UK Competition Law: The New Framework

UK Competition Law: The New Framework


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This book provides a comprehensive practitioner guide to the new competition law framework in the UK, following the widespread and significant reforms introduced in April 2014 and brought about by the Enterprise Regulatory and Reform Act 2013 (ERRA 2013); and reforms brought about by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

It considers the "new politics" of UK competition law: the increasing re-politicization of competition policy in the UK, and how different elements of the regime (civil, criminal and administrative) interact. The book summarizes the existing regime, considering how it has fared since the Competition Act came into force in 2000. It considers the administrative enforcement regime, including institutional reform of the functions of the CMA, sectoral regulators, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and the Secretary of State; and the enforcement process. It then covers the merger control regime, including fixed time limits, merger notice and information gathering powers, interim measures, due process, and remedies. It examines the powers and remit of the various sector regulators in terms of promoting competition and enforcing competition law, as well as the UK Competition Network and the wide-ranging remit of the FCA regarding financial services markets. It also analyses individual criminal liability, the cartel offence-both in its original form and as amended by the ERRA-and procedural issues. Finally, the book examines private enforcement, including the development of private competition litigation in the UK, the changes introduced by the Consumer Rights Act and the EU directive on damages actions for competition law infringements

This is an essential guide to the new competition law framework in the UK, offering clear critical analysis as well as practical guidance on the full implications of these wide-ranging reforms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198757245
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/03/2016
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ros Kellaway, Partner, Eversheds,Rhodri Thompson, Barrister, Matrix Chambers,Christopher Brown, Barrister, Matrix Chambers

Christopher Brown is a Barrister at Matrix Chambers, specialising in competition law, EU law and public law. He is co-convenor of the LLM course in UK Competition Law at King's College London.

Rhodri Thompson is a senior Barrister at Matrix Chambers, specialising in competition law and EU law. He is the Joint Chair of the Joint Working Party of the UK Bars and Law Societies on Competition Law and Honorary Treasurer of the UKAEL.

Ros Kellaway is a partner in Eversheds' UK Commercial practice and Head of its UK firm wide Competition Law group. She specialises in cartels and competition investigations. Ros is a member of the CBI Competition Law Committee and also the Joint Bar Council and Law Society Working Party on competition law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Christopher Brown, Ros Kellaway & Rhodri Thompson
2. The Creation of the Competition and Markets Authority, Lesley Farrell
3. The Administrative Enforcement Regime, Christopher Brown, James Robinson & Julia Woodward-Carlton
4. Merger Control, Stephen Rose & Adam Ferguson
5. The Market Investigations Regime, Stephen Rose & Adam Ferguson
6. The Sectoral Regulation, Adam Collinson & Julia Woodward-Carlton
7. Individual Criminal Liability: The Cartel Offence, Tim Owen QC, Aaron Watkins & Joanna Buckley
8. Private Enforcement, Jessica Simor QC, Nicholas Gibson, Ben Silverstone & Anita Davies

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