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We are at the forefront of collective actions in the UK and EU, with the ability to draw heavily on  BCLP’s heavyweight US class action practice where class actions has been a core practice for more than 30 years. We are proud of the UK defence work we have undertaken in environmental class claims, our cutting-edge antitrust class action defence work in France and our work in the antitrust collective action space in the UK. In the regulatory enforcement context, we have supported clients before the UK FCA in implementing and designing extensive formal consumer redress schemes.

Our clients benefit from:

  • Our experience of acting and deploying winning strategies for both claimants and defendants. We understand both sides of the case.
  • Our track record in both Court success and settlement negotiations.
  • Our knowledge of effectively using third party funding in these cases.
  • Innovative technology that we deploy to create fast and efficient solutions.
  • Our in-house Forensic Services team to examine the quantum aspects of a claim, at a very early stage, before instructing independent experts if required.

"We rely on them for our most complex cases." Chambers U.K. 2020

“Maintains a strong profile for its representation of an impressive roster of blue-chip companies in reinsurance disputes, including those arising from major instances of political unrest and financial misconduct as well as natural disasters.” Chambers U.K. 2020

Representative Experience

  • Assisting a major French bank faced with criminal and civil charges of commercial malpractice (duty of information, duty to warn, duty of advice, unfair term, legality of escalator clause) in the context of a class action, brought by consumer associations and hundreds of individuals, relating to a portfolio of real estate loans which were granted to individuals in a foreign currency. Proceedings are under criminal investigations and pending before the civil and commercial courts. As well as legal advice on regulatory issues connected with the charges legal issues arising from this case were also examined at a European level before the ECJ.
  • Defended the operator in a multi-party odour nuisance claim relating to its landfill site. Several years’ worth of nuisance were claimed, with an extremely large number of claimants in the class. The claim was handled in parallel with enforcement action by the Environment Agency, also in connection with odour.
  • Acted for a large class of individual clients under a Group Litigation Order in both tranche one and tranche two of the UK phone hacking litigation against News Group Newspapers including having acted for one of the five lead claimant cases in the first phone hacking litigation. One of our Partners gave evidence before the Leveson Inquiry both as a witness of fact and as one of only three claimant side expert lawyers.
  • Our French Competition and Distribution Team advised on one of the first class actions lodged by a consumer association. This was one of the first-ever class actions launched in France. The Paris Court of First Instance ruled in favor of our client.
  • Advised an international insurance company, as part of defence of FCA regulatory enforcement actions, in the design and implementation of comprehensive remediation programme (following mis-selling concerns), which included: extensive “past business review” and associated compensation; changes to product design and policy documentation;  and strengthened governance, oversight and compliance generally in respect of outsourced customer services functions.
  • Having acted for a Japanese wire harness producer in the European Commission’s cartel investigation (and a parallel UK criminal investigation), our London team acted as co-counsel in defence of a series of “indirect” class action claims from car purchasers in the US and Canada, including advising on factual aspects key to certification and on the extent of disclosure.