Nicola Cesaites


Of Counsel


Nicola Chesaites is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel's London office. Nicola is a barrister practising in competition and European Union litigation.  She has extensive experience of competition damages litigation and litigation before the EU courts, in Luxembourg.  Nicola has represented defendants before the English High Court in competition damages claims, and advised on pan-European competition litigation. She has also appeared before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the EU in a variety of judicial review actions, including representing the EU in trade disputes.
Nicola was formerly Référendaire at the General Court of the EU, and before that was Senior Associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Brussels.  Nicola's significant experience in both UK and European litigation provides her with an extremely valuable perspective for claimants and defendants involved in multi-jurisdictional competition claims.
Nicola currently acts for a number of the world’s largest automotive companies in the recovery of damages arising from the auto parts cartels, and a client in relation to the defence of potential claims that could arise form the European Commission investigation into the trucking market.  

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College of Europe, Bruges (LLM, European Community Law, 2004)
University of Westminster (LLB, European Legal Studies, 2000)
Université Paris X, Nanterre (Licence en droit, 1999)


Member, Bar European Group
Member, Lincoln’s Inn