David Howe is a partner at Scott+Scott Europe, where he specialises in competition law and private enforcement claims. He trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and, after qualification, spent a further eight years in the competition and dispute resolution teams there.
David has acted for a range of multinational clients on the full spectrum of competition investigations (in both the UK and internationally) litigation and advice. He has conducted competition damages claims in the English High Court, Court of Appeal and Competition Appeal Tribunal, and also appeared in the European Court of Justice. He acted for Roche on its defence of litigation arising out of the Vitamins cartel (including in the Devenish litigation, which ruled on the availability of restitutionary and exemplary damages in follow-on claims) and, for EWS in its defence of claims brought by the administrators of Enron for damage following EWS' abuse of dominance (the first follow-on damages action to go to trial in the Competition Appeal Tribunal). He has published several articles on competition law, including in relation to the new EU Damages Directive.
David also has significant wider expertise, including in bribery, public and regulatory law, and human rights matters. For instance, he was the lead associate co-ordinating a multi-jurisdictional regulatory and public law strategy for a major consumer products company, and has acted on a number of judicial reviews for a range of clients, including (as lead associate) on a significant judicial review of the lawfulness of domestic consumer products legislation, relying primarily on EU free movement and human rights grounds. In addition to "classic" human rights claims, David also has expertise in the evolving body of hard and soft law arising out of the UN "Ruggie Principles" on Business and Human Rights, having assisted a major technology company on a full Ruggie-compliant assessment of, and mitigation strategy for, a new project.
David attended Oxford University. He studied Law and French Law, was appointed a scholar, and graduated in 2003 with First Class Honours (being placed in the top 3% of his year), and a Diploma in French Law from the Universite Pantheon-Assas (Paris II). After a year completing professional qualifications, he returned to Oxford University to study the BCL (Oxford University's LLM equivalent), graduating in 2005 with a Distinction and a university prize, and was subsequently short-listed for the All Souls Prize Fellowship. In the early years of his practice at Freshfields, David also completed an LLM in European Law at Kings College London.