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Tim Brown

Tim specialises in competition litigation, which is international in scope. Tim was highlighted as a global leader in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of Who’s Who Legal for his Competition – Plaintiff expertise. Prior to joining Hausfeld, he was a senior associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan where he managed groundbreaking standalone and follow-on competition damages claims. 

Expertise

Tim has implemented highly effective litigation strategies resulting in multimillion-dollar recoveries. He manages all forms of group and individual action in both the High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal, including the CAT’s class action regime, alongside other major antitrust jurisdictions. Working with specialist insurers and litigation funders, Tim assists clients to resolve claims via litigation or alternative forms of dispute resolution whilst minimising costs. 

As an English qualified barrister, Tim has over 15 years’ experience of commercial law, procedure and advocacy in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and a range of other courts and specialist tribunals. He is fluent in French and regularly conducts meetings and negotiations in French.

Clients

Tim has acted for and against multinational companies located in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, in disputes arising from cartels in the automotive, financial services, pharmaceutical, retail and technology sectors. In the financial services sector, he has particular expertise in prosecuting claims on behalf of asset management firms, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and other key stakeholders, against banks that manipulated key financial benchmarks such as LIBOR, EURIBOR and in the FX markets.

Practice Areas

Competition Disputes

Tim has played a central role in the legal teams involved in groundbreaking litigation:

  • Representing a German OEM against shipping companies, MOL, NYK, CSAV, WWL-EUKOR, which supplied cartelised roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) maritime transport services on trade routes around the world.
  • Acting on behalf of European, U.S. and Asian investment management firms, state pension funds and banks against investment banks, including Barclays, Citibank, JPMorgan, RBS, UBS, that manipulated the FX markets affecting trillions of dollars’ worth of client trading. This was the first claim of its kind in Europe arising from the banks’ systemic misconduct.  
  • Representing iiyama, a Japanese manufacturer of computer monitors and televisions, in a €1 billion dispute arising from a global price-fixing cartel affecting cathode ray tubes, and in a parallel €150 million dispute concerning a similar price-fixing cartel instigated by Samsung, LG and other manufacturers of liquid crystal display panels. In an important decision for claimants generally, the Court of Appeal struck out the defendants’ interim challenges, upholding the broad territorial scope of iiyama’s claim, iiyama (UK) Ltd v Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, and iiyama Benelux BV v Samsung SDI Co Ltd, [2018 EWCA Civ 220].
  • Acting for Arcadia, Asda, Morrisons and other major UK retailers seeking damages from Visa and Mastercard in two £500 million disputes concerning unlawful multi-lateral interchange fees.

What Others Say

Who's Who Legal

Recognised as a Global Leader for Competition Plaintiff in the 2020edition of Who’s Who Legal ‘Global Leaders 2020’. 

In the 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions, Tim has been highlighted as a global leader for his Plaintiff Competition expertise.

Education

MA (Hons) in English Literature and French, The University of Edinburgh

CPE Diploma in Law, City University, London

Legal Practice Course, City University, London

Bar Admissions

Barrister, England and Wales, 2005

Affiliations & Memberships

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Competition Law Association (CLA)

The Law Society – Competition Section

Publications

"Aggravated and Exemplary Damages" - CPDCast.com, 2011

"ELA Briefing, Implied Waiver of Privilege" - Vol 14 Number, 2007

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