Competition law is an unavoidable part of commercial life for businesses of all sizes – from multinationals and global brands to SMEs and start-ups.
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We advise on all aspects of this complex area, both in respect of UK and EU law representing clients in front of national and EU regulators. We also engage in regular contact with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), with whom we have shared platforms as part of our lecturing and speaking commitments.
Our clients include a range of organisations, from national trade associations in the construction sector and professional bodies to commercial organisations operating in the agro-chemical field.
We regularly advise clients who wish to enter into potentially anti-competitive agreements and/or who hold dominant positions in their respective markets, helping them eliminate – or at least minimise – the risk of contravening relevant EU and UK prohibitions. Believing that prevention is better than cure, we frequently advise clients on how to establish and maintain competition law compliance programmes.
We also advise on a pro bono basis as the Head of our Competition Law team has served for some years on the United Kingdom Competition Law Pro Bono Scheme. This scheme was set up to provide an independent source of expert advice to those who believe that their rights under competition law have been infringed – or are concerned that they might be infringing rights themselves - based on referrals by the OFT
- Devising and designing corporate compliance programmes;
- Advising client's sales and marketing executives how to avoid inadvertent contravention;
- Advising on the competition law aspects of potential and actual mergers and acquisitions;
- Defending clients against allegations of infringement;
- Redrafting commercial contracts in order to minimise the risk of contravention;
- Filing complaints with regulators on behalf of the victims of anti-competitive conduct;
- Advising on how best to take advantage of leniency programmes
- Advising on EU and UK competition law implications for mergers and joint ventures;
- Advising in connection with anti-competitive agreements and abusive conduct.
- One of our highest-profile successes was to take the French Republic to the European Court of Justice on behalf of a pharmaceutical client on the grounds that French legislation contravened free-competition provisions of the EC Treaty, securing a unanimous decision from the Court requiring the legislation to be repealed.
- Successfully defending a household-name UK supplier of products to supermarkets against high-profile allegations by the OFT of anti-competitive activities;
- Advising a leading international provider of hardware products on the EU and domestic competition law aspects of a major asset acquisition transaction, including successfully finding a way around having to notify the acquisition under the EC Merger Control Regulation;
- Advising one of the world's leading suppliers of anti-interception technology on the EU competition law aspects of its European patent licensing programme;
- Advising a multi-million pound European energy company on the extent to which it was a victim of abuses of a dominant position by UK monopolist;
- Representing a leading European healthcare provider in connection with complex competition law issues arising from major NHS outsourced contracts;
- Advising numerous trade associations on the extent to which their Articles of Association and membership criteria contravene the Competition Act 1998.