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BCLP was proud to sponsor the ICLG Global Class Actions Symposium on Nov. 16-17 in London at The Law Society. It was successfully held virtually last year but this year it was a hybrid event, with over half of the acceptances attending in-person.

Partner Robert Boone spoke on a panel “Conditions for class certification,” hosted on Nov. 16. Please click here to watch this panel session. His panel looked over requirements in the US and points of interest and certification post-Merricks, as well as how certification in the US has got more difficult over the past decade. Robert’s key takeaway from the event was “As more collective actions are processed by the court, and we see how certified claims fare post-CPO approval, the scrutiny applied at the certification / CPO stage may become more rigorous.  I also predict more creative claims will be asserted under the Competition Law, including possible bootstrapping of predicate misconduct under other statutes/regulations that may be characterized as infringing.”

Partner Ed Coulson also chaired a panel “The role of the lawyer in class actions,” hosted on Nov. 17. Please click here to watch this panel session. His panel looked at how lawyers have a much wider role in class actions than in usual litigation – for example, lawyers can sometimes act as entrepreneurs of the procedure. In such circumstances, what issues are raised by the rules of ethics? How does the role of the lawyer in the US differ from the role of lawyers in Europe? Ed’s key takeaway from the event was “Great international interest in developments in UK collective actions which are now firmly up and running in the competition space. And lots of debate about what the future holds for data breach claims. A pleasure to chair a panel at this very enjoyable conference joined by class action colleagues from the UK, US, Canada, Netherlands and Israel.”

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