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Who we are

Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen

Class Representative

Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen is the Senior Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the director of the Competition Law Forum. In addition, Dr Lovdahl Gormsen is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, appointed by the UK Competition and Markets Authority and sits on the advisory board of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (OUP).

As an international expert in the field, she has submitted evidence in select committee hearings in the House of Commons and given written submissions to the House of Lords, as well as addressing audiences at the White House and European Commission.

Dr Lovdahl Gormsen co-authored the paper “Facebook’s Anticompetitive Lean in Strategies” (2019) and “Facebook’s Exploitative and Exclusionary Abuses in the Two-Sided Market for Social Networks and Display Advertising", Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (2021). The latter argues that antitrust enforcement is required to prevent the company from reinforcing its data-driven abuse of market power.

Advisory council

The Advisory Council provides independent advice to the Class representative, drawing on its members' particular skills and experience.

 

The Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

Former President of the UK Supreme Court

Lord Neuberger is the President of The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), having been appointed in 2021. He was President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court between 2012 and 2017.

In 2017, he started practising as an arbitrator and legal expert at One Essex Court. Since joining One Essex Court, Lord Neuberger has been appointed arbitrator in a number of arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules, and he is ranked as a leading arbitrator in The Legal 500 2020.

 

Professor Richard Whish

Honorary Queen’s Counsel

Emeritus Richard Whish was made an Honorary Queen’s Counsel in February 2014. In 2011 he was recipient of the Global Competition Review Award for Academic Excellence. 

A legal academic and author, he was Professor of Law at King's College London from 1991 to 2013; prior to that he taught at the University of Bristol and was a Visiting Professor of Law at the College of Europe in Bruges. From 2003 to 2009 Richard was a non-executive director of the Office of Fair Trading. Formerly in practice as a partner at Watson, Farley and Williams for nine years as a qualified solicitor and continues to act as a consultant.

 

Peter Vicary-Smith

Chair of Board of Governors, Oxford Brookes University

Peter Vicary-Smith was appointed Chair (designate) of Board of Governors in November 2019. He was Chief Executive Officer of Which?, Europe’s largest consumer organisation, until 2018. During 14 years at the helm, he led its major transformation into a highly successful digital-first publisher. Peter personally led Which? advocacy activity in areas of public policy, engaging with senior Ministers, Chairs and Chief Executives of regulators and companies, both in the UK and internationally.

His other roles before Which? include spending 13 years leading fundraising for two of Britain’s biggest charities, Cancer Research UK and Oxfam, significantly increasing their income. He has also been President of BEUC, an umbrella body of 43 independent European consumer organisations.

 

Chris Pike

Partner & Managing Director (Head of Digital Markets), Fideres Partners LLP

Chris Pike is a partner, managing director and head of the digital markets team at Fideres Partners LLP, where his work focuses on anticompetitive behaviour and competition in technology markets. Prior to joining Fideres, Chris worked as a competition expert for the OECD, where he led the OECD’s economic thinking on antitrust and regulation within digital markets, as well as the role for competition law and policy in delivering inclusivity. He also led the OECD’s Competition Committee’s Working Party 2, which focused on competition policy & regulation.

Previously, Chris was Director of Competition Economics at the UK’s Healthcare Regulator. He has also advised the Competition Commission on mergers & market studies.

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