Luke is a competition litigation specialist.
Luke has acted on some of the largest and most complex competition litigation matters in recent years, including bringing and defending major collective proceedings before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and advising a group of leading financial institutions in relation to the litigation and settlement of multi-party actions in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court.
He has extensive knowledge of the collective proceedings regime under the Consumer Rights Act and is part of the Hausfeld team representing Justin Gutmann in bringing the first ever standalone claim under this regime.
Luke is also part of the team representing Duncan McCann in his landmark representative action in the High Court, brought on behalf of children and parents in England and Wales, for breach of data protection rules by YouTube.
Furthermore, Luke possesses extensive experience in complex international litigation, arbitration, and cross border insolvency proceedings.
He joined Hausfeld from Allen & Overy LLP where he was a senior associate in their competition litigation practice. Committed to defending civil liberties and human rights, Luke has an active pro bono practice. He also undertook time on secondment at Liberty.
Luke has acted for a range of governments, financial institutions, financial corporations and high net worth individuals in advancing and defending high value claims in the High Court, and in ICC, LCIA, LMAA and ECT arbitral proceedings.
Luke is part of the competition team at Hausfeld working on:
- Trains - The first standalone collective action to be filed in the UK. Hausfeld filed a claim on behalf of millions of rail passengers in the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the operators of the South Western and Southeastern rail franchises. The opt-out, collective action is being led by Justin Gutmann, formerly of Citizens Advice and an experienced campaigner on consumer issues.
- SSE plc & ors v Prysmian Cables & Systems Ltd and Others, representing companies with claims arising out of a global cartel in the high voltage cables manufacturing sector.
Formerly an Associate in Cleary Gottlieb’s London office, he:
- Represented clients contesting and supporting decisions by competition authorities, including representing Ryanair in challenging decisions of the Competition Commission prohibiting the purchase of Aer Lingus.
- Acted for Metlac in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal supporting the CMA’s decision to block a hostile takeover by AkzoNobel.
Prior to joining Hausfeld, Luke gained experience:
- Managing a cross border team in LMAA arbitral proceedings advancing claims relating to the construction and delivery of a €500m superyacht.
- Acting for a high street bank in defending High Court proceedings regarding the sale of a distressed debt portfolio, including ancillary insolvency proceedings in the Chancery Division of the High Court.
- Advising an AIM listed mining company in defending mass tort claims relating to operations in Sierra Leone.
- Representing a Caribbean government in a $60m Bermuda arbitration claim.
- Duncan McCann v Google: a multi-billion pounds claim brought on behalf of up to 5 million British children aged under 13 and their parents. The claim alleges that YouTube’s methods of targeting underage audiences constitute major violations of the UK Data Protection Act and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), both of which were designed to protect citizens’ privacy rights.
Competition Counseling and Compliance
Luke speaks and writes regularly on competition issues. His most recent articles can be found in the dedicated ‘Articles’ section below. In addition:
"The new landscape of privilege in investigations" - Commercial Dispute Resolution, Winter 2017 edition, co-authored with Mahmood Lone and Michelle de Kluyver
"Collective Actions Europe Stands Divided: Insights into Established Approaches on the other side of the Atlantic" – American Bar Association, Antitrust Vol.32, No.1, 2017, co-authored with Ellen Braun
Presentations & Speeches
Luke was part of an expert panel at the Thomson Reuters Competition Law Conference, 29 November 2017: Damages and Private Enforcement.