Welcome to ThoughtLeaders4 Competition | Law & Litigation

A unique community connecting practitioners from both Competition Law and Litigation. Membership is free. So join now and start benefiting today.

Our Community Partners:
Shieldpay Ltd RBB Economics Verita Epiq Economic Insight Charles River Associates (CRA) Berkeley Research Group Blackhawk Network AlixPartners RPC


Become a member of ThoughtLeaders4 Competition and...

  • Join a community of experts, referrers and peers 
  • Attend events in all formats 
  • Interact using our digital Knowledge Hub
  • Learn and share expertise through the Community Magazine
  • Grow your network and business
  • Build relationships through our network of members

 

Members benefit from discounted attendance to all in-person events:

2 Day Summits, 1 Day Conferences, Circle, Residential Events

ONE COMMUNITY - 2 KEY AREAS OF FOCUS:

  1. Competition Law                                             
  2. Competition Litigation

KEY BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP:

Share, Learn and Benchmark

By collaborating with the best in business, the Community delivers exclusive insights, technical knowledge and solutions helping our Members stay ahead of the game.

Position Yourself as a Leader

By ensuring seamless and uninterrupted visibility, we help our Members to raise and promote their personal and corporate profiles.

Generate New Business

By bringing together Thought Leaders from a wide array of jurisdictions we create access to an influential audience, leading to potential cross referral work for our Members.

Membership is free and benefits include:

  • 4Sights - Networking evening panel sessions & breakfast briefings 
  • Digital Content - Unlimited attendance at virtual sessions & online webinars
  • Publications - Authoring articles for our quarterly publications and subject specific supplements
  • Next Gen - Access to our sub-community promoting the career advancement of the next-generation of practitioner 
Community members include Contentious and Non-Contentious Practitioners plus General Counsel...

Who should join?

Lawyers Lawyers
In-House Counsel In-House Counsel
Economists Economists
Legal Funders & Insurers Legal Funders & Insurers
Barristers Barristers
Judges, Arbitrators & Mediators Judges, Arbitrators & Mediators
Claims Managers & Administrators Claims Managers & Administrators
Academics Academics
Legal PR & Reputational Counsel Legal PR & Reputational Counsel
Regulators & Government Representatives Regulators & Government Representatives

Upcoming Events

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1 Day ConferenceHalf Day Conference • In-Person Event
20 Jun 2024
The UK Competition Law Forum 2024

Join your peers at this unique day Forum focused specifically on the UK’s competition regulatory landscape. This is your opportunity to gain practical perspectives and expert insight on recent and forthcoming developments to the UK’s ever-changing regime as we continue to see the establishment of the UK’s own standards, procedures and increasing investigations in the years since Brexit.


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1 Day Conference • In-Person Event
24 Sep 2024
The UK Digital Markets Competition Regulation Forum 2024 - 2nd Annual

As the first dedicated Forum to focus specifically on the UK Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Act this unique day conference brings together Government, Regulators, In-House Counsel and Private Practice to address the implications for SMS Firms, Non-SMS Firms, Business Users and Consumers exploring what we now know, contrasting with other Regimes and identifying opportunities and threats.


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2 Day Summits • In-Person Event
12 Feb 2025
The Competition Next Gen Summit 2025

For too long the competition law and litigation has lacked a dedicated Forum for the next generation of experts to build their own networks, share experiences and develop their personal brand. So with an emphasis on the quality of content and networking, the Competition Law & Litigation Next Gen Summit has been developed in collaboration with an Advisory Board of your peers.

Built around the three key themes of career development, law and litigation select your choice of keynote presentations, focused round tables, fire-side chats, panels session and case studies on the agenda. And, take the opportunity to participate in the host of unique networking opportunities and essay competition all included in one affordable conference price.


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Competition Issue 5: Riding The Rapids - Q2’s Competition Law and Litigation Update

We are delighted to present Issue 5 of the Competition Magazine, our second edition of 2024. Exploring the multifacted terrain of competition law and litigation, this edition navigates a multitude of topics. From antitrust enforcement in Brazil, class action in Portugal, and everything in between, this edition boasts top thought leadership from those within the Competition space.

This issue marks an exciting Q2 within the TL4 Competition community, and we extend our sincere thanks to our readers, contributors and valued community partners. We hope you enjoy reading the issue.


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Competition Magazine Issue 4 - The Legal Gambit: 2024’s First Moves in Law and Litigation

We are delighted to present Issue 4 by exploring of the Competition Magazine, our first edition of 2024. Once again exploring the complex  territory of competition law and litigation, this edition navigates a multitude of topics. From carriage disputes and Italian litigation, to truck cartels and class actions, this edition boasts top thought leadership from those within the Competition space.

This issue marks the start of an exciting year within the TL4 Competition community, and we extend our sincere thanks to our readers, contributors and valued community partners. We hope you enjoy reading the issue.


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Competition Magazine Issue 3 - Reflecting on the Chapters of 2023: A Year in Review of Competition Law and Litigation

We are delighted to present Issue 3 of the Competition Magazine, our annual Year in Review edition. Delving into the complex world of competition law and litigation, this edition navigates the ever-evolving competition landscape, from litigation funding and AI, to cartels and ESG, tackling a broad range of geographies and jurisdictions. This edition boasts articles from leaders in the Competition law and litigation space, providing current and cutting edge perspective on key issues facing today’s practitioners.

This issue represents a culmination of a successful year within the burgeoning TL4 Competition community, and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to our contributors, community partners,and readers. We hope you enjoy the issue.


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Competition Magazine - Issue 2

We are delighted to present Issue 2 of ThoughtLeaders4 Competition Law & Litigation Magazine. In this abounding issue, we discuss a variety of topical issues facing competition practitioners, including the Trucks Litigation, private enforcement, class actions in the CAT, artificial intelligence and more. This issue also features a series of 60 seconds with interviews with community partners, and speakers at our events.

We also look forward to seeing many of you join us at our UK Digital Markets Competition Regulation Forum, taking place on Wednesday 20 September in London.

Thank you to all our contributors, members and community partners for your ongoing support with this new and exciting Competition Community, we look forward to your continued involvement.


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The Role of Market Definition in Setting Antitrust Fines

The value of sales of an undertaking infringing antitrust law is a key determinant of the size of the fine levied by a competition authority. European competition authorities rely only on the turnover the undertaking receives from the products in relation to which the infringing conduct occurred. In contrast, UK competition authorities may also include revenue from substitutes which the infringing firm supplies. Nonetheless, there are good reasons to include substitutes in the value of sales and, as shown, their inclusion can have a material impact on the size of the fine.


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Competition Magazine - Issue 1

We are delighted to present the inaugural edition of ThoughtLeaders4 Competition Law & Litigation Magazine. The Competition Law & Litigation Community brings together key practitioners working in both the contentious and non-contentious Competition space, delivering thought provoking industry-led content and events to the full spectrum of practitioners.

In this issue, our authors discuss a variety of topics facing competition practitioners, including ESG, trends in expert witness evidence, big tech, digital design, and more. This issue also features a series of 60 seconds with interviews with some of our new community partners, and speakers at the upcoming Competition Collective Actions Forum, taking place on 6 June 2023.

Thank you to all our contributors, members and community partners for their support in the launch of the Competition Community, we look forward to welcoming even more of you over the course of 2023 and beyond.


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A List of the Big Technology Companies’ Multiple Antitrust Battles (For Those Who Have Lost Track)

The reasons why large digital technology firms sometimes cause concerns about unfair competition, and a summary of EU and UK investigations and litigation in response to those concerns

 


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CAT Collective Proceedings - February 2023 Update

A new era of consumer-focussed competition class actions is now well underway. It kicked off with the first collective proceedings order (CPO) granted by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in Merricks in the summer of 2021, opening the gates for further collective claims to be certified.


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Competition and ESG

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) is high on the agenda of corporates, consumers and regulators worldwide. Many large companies now have a regulatory obligation to report on ESG metrics; consumers are increasingly demanding ESG-friendly products; and regulators are paying close attention to ensure companies are meeting ESG targets, and are not falsely disclosing ESG-related information. A less explored area is the interplay between ESG and competition law – this blog, written by Grant Thornton (Schellion Horn, Partner, and Jake Foad, Manager, Economic Consulting) explores how competition authorities may use their existing powers in relation to ESG.


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The end of retained EU law?

The development and status of EU law within UK domestic law since the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 (so-called “Brexit day”) has been characterised as a process of “hokey cokey”: EU law has consistently been removed from, then restored in some different form into, UK domestic law.


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Collective actions in England and Wales: Emerging trends and insights for the year ahead

Market volatility, exponential growth in third-party litigation funding, legal reforms and increasing scrutiny of corporates by consumers, investors and activists have all contributed to a proliferation of class actions in England and Wales in recent years. In particular, the collective proceedings regime in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) has seen a surge in cases, with 10 of the 27 applications for a Collective Proceedings Order commenced since 2015 being brought in 2022 alone.


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Let’s cut to the Race: Antitrust and sustainability initiatives

The tension between antitrust laws and sustainability goals has come into sharp focus through the course of 2022. An ICC paper, published in the run up to COP27, provides an extensive overview of real world examples of sustainability initiatives which had been thwarted by antitrust laws and cites UN Race to Zero initiatives as an area where “(g)reater consistency and clear guidance” from regulators is deemed to be urgently needed. With news breaking last week that Vanguard has opted to pull out of the Net Zero Asset Manager’s Alliance and significant political developments in the US gathering pace (as we explore further below), the increasingly polarised debate looks set to continue.


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10 Antitrust Trends Financial Services Firms Should be Watching in 2023

In 2022, the financial services sector made the headlines in the competition law community around the world. When the head of Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission stated that it will be "engaging with the banking sector more than ever before", she could also have been expressing a global sentiment. Financial services firms should be looking at the following 10 trends for 2023.


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Uncharted Waters – Emerging Trends in Collective Proceedings Orders

Now, at the beginning of 2023, there are a number of very interesting trends that have emerged from the recent flurry of CPO registrations and certifications that are worth exploring.  This article will explore such developments and examine the precedents they are setting for ongoing and future CPOs. 


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Time to reap the benefits? The UK’s new subsidy control regime comes into effect

On 4 January 2023, the UK's Subsidy Control Act 2022 ("SCA") came fully into effect. Plans for a new subsidy control regime were first announced in September 2020 as part of the UK's commitment to the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement ("TCA"). The EU State aid rules were seen as too restrictive and a new subsidy regime was considered necessary to bring about significant benefits to protect certain industry sectors and geographic areas of the UK, and not least to help the UK Government pursue its so-called 'Levelling Up' agenda. Since the SCA received Royal Assent in April 2022, we have had something of an interim period where the provisions on subsidy control set out in the TCA agreed between the EU and UK largely continued to apply (bar a few exceptions). Now, however, the provisions of the SCA have come into force in their entirety.

This article will provide an overview of the new SCA and the subsidy control regime it has introduced in the UK, explore the key takeaways and consider the extent to which this new regime differs from the previous EU State aid rules.


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The Class System: Recent Developments in Mechanisms and Manageability for Group Litigation

Recent years have seen the expansion of group claims in England across a variety of areas of law, including competition, securities, data misuse, and mass torts. The increased volume of group claims has lead to developments in how such claims can be brought by claimants (the procedural ‘mechanism’ for the claims) and how they should be subsequently managed by the courts (the ‘management’ of the claims).   

This article addresses recent developments on these issues across the aforementioned areas of law and how they may develop in 2023.   


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Litigation funding paving the way for access to justice in the CAT

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Walter Hugh Merricks CBE v Mastercard Incorporated and Others in 2019, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has experienced a significantly increased workload in 2022 that will continue to rise next year.


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Voss Report: Recommendations to the Commission on Responsible Private Funding of Litigation

The potential for regulation is a key consideration for any emerging asset class as it reaches a level of maturity, and legal assets are no exception. Indeed, appropriate and well-informed regulation can promote stability within an asset class, potentially enabling new market opportunities. Over- or heavy-handed regulation can have the opposite effect.


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What we say

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What our members say

“Having been involved in a number of ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes events, I have always been impressed by the quality and range of knowledgeable speakers they are able to assemble for their conferences. This makes for a lively and informative discussion. Their decision to now expand in to Competition Collective Actions is therefore very exciting. The subject matter is highly topical, with competition collective actions taking off in the last couple years and now representing some of the most high profile and largest disputes before the English Courts. There is much learning to be shared, and ThoughtLeaders4Competition will no doubt bring together an impressive array of speakers to their events.”

Boris Bronfentrinker - Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK)

“The ThoughtLeaders4 Competition conferences always draw the really key players from the various stakeholders (lawyers, funders, insurers, class representatives) involved in the most interesting cases.  It is one of the few conference organisers where you consistently leave their events having learned something genuinely useful.”

Andrew Leitch - BRYAN CAVE LEIGHTON PAISNER LLP

"Building on BRG’s partnership with the Thought Leaders 4 Disputes community – which we’ve been proud to be an active part of for several years – we are delighted to be joining  the new competition-focused community from its launch. Each Thought Leaders 4 community provides a platform for collaboration and connection which we very much value and we are confident that the new competition community will play an important role in our exciting growth plans in the European and global competition policy space."

Amy Kingdon - BRG

What our
members say

“Having been involved in a number of ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes events, I have always been impressed by the quality and range of knowledgeable speakers they are able to assemble for their conferences. This makes for a lively and informative discussion. Their decision to now expand in to Competition Collective Actions is therefore very exciting. The subject matter is highly topical, with competition collective actions taking off in the last couple years and now representing some of the most high profile and largest disputes before the English Courts. There is much learning to be shared, and ThoughtLeaders4Competition will no doubt bring together an impressive array of speakers to their events.”

Boris Bronfentrinker - Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK)

“The ThoughtLeaders4 Competition conferences always draw the really key players from the various stakeholders (lawyers, funders, insurers, class representatives) involved in the most interesting cases.  It is one of the few conference organisers where you consistently leave their events having learned something genuinely useful.”

Andrew Leitch - BRYAN CAVE LEIGHTON PAISNER LLP

"Building on BRG’s partnership with the Thought Leaders 4 Disputes community – which we’ve been proud to be an active part of for several years – we are delighted to be joining  the new competition-focused community from its launch. Each Thought Leaders 4 community provides a platform for collaboration and connection which we very much value and we are confident that the new competition community will play an important role in our exciting growth plans in the European and global competition policy space."

Amy Kingdon - BRG
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Our Competition Community Partners:
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For Partnership enquiries contact:


Helen Berwick

+44 (0) 20 3433 2281
email Helen

For Membership enquires contact:


Danushka De Alwis

+44 (0) 20 3580 5891
email Danushka

For Programme enquiries contact:


Peter Miles

+44 (0) 20 3481 8843
email Peter

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