Camilla Sanger

Partner
Joined firm 2007. Partner since 2018.

Camilla Sanger has wide experience of handling complex and substantial disputes which often span multiple jurisdictions. Her practice covers commercial, banking and competition litigation and contentious regulatory investigations, as well as internal reviews. She has acted for a number of major corporates, banks and other financial services institutions.

A particular focus of her practice is on class and group action claims; she has acted on many significant class action proceedings, including some of the highest profile competition-litigation claims before the English courts.

Highlights include advising:

  • Volkswagen AG in a claim it has brought to recover damages arising from the Roll-on/Roll-off shipping cartel, which was issued before the Commercial Court in late November 2020.
  • BHP Group PLC and other entities who are defendants to claims arising out of the collapse of the Fundão Dam in Brazil. The case involves over 200,000 claimants advancing claims under Brazilian law. The claim has been described in the press as one of the largest lawsuits in English legal history.
  • Mercuria Energy Europe Trading in claims brought against it and its co-defendant, The Royal Bank of Scotland, arising out of missing trader vat in the carbon emissions market (“carousel fraud”).
  • Louis Dreyfus on significant damages claims related to an alleged cartel in the Brazilian orange juice market.
  • A UK supermarket chain in relation to threatened civil claims relating to allegations made in the Guardian newspaper in June 2023 regarding alleged human rights abuses at a pineapple farm in Kenya. The claims are threatened by Leigh Day on behalf of 134 villagers living near the farm.
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank in relation to both the High Court litigation and the proposed collective proceedings brought in the Competition Appeal Tribunal arising out of the forex investigations.
  • First MTR South Western Trains in respect of the first standalone and first alleged abuse of dominance related collective proceedings brought in the Competition Appeal Tribunal under the UK's competition class action regime.
  • The Board of TSB in the independent review of TSB’s 2018 migration to a new IT platform, which resulted in the publication of Slaughter and May’s Report on 19 November 2019.
  • Philips on three significant follow-on damages claims arising out of infringement decisions of the European Commission.
  • BAT plc in respect of a group claim threatened by Malawian tobacco farmers, concerning allegations of child and forced labour on third party farms in Malawi.
  • Google on a standalone abuse of dominance claim brought by Unlockd seeking injunctive relief.
  • British Airways in relation to the multijurisdictional follow-on damages actions arising as a result of the US Department of Justice and European Commission investigations into an alleged air cargo cartel.
  • Deutsche Bank on investigations by Government agencies across multiple jurisdictions including the US, UK and Germany in relation to the setting of various interbank benchmark rates, and on the subsequent coordinated settlements.
  • Banco Santander Totta in successful litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal relating to the validity of interest rate swaps entered into on ISDA terms between the bank and Portuguese public sector companies.
  • A multinational utility company on an investigation in respect of allegations of internal risk control failures and related improper risk management actions, including alleged breaches of FCA rules.
  • An electronic payment services company in respect of a significant commercial contractual dispute with its counterparty, which included successfully obtaining an out of hours injunction from the High Court to ensure the continuity of business services to our client.

Sources describe Camilla as “highly intelligent’. She balances “litigation risks extremely well and tries hard to balance what the client wants with what is achievable to produce the best possible outcome”. Chambers and Partners 2024, Competition Litigation

Described as “fully across the case and managing dealing with the clients”. She is recognised for her strong technical abilities and is described as “personable” and “easy to approach”. Legal 500 2023, Banking litigation: Investment and Retail and Chambers and Partners 2022, Competition Litigation.

Camilla is ranked Band 2 for Competition Litigation in Chambers and Partners 2024. She is also recognised as a leading individual for both Competition Litigation and Commercial Litigation, and as a next generation partner for Banking Litigation in Legal 500 2024.

Camilla is also listed as a leading individual in Who’s Who Legal: Competition Future Leaders – Partners 2023 publication. She is the editor of The Class Actions Law Review and the author of numerous publications focusing on private enforcement including the EU chapters of the Private Competition Enforcement Review and the Global Competition Review.