STEVEN PITT’s practice is focused on the resolution of high value disputes by way of mediation, arbitration (both ad hoc and under a variety of institutional rules including those of the LCIA, ARIAS, ICC and UNCITRAL) and of litigation in the High Court. His experience includes disputes arising in respect of complex structured finance products, insurance/reinsurance and significant commercial transactions. Often such work has an international element ranging from parties resident in differing jurisdictions to the application of conflict of laws principles and the need to adduce evidence of foreign law for use in English proceedings. This experience encompasses:
- Acting for an online price comparison service in its stand-alone claim against Google alleging loss and damage suffered as a result of Google’s abuse of dominant position in the related markets of internet search and search advertising contrary to Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and/or section 18 of the Competition Act 1998 and as an actionable breach of Google’s statutory duties under the European Communities Act 1972 and/or the Competition Act (Infederation Ltd v Google Inc and Others, HC12A02489). The dispute is being litigated in parallel to ongoing European Commission investigations into Google’s anti-competitive conduct.
- Also in the competition sphere, acting for an online mapping provider in its claim against Google for loss and damage suffered as a result of Google’s infringements of competition law (Streetmap.Eu Ltd v Google Inc and Others, HC13E01013).
- Working in conjunction with Sidley’s Brussels office, Steven has advised a number of significant commercial entities operating in diverse industries on the mechanisms available under English law to seek, by way of judicial review, referrals of questions of European law to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Steven was named a Super Lawyer for Commercial Litigation and Insurance law by Thomson Reuters in 2012.
Admissions & Certifications
- England and Wales (Solicitor)
- Cambridge University, M.A., 1995