Within a broad commercial disputes and competition law practice, Ricky specialises in advising on competition litigation, investigations, compliance and law reform.
He has particular experience and expertise advising on competition litigation in the English courts, Competition Appeal Tribunal and around Europe, and investigations by a broad range of competition and sectoral regulators.
Ricky also advises on compliance with UK and European competition law and has participated in competition law reform (including, most recently, aspects of the UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the UK’s implementation of the EU Antitrust Damages Directive).
Prior to joining Freshfields in 2014, Ricky qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand, where he conducted litigation at all higher levels of the court system, advised extensively on the regulated sectors, and lectured in law and economics at Victoria University of Wellington.
Defending Mastercard in the groundbreaking Merricks v Mastercard collective proceedings (class action) before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The case is reportedly the largest damages claim ever brought in the UK and the Supreme Court's judgment will determine the approach to be applied in all UK antitrust class actions. Read more in our case study.
Acting for Volvo/Renault Trucks in the co-ordination of its Europe-wide defence of claims arising from the European Commission’s decision relating to the trucks industry, including its defence of proposed collective proceedings in the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal.
Acting for the Vita Group in its defence of cartel damages claims in the English High Court and UK Competition Appeal Tribunal following the European Commission's decision concerning polyurethane foam.
Obtaining urgent injunctive relief in the English High Court on behalf of a multinational company in order to prevent an alleged abuse of dominance on a global market.
Advising companies in the consumer products, telecommunications and energy sectors on a number of investigations by competition and sectoral regulators.