This seminar considered the potential for opt-out collective actions in competition cases and the new powers of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. In particular:
- How the changes will affect Scottish consumers and Scottish companies and how they will complement broader developments in consumer protection from anti-competitive practices
- Whether the new regime will result in significant growth in collective actions on behalf of consumers and whether the CAT will embrace and encourage opt-out claims
- How these actions will be organised, by whom, and the options for funding them
- What can we learn from other countries in the EU such as the Netherlands?
Our speakers were:
- Rameen Naylor-Ghobadian, barrister and legal lead on private actions reform at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
- Catriona Munro, Partner, Maclay Murray & Spens
- Kate Wellington, Senior In-House Lawyer at consumer champion Which?
- Marc Kuijper, BOEKEL
- James Blick, Director of TheJudge