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November 16, 2015
Covington hosted a media roundtable with Brick Court Chambers to discuss the UK class action regime, and the effect of rule 119 of the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s provision. The Times of London and Global Competition Review covered the discussion.
Kenny Henderson said the new rule doesn’t “fit the new environment” otherwise created by the Consumer Rights Act regime. “I think the most immediate practical effect is that it’s slowed down the plaintiff bar, who were no doubt rubbing their hands with glee, with a few cases ready to bring,” he added.
According to Alex Leitch, either “judicial common sense” would prevail to find a way round the limitation period issues, or the government would have to draft new regulations.