Former Head of Volvo European Litigation, Kelda Groves, Joins Hagens Berman UK LLP
LONDON – Kelda Groves, former head of European litigation at Volvo Group, has joined the partnership of Hagens Berman UK, the London firm of globally renowned US class-action law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.
Kelda will lead the UK firm’s competition and group litigation practice and manage Hagens Berman UK’s litigation against Mercedes regarding its use of illegal emission control defeat devices which harm consumers and the environment.
Prior to joining Hagens Berman UK, Kelda led and managed Volvo Group’s European litigations, including one of the largest pieces of antitrust litigation in Europe, the Trucks Litigation, in which the European Commission fined MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF for breaching EU antitrust rules by running a price-fixing cartel for medium-sized and heavy trucks. During her more than three years at Volvo, Kelda addressed claims in over 15 countries and collective actions in the UK, Netherlands and Germany. Kelda has a proven track record in corporates, investment banks and global law firms, with extensive financial services experience from her more than 10 years at HSBC, as head of complaints and investigations, and at Credit Suisse, managing the European litigation portfolio.
Kelda will be based out of Hagens Berman UK’s London office, enlarging its robust Mercedes litigation team, which has expanded its size to more than a dozen as the case against Mercedes intensifies. The firm is the sole UK firm to have issued a claim against Mercedes and is leading the effort for those in England and Wales who were harmed by the automaker’s emissions-cheating scandal affecting its diesel vehicles sold and leased both to individuals and businesses. Hagens Berman has so far onboarded more than 9,000 clients who have been verified as owners of affected vehicles and who are able to claim compensation and continues to convert interested parties into fully registered clients.
“Kelda’s unique experience fits ideally with our firm’s objective to bring the best resources to bear for those impacted by corporate malfeasance,” said Steve Berman, Hagens Berman’s managing partner. “Her experience in group litigation on the defendant side of litigation provides insights into defence tactics and further positions Hagens Berman UK as a stand-out claimant firm in the UK, especially for those harmed by Mercedes’ diesel scandal.”
Kelda said, “As opportunities for consumer redress open in the United Kingdom and Europe, I am very excited to join a firm with such a leading reputation for winning compensation and justice for consumers.”
“Kelda brings to Hagens Berman UK an impressive track record of leading litigation teams and managing teams to success,” said Hagens Berman UK co-managing director and partner, Michael Gallagher. “We are delighted to welcome Kelda to the team and for us and our clients to benefit from her experience and advocacy. The skillset she brings is a perfect cultural and strategic fit.”
Hagens Berman UK is headquartered in London and focuses its practice on competition and group litigation, as well as investor fraud. The firm expands the global reach of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP with offices in Seattle, Berkeley, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and San Diego.
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(7 September 2021)