Much of UK law is based on underlying EU legislation but, no matter what the future holds, it’s definitely here to stay.
The UK has one of the best competition authorities in the world, the CMA, and its remit is only set to expand as we ‘go it alone’.
The CMA is willing to tackle any sector from pharmaceuticals to musical instruments, ophthalmologists to real estate agents. We’re talking cartels, anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance, market investigations, merger control and State aid.
How we can help
What do you need? Perhaps good corporate governance dictates training and a compliance policy or maybe it’s more urgent – a competitor is threatening to complain to the CMA. We can help you refute spurious claims (and make sound ones when you’re being treated unfairly).
If you’re considering a JV or an acquisition, we can guide you through UK merger control. We help you navigate the complexities in a jargon-free, constructive manner so you can make the best decisions.
“Lindsay is a great competition lawyer, really helpful and goes the extra mile for her clients. She was able to quickly unravel some fairly complex matters in one of the trickiest areas of competition law, on tight timescales, and gave really pragmatic and commercial advice which was easy to understand and implement. Highly recommended.”
Advising a UK Government Department on EU State aid considerations in supporting a failing sector. This involved consideration of the complex rules on aid to SMEs and access to finance under GBER and the role of public service obligations.
Advising a major household white goods manufacturer on restrictions in its supply agreements, particularly in respect of after-sales maintenance and the provision of spare parts.
Advising and training the Board of a UK-wide trade association in the recreation sector on competition compliance and policy requirements
Advising a well-known membership body (and charity) on its commercial activities, applying the rules on anti-competitive agreements (including restriction on on-line sales) and abuse of dominance.
Helping a major non-EU gas company determine whether to pursue a proposed acquisition subject to UK merger control. This involved considering CMA interest to date in the sector and carrying out market share assessments of likely (other) bidders and the merger control issues they might face.