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 Tribunal (“CAT”) on behalf of a class (whether consumer or business) in both follow-on and … Read more

Upcoming webinars: freezing orders, class actions and contracts

Over the next few weeks we will be delivering a number of disputes-related webinars for Herbert Smith Freehills clients and contacts, including on: what to do when you’ve been given notice of a freezing order; the increasing risk of class actions in the UK; and how to know when you have a binding contract. In relation … Read more

Risks of US claims arising from acts of third parties in supply chain

In recent years, we have seen increasing efforts to hold multinational companies legally responsible for acts conducted abroad, particularly in emerging market jurisdictions, either by their own group companies, or by third parties in their supply chains. This is an increasing trend both in the English courts and in the US courts. Our New York … Read more