Handy client guide to class actions in England and Wales

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched a series of short guides to class actions in England and Wales. The first two editions, (i) Overview of class actions in the English courts and (ii) Group Litigation Orders (GLOs), have been published here. Future… Read more

First competition law class action issued in the CAT

On 21 June 2016 the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) published details of the first application to bring a class action under the UK's controversial new competition law collective proceedings regime. The regime was introduced in October 2015 (see here) and… Read more

Class actions are going global: Is your business ready?

Companies across the globe are increasingly facing the risk of class action litigation, with some finding themselves unprepared when a claim is lodged. We have today launched a new Globalisation of Class Actions hub to keep Herbert Smith Freehills clients and contacts… Read more

New “opt-out” class action for competition claims

As part of a major overhaul of the competition litigation regime in the UK, a new collective redress regime for competition claims will be introduced from 1 October 2015. It will allow collective proceedings to be brought in the Competition Appeal… Read more

Report recommends new class action for Hong Kong

Class action reform has for some time been a hot topic both in the UK and in Europe, with recent government proposals for a new "opt-out" collective action for competition claims before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (see post) and ongoing debate… Read more

Opt-out class action proposed for competition claims

On Tuesday (24 April) the government published its anticipated consultation on competition law private actions, including radical proposals for a new "opt-out" collective action for competition claims on behalf of both consumers and businesses in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). Under an opt-out… Read more

European Parliament softens stance on EU class actions

In a resolution adopted on 2 February 2012 in response to the Commission’s 2011 consultation “Towards a coherent European approach to collective redress”, the European Parliament has taken a markedly less negative approach to the question of EU action on… Read more

New code of conduct for litigation funders

A new code of conduct for litigation funders (who fund litigation or arbitration in return for a share of the proceeds) was launched on Wednesday, 23 November. Lord Justice Jackson's lecture on litigation funding (the sixth in his series of lectures in… Read more