The UK Cartel Offence: Farewell Dishonesty…

March 19, 2012

(by Andreas Stephan) As part of the far reaching competition reforms announced by the UK Government this week, the Cartel Offence will no longer require the prosecution to show that cartelists acted dishonestly in order to secure a conviction (pp 66-77). Some commentators have suggested this move could result in miscarriages of justice. It is in fact the most positive reform to come out of the Government’s review. Read the rest of this entry »

First Thoughts on the New UK Competition and Markets Authority

March 15, 2012

(by Bruce Lyons) The Government announced this morning that the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission in the UK are to be merged into a single Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).   This has long been predicted and it has taken a year for the government to confirm its initial inclination.  The claim is that the CMA will ‘simplify and strengthen the competition landscape’.  Will it? Read the rest of this entry »