The Winter’s Tale is notorious for Shakespeare’s most difficult stage direction. Antigonus, charged with the safe carriage of the royal new born baby, delivers the child to the shores of Bohemia, only to be pursued off stage and mauled by an opportunistic shaggy bear. The EU’s new wonderchild, the Damages Directive, has had a difficult conception. Ten years in the making, it was finally delivered by the Commission in December 2014 and is due to be implemented by December this year. This development has been heralded as an important catalyst for private enforcement, levelling the playing field between national courts and shifting the balance of arms to make it easier for claimants to pursue their claims for redress.