The UK Class Actions Forum - The 4th Annual

Join Experienced Practitioners to Navigate the Evolving UK Group Litigations and Class Actions Landscape

15th - 16th October 2024 - Central London

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James Hennah
Dispute Resolution Partner
Linklaters

James has extensive experience acting on behalf of corporate and financial services institutions in connection with the defence of group litigation and class actions, and in connection with contentious competition.

James’s work defending clients against group litigation covers a variety of topics, including allegations concerning ESG, financial misconduct and competition law. James is instructed on some of the most complex and high-profile disputes in this area, in particular where those disputes involve cross-jurisdictional elements.

James has a particular depth of expertise in connection with disputes concerning allegations of breaches of competition law, having been, and continuing to be, involved in many of the key cases before the English courts over the last decade as this area of litigation has emerged in England.


James Hennah
James Hennah Dispute Resolution Partner
Linklaters
Bill Batchelor
Partner
Skadden

Mr. Batchelor regularly represents clients on EU and global merger control matters and litigation, and provides counsel on distribution and collaboration agreements in complex and highly regulated industries, such as health care, financial services, insurance, media and entertainment, and gambling, among others.


Bill Batchelor
Bill Batchelor Partner
Skadden
Bruce Macaulay
Partner
Skadden

Mr. Macaulay has been recommended as a leading individual for over a decade in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK. He has been described in these publications as an “unflappable” lawyer who “has extremely good judgement and is a ruthless tactician;” and is “rock solid;” “tenacious;” “a financial disputes expert;” and a “seasoned litigator.” He was included in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021’s annual Global Leaders list and Lawdragon’s inaugural Global Litigation 500 list in 2021, and he also is recommended in Chambers Global and Best Lawyers. Mr. Macaulay is part of Skadden’s London arbitration practice that is ranked in the first tier for international arbitration across major legal directories.


Bruce Macaulay
Bruce Macaulay Partner
Skadden
Wessen Jazrawi
Partner
Hausfeld

Wessen specialises in large-scale competition damages litigation, on behalf of both corporate entities and consumers in opt-out claims. She is passionate about access to justice, and also plays a key role in our human rights & environmental practice. 

 

At Hausfeld, she has conducted litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, High Court and the Court of Appeal, and has extensive experience on both traditional competition damages claims and collective actions. Examples of the former include some of the most well-known competition cases of recent years such as the MasterCard / Visa interchange fee litigation and the Marine Hose cartel. In the collective sphere, she is acting for Christine Riefa Class Representative Ltd in proposed collective proceedings against Apple and Amazon and for Liz Coll in collective proceedings against Google. She also acted for the proposed class representative, the Consumers’ Association (Which?), in an abuse of dominance claim against Qualcomm on behalf of a class of UK consumers. Finally, she acted for Privacy International in its intervention before the Competition Appeal Tribunal in relation to the Meta / Giphy merger and in relation to the Amazon/iRobot matter before the European Commission.


Wessen Jazrawi
Wessen Jazrawi Partner
Hausfeld
Boris Bronfentrinker
Partner
Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Boris Bronfentrinker heads Willkie’s Antitrust & Competition Litigation practice in London. He is a solicitor advocate practicing in complex commercial litigation, with particular experience in competition litigation. He has represented clients, both as claimants and defendants, in leading and high profile cases in both the High Court of England & Wales and the Competition Appeal Tribunal, as well as coordinating competition litigation proceedings in other jurisdictions globally. Regularly acting for both claimants and defendants gives Boris a unique perspective and insight into the conduct of competition disputes from both sides. Boris is experienced in not only litigating cases to judgment but also resolving claims through alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation. Boris is recognised and highly ranked by Who’s Who Legal, Chambers UK, Chambers Europe, Chambers Global and The Legal 500, placing him among the best globally in the area of competition litigation.


Boris Bronfentrinker
Boris Bronfentrinker Partner
Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Harriet Ellis
Partner, London
Linklaters (UK)

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Experience

Harriet is experienced in a broad range of commercial and financial services litigation, and has worked on some of the firm’s most complex and high profile recent cases.

Recent cases include representing News International before the Leveson Inquiry; working on the investigation into the Department for Transport’s handling of the West Coast rail franchise competition; and advising the administrators of the Lehman Brothers companies following the bank’s well-publicised collapse in September 2008.

Professional experience

2013 to date Partner, Linklaters
2009 - 2013 - Managing Associate, Linklaters
2005 - 2009 - Associate, Linklaters
2003 - 2005 - Trainee Solicitor, Linklaters

Education

2001 to 2002 Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course (Distinction)
1998 to 2001 Christ Church, Oxford University, Jurisprudence (First)


Harriet Ellis
Harriet Ellis Partner, London
Linklaters (UK)
Jennifer Miles
Partner
Eversheds Sutherland

Jennifer is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Management Team at Eversheds Sutherland. She handles a broad range of complex disputes and investigations for clients in the financial and professional services sectors. Jennifer recently defended an international bank in the Ingenious Litigation, a funded group action involving over 350 claimants which featured in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases for 2022, and is noted for her work on group claims in Legal 500.


Jennifer Miles
Jennifer Miles Partner
Eversheds Sutherland
Craig Watt
Partner & Solicitor Advocate
Brodies LLP

Craig is an experienced commercial litigator. He advises clients in the commercial, financial services and energy sectors how to resolve disputes, with a particular interest in interpreting and advising upon complex contracts. Craig is increasingly called upon to advise clients on the defence of Group Proceedings in Scotland.

Whilst he has significant experience in conducting the progress of court cases in the Court of Session and Sheriff Court, he has also represented clients in International Arbitrations, under both the Scottish Arbitration and ICC Rules.

Craig is a Solicitor Advocate within the 'Advocacy by Brodies' set, and can appear before all Courts in Scotland and the Supreme Court and Privy Council in London. He has extensive Court, Inquiry and Tribunal advocacy experience.


Craig Watt
Craig Watt Partner & Solicitor Advocate
Brodies LLP
Koen Rutten
Partner
Finch Dispute Resolution (The Netherlands)

Koen Rutten is one of the founding partners of Finch Dispute Resolution. He is a corporate and financial litigation specialist. Koen has extensive practical experience acting in class actions and collective claims before the Dutch courts. He acts mainly on the plaintiff side. Koen specializes in securities litigation and is acting on behalf of investors in high-profile cases including class actions. He specializes in antitrust cases, but also in consumer related matter. His work covers all industries, but mainly his focus is on banking, telecom and the energy. He advises litigation funders worldwide on the funding of class actions in the Netherlands and is involved in setting up foundation structures to facilitate such class actions or collective claims.


Koen Rutten
Koen Rutten Partner
Finch Dispute Resolution (The Netherlands)
Natasha Johnson
Partner
Herbert Smith Freehills

Natasha is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team in our London office

Natasha is an experienced commercial litigator with expertise across a number of specialisms including class actions, contentious restructuring and insolvency and corporate governance and a range of sectors including financial services, media and consumer.


Natasha Johnson
Natasha Johnson Partner
Herbert Smith Freehills

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