Simmons & Simmons (London)

Devina Shah

Simmons & Simmons (London)
Lawyer (Associate)

Devina Shah is a Supervising Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration team of Simmons & Simmons’ London office. She acts on a range of commercial disputes across a number of sectors, including finance, construction and luxury goods. She has experience on cases relating to fraud, as well as shareholder and director disputes for international clients. Devina has an interest in financial matters and has worked on cases relating to the foreign exchange cartel and multilateral interchange fees based on breach of competition law. She has also prepared for lengthy, high-profile trials before the High Court, including a three-month trial for unlawful means conspiracy. She also enjoys classical music and has performed as a pianist as a music scholar at Cambridge University.

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Kenny Henderson, Jessica Foley, Devina Shah UK competition class actions : An overview of national case law in the first five years


Five years ago, on 1 October 2015, the UK introduced a class action procedure for competition claims. Following a public consultation on the proposed new regime, the Government summed up its decision to introduce an opt-out mechanism as follows : “…it is very clear that the current system of collective redress [which does not include an opt-out class action procedure] does not work. Consumers are not currently getting redress for breaches of competition law… Consumer groups have been clear that they would not take another case under an opt-in system… It is also clear that… there are some cases that could only ever be brought on an opt-out basis…”. In the consultation process, the UK Government also noted that business groups had different concerns, including that an opt-out mechanism could lead to exaggerated claims and that the U.S. class action model should be avoided.



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