice on competitor co-operations and cartel proceedings.

Brona Heenan

Director

I am a highly experienced EU competition and procurement lawyer with extensive experience in representing leading US, Japanese and European clients across a broad range of industries, including media, telecommunications, energy and biotechnology.