GCR Live: BIS unpacks private damages consultation

GCR Live: BIS unpacks private damages consultation

09 October 2012

Speaking at GCR Live’s 4th Annual Competition Litigation Conference in London today, Iain Mansfield, assistant director of the Competition Policy Directorate at the UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), outlined the government’s position following last year’s consultation on options for reforming the country’s private antitrust litigation regime.

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John Pheasant

Hogan Lovells International


Daniel Beard QC

Monckton Chambers

Dr. Ingo Brinker

Gleiss Lutz

Peter Freeman

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Dr. Thomas Funke

Osborne Clarke

Nicholas Green QC

Brick Court Chambers

Nicholas Heaton

Hogan Lovells International

Mark Hoskins QC

Brick Court Chambers

Jeroen Kortmann


Jon Lawrence

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK

Miguel de la Mano

chief economist, UK Competition Commission

Iain Mansfield

Assistant director of competition policy, BIS

Anthony Maton


Rob Murray

Crowell & Moring

Dr Gunnar Niels


Jolling de Pree

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Alan Wiseman

Covington & Burling

CPD points

The conference has been accredited with 6.5 CPD hours from the SRA.


08:30: Registration and coffee

09.00: Chairman's introduction

John Pheasant, Hogan Lovells International

09.10: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: private actions in competition law - a consultation on options for reform

Presentation by:

Iain Mansfield, assistant director, Competition Policy Directorate, BIS

09.50: Access to document on the Commission's file - the current position and future developments

  • Access to:
    • corporate leniency statement
    • confidential versions of the Decision
    • responses to requests for information
    • other documents created for the purposes of the administrative
    • pre-existing documents
  • Inter-parties disclosure and the legal test post Pfleiderer and National Grid
  • The use of Regulation 1049/2001 and recent cases, including CDC Hydrogen Peroxide V Commission

Presentation by:

Mark Hoskins QC, Brick Court Chambers

10.30: Coffee break

10.50: Panel discussion and Q & A on first two presentations


John Pheasant, Hogan Lovells International

Iain Mansfield, BIS
Mark Hoskins QC, Brick Court Chambers
Dr. Ingo Brinker, Gleiss Lutz
Jeroen Kortmann, Stibbe
Alan Wiseman, Covington & Burling

12.00: Anchor defendants

This session will consider the limits of the use of anchor defendants including the implications of decisions in Emerson, Deutsche Bahn, Toshiba Carrier and Nokia v AU Optronics; and ECJ reference in the Bleaching cartel

Nicholas Heaton, Hogan Lovells International

12.30: Lunch

13.30: Case Study: proceedings in multiple jurisdictions

A review of the strategic and procedural issues arising when damages claims are bought in multiple European jurisdictions

Jon Lawrence, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Anthony Maton, Hausfeld
Jolling de Pree, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Dr. Thomas Funke, Osborne Clarke
Jeroen Kortmann, Stibbe
Dr. Ingo Brinker, Gleiss Lutz

15.00: Tea break

15.20: The use of economic evidence in competition law litigation - a debate

Motion: "This house believes that the system for providing economic evidence in competition cases is in need of a radical overhaul."


John Pheasant, Hogan Lovells International

Miguel de la Mano, chief economist, Competition Commission
Daniel Beard QC, Monckton Chambers
Rob Murray, Crowell & Moring
Dr Gunnar Niels, Oxera

16.30: Competition Litigation: What does the future hold?

  • Implications of the reorganisation of UK competition structures
  • The European Commission's Legislative Proposal
  • Collective redress


John Pheasant, Hogan Lovells International

Nicholas Green QC, Brick Court Chambers
Peter Freeman, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

17.10pm: Summary of the day

John Pheasant, Hogan Lovells International


The King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, United Kingdom


  • "Very interesting discussions focused on practice"

  • "Good sharing and input forum"

  • "Clearly a lot of work had gone into the conference. Excellent topics and varied formats" Laura Patrick, Hogan Lovells

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