Competition law is a complex but important area of law. The fines that can be levied by competition authorities can be extremely high and private litigation relating to infringements of competition law are becoming increasingly common.
We advise on a wide range of commercial disputes and regulatory investigations relating to EU and UK competition law. This includes advising on:
- commercial disputes involving alleged infringements of Article 101 (prohibition on anti-competitive agreements) and Article 102 (abuse of a dominant position) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, and the equivalent provisions under UK law
- mergers and working with the CMA
- ‘follow-on’ and ‘standalone’ damages actions in respect of infringement decisions
- regulatory investigations by the Competition & Markets Authority and European Commission, including cartel investigations and investigations in relation to alleged anticompetitive agreements in distribution agreements and alleged resale price maintenance
We are also able to attend dawn raids held by competition authorities. If you are subject to a dawn raid and need assistance, please contact one of the key contacts listed.
Dispute Resolution Update - July 202020 July 2020
Welcome to our July 2020 Dispute Resolution Update. We've included articles on a range of issues, including features on Covid-19, Professional Services and Sports Disputes. Since our last Update, Covid-19 and the enforced lockdown has turned life upside down for many businesses and individuals. As the world has adjusted, contentious issues have started to emerge. Not only can we help resolve such issues once they arise, we can also work with you to reduce the risk of litigation. If you have any feedback, comments or queries let us know by contacting Paula Barry.
CMA’s proposed regime to ‘take on’ tech giants – a privacy perspective14 July 2020
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") published its final report on its market study into online platforms and digital advertising, calling for "a new pro-competition regulatory regime to govern the behaviour of major platforms funded by digital advertising, like Google and Facebook". It is proposed that the new regime would be overseen by a ‘Digital Markets Unit’ which would be given powers of intervention.
Important new case on disclosure, but has anyone noticed?29 April 2020
Given the dominance of the coronavirus over all aspects of life, including the law, it would be easy to miss the appearance of a new case about one of the basics of litigation.
Legal Professional Privilege Update22 April 2020
This guide is intended to provide a brief overview of legal professional privilege. It identifies some practical steps which will help to maintain privilege and concludes with a privilege “flowchart” and table of commonly used terms.
Dispute Resolution Update - March 202012 March 2020
Welcome to our March 2020 Dispute Resolution Update. We’ve included articles on a range of disputes, including summaries of recent cases and guides on key aspects of dispute resolution. With an increasingly globalised and fast changing environment, disputes are an inevitable part of business. Not only can we help resolve disputes once they arise, we also work with our clients to reduce the risk of litigation. If you have any feedback, comments or queries let us know by contacting Rachel Rooksby.
Dispute Resolution Update - January 202016 January 2020
Welcome to our January 2020 Dispute Resolution Update. We’ve included articles on a range of disputes, including summaries of recent cases and guides on key aspects of dispute resolution. With an increasingly globalised and fast changing environment, disputes are an inevitable part of business. Not only can we help resolve disputes once they arise, we also work with our clients to reduce the risk of litigation. If you have any feedback, comments or queries let us know by contacting Rachel Rooksby.
Without Prejudice and Without Prejudice Save as to Costs – Reasons to be Careful21 November 2019
The judgment in Sternberg Reed Solicitors v Andrew Paul Harrison  EWHC 2065 (Ch) has put practitioners on notice that mislabelling without prejudice correspondence may have serious implications.
“Once privileged, always privileged”24 October 2019
The Court of Appeal has held that legal advice privilege attaching to communications between a company client and its lawyers survived the dissolution of the company client, even where the Crown had disclaimed its interest in the documents concerned.