The objective is to bring together up-and-coming practitioners specialising in Competition to forge networks, discuss experiences and share knowledge.
- Targeted at Associates & Senior Associates through to Junior Partner and beyond
- Unique members only knowledge and networking
- Both contentious and non-contentious competition specialists catered for
ThoughtLeaders4 Competition Next Gen will run informative panel sessions and networking events, covering the most pertinent and current issues affecting Competition Law and Litigation, targeted at the junior practitioner.
Members will include:
- Junior partners, associates, counsel at law firms specialising in competition
- Junior barristers practicing in competition
- Economists and forensic accountants
- In-house counsel at all corporate institutions
- Litigation funders and Insurers
- Claims managers and administrators
- Legal PR and reputational counsel
Bringing together up-and-coming Competition practitioners to share knowledge and experience
Who Qualifies as a Next Gen Member?
Are there membership criteria?
Typically members must operate in fields related to Competition law and litigation and be between Associate and Junior Partner as a rough guide.
Does my membership end once I reach 12 -15 years in the industry?
No, this only at the point of joining.
Is there a membership fee?
No, membership is free.
Jun 2023Competition Next Gen
Bringing together up-and-coming practitioners specialising in Competition to forge networks, discuss experiences and share knowledge.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Cloud Portability and Interoperability under the EU Data Act: Dynamism versus EquivalenceRead more
The EU Digital Markets Act – A New Rulebook for Leading Technology Companies That Will Affect Their Behaviour WorldwideRead more
Antitrust in the Digital Economy—A Dive Into EU and UK Cases Alleging Self-Preferencing and Data MonopolisationRead more
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
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more