Robin is a Partner at Oxera with more than 15 years’ experience, specialising in competition economics and quantifying damages. He leads Oxera’s work on disputes and damages quantification as co-chair of its Litigation and Arbitration practice. He led the Oxera team that worked on the 2009 study commissioned by the European Commission to set out the methods used to quantify antitrust damages; this study formed the basis of the Commission’s own guidance to national courts in 2013.
He has provided training to judges and lawyers from various EU member states on competition economics. He has a wide range of experience in competition-related disputes, mergers, and abuse of dominance investigations, working on cases in the UK, Ireland, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany. He has acted for both claimants/applicants and defendants/respondents in these matters.
Robin has worked on more than 40 damages quantification cases. In particular, he was the testifying expert in the UK’s first application for a class action: Dorothy Gibson vs Pride Mobility, in the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He is listed in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists. Robin has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Global Competition Litigation Review and the Competition Law Journal, and has acted as a reviewer for articles in the Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences and the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.
Selected project experience
- Advising on a dispute regarding the treatment of a cryptocurrency on a leading exchange platform (2019)
- Economic expert to truck manufacturers defending multiple damages claims following a finding of an Article 101 infringement by the European Commission (2017–)
- Economic expert to Microsoft in its claims regarding the lithium-ion batteries cartel (2015–19)
- Testifying expert in a pharmaceutical arbitration concerning a breach of contract (2017–19)
- Testifying expert in the UK’s first ever application for a class action: Dorothy Gibson vs Pride Mobility, in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (2016–17)
- Testifying expert in a dispute in Ireland regarding the VW EA189 engine emissions dispute (2016)
- Testifying expert in a class action damages quantification exercise for a defendant in Chile in the FMCG sector (2016–17)
- Economic expert in a confidential arbitration relating to assets in Eastern Europe (2016–17)
- Economic adviser to the Hausfeld claimant group in Germany regarding the VW EA189 engine emissions dispute (2016)
- Advising around 300 defendants in the context of a claim for a breach of statutory duty in the context of the EU Environmental Information regulation (2013–15)
- Advising a manufacturer of consumer goods in quantifying its claim against an EU member state government under Bilateral Investment Treaty obligations (2014–18)
- Estimated the quantum of damages caused to a client due to the exclusionary behaviour of its main competitor (2011–13)
- Expert testimony in the UK Tax Tribunal on behalf of Avon Cosmetics in a dispute with the UK tax authorities regarding VAT (2012–14)
- Adviser to National Grid in its follow-on damages claim against the gas-insulated switchgear cartelists Siemens, ABB and Areva (2010–14)
- Carried out the quantification of damages for claimants in the London High Court damages action, following on from the European Commission’s finding of a cartel in air cargo (2010–)
- Assessed the size of damages that could potentially be claimed against a defendant in a cartel damages action (2009–13)
- Assisting RWE Dea in its defence against a claim for damages, in the context of its participation in the paraffin waxes cartel (2009–11)
- Acted as economic expert in a South African grocery wholesaler merger; cross-examined in the Competition Tribunal (2009)
- Providing analysis to Nationwide Airlines in an abuse-of-dominance case before the South African Competition Tribunal, against South African Airways (2009)
- Quantifying follow-on damages for Nokia against the LCD cartel (2008–13)
- Providing advice and analysis to the South African Competition Commission in its case against alleged exclusionary agreements between British American Tobacco and retailers (2006–08)
- Noble, R., Bell, J. and Shah, K. (2017), ‘Class actions: the mobility scooters case’, Competition Law Journal, 16:3, pp. 221–230.
- Niels, G. and Noble, R. (2014), ‘Quantifying Antitrust Damages – Economics and the Law’, chapter in K. Hüschelrath and H. Schweitzer (eds), Public and Private Enforcement of Competition Law in Europe: Legal and Economic Perspectives, ZEW and Springer.
- Jenkins, H., Niels, G. and Noble, R. (2013), ‘The South African Airways cases: blazing a trail for Europe to follow?’, chapter 7, in K. Moodaliyar and S. Roberts, The development of competition law and economics in South Africa, HSRC Press.
- Noble, R. (2010), ‘Antitrust damages quantification: towards practical guidance for European courts’, Global Competition Litigation Review, April.
- Fields, L., Horncastle, A. and Noble, R. (2009), ‘Water competition and the Cave Review: a clear way forward?’, Competition Law Journal, 8:3, pp. 238–47.
- Noble, R. and Pilsbury, S. (2008), ‘Is 10 per cent the Answer? The Role of Legal Presumption in Private Competition Litigation’, Global Competition Litigation Review, 1:3, pp. 124–32.
- MSc Politics of the World Economy, London School of Economics, UK
- BSc Economics, University of Bristol, UK