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Helping you to master Competition Law Compliance

As an in-house lawyer you probably advise your company on a broad range of legal issues. You have to be a legal jack of all trades and you're expected to be master of them all!

The Office of Fair Trading has developed a suite of materials to provide in-house lawyers with everything they need to know about competition law.

Your engagement with the OFT's Guidance on competition law should make it easy for you to give your company the assurance it needs to be compliant.


Freshfields competition veteran heads to Milbank's London arm

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition partner Nicholas Spearing has left the firm to join the City arm of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Spearing, who joined Freshfields in 1978 and made partner in 1984, has already joined Milbank, where he is the first UK competition partner in the firm's London office. 

06 Jun 2012 | 02:13


Cleary checks in for competition role on new Ryanair Aer Lingus bid

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has won a role to advise Ryanair on competition aspects of its latest bid for Irish aviation rival Aer Lingus. Ryanair, which already owns 30% of Aer Lingus, has made a new offer which values the airline at €694m (£560m). Arthur Cox chairman Eugene McCague is advising Aer Lingus on the corporate aspects of the bid, alongside Dublin corporate partner Stephen Hegarty, while it is understood that regular adviser A&L Goodbody is representing Ryanair on corporate law. 

21 Jun 2012 | 10:30


Emerging risks - growing compliance problems in emerging economies

The risk of having to pay bribes to get business done in many emerging markets is prevalent: from being granted a concession, an operating licence or a contract by an emerging markets government, to getting goods cleared at customs, obtaining immigration visas and being connected to the local electricity grid or telephone network.. 

04 May 2012 | 12:00


Government consults on class action-style competition reforms

The Government is considering introducing 'opt-out' collective actions to enable consumers and businesses to more easily reclaim losses resulting from anti-competitive behaviour. The proposal, which could bring the UK's regime more in line with the US class action system, is part of a consultation launched by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) yesterday (24 April). 

25 Apr 2012 | 04:48


Linklaters turns to A&O for London competition partner hire

Linklaters is to strengthen its City competition team with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Simon Pritchard. Pritchard, whose recruitment was confirmed at Linklaters’ partner conference in Montreux last weekend (20-21 April), has been a partner at A&O since 2009. Before this he was senior director, responsible for mergers at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). His start date with Linklaters has yet to be confirmed. 

27 Apr 2012 | 11:24


Was Jeremy Hunt’s handling of the News Corp-BSkyB deal unlawful?

This week's big news was the relevation at the Leveson Inquiry of the e-mails from Frederic Michel to his NewsCorp colleagues about his contact with Jeremy Hunt, or at least with Jeremy Hunt’s special adviser, while Hunt was preparing to decide whether or not to refer NewsCorp’s bid for BSkyB to the Competition Commission. 

25 Apr 2012 | 03:22

Cuffed white collar crime attracts low tariffs

Cartels and law reform – a conspiracy against the public

Adam Smith is often quoted for his comment on cartels: "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices". Less well known is the sentence which followed: "It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty and justice." 

18 Apr 2012 | 12:51


Freshfields scores dispute double with roles on two key Apple cases

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won key roles on two high-profile disputes involving US tech giant Apple, as the company goes head-to-head with both Samsung and the US Department of Justice (DoJ). The magic circle firm is advising Apple on its design infringement claim against Samsung, as it attempts prevent its tech rival from selling its Galaxy tablet across Europe in light of alleged similarities to its iPad. 

16 Apr 2012 | 05:43


Tougher, maybe faster – advisers assess an attempt to reform competition policy

Greater rigour or streamlined efficiency? Confusion about the real purpose of the looming merger of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Competition Commission (CC) perhaps explains the ambivalent reaction to the proposals announced on 15 March. Because, as competition advisers have argued since the Government floated the idea of unifying the antitrust agencies last October, those aims can easily come into conflict. 

30 Mar 2012 | 12:00


For whom the whistle blows - the rise of corporate whistle-blowing

Charlotte Edmond assesses the growing trend for competition watchdogs to pursue cases via corporate whistle-blowing 

22 Sep 2011 | 12:00


A cautionary tale: how a competition law breach led to a jail term for one BA exec

It was while lying on my top bunk in a dormitory in a federal prison camp in Florida when I originally had the idea that my story could make executives sit up and listen and really bring compliance training to life. 

22 Sep 2011 | 12:00

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Magic circle firms among line-up advising on accountancy competition probe

Linklaters, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are among a host of firms acting for accountancy giants embroiled in an ongoing Competition Commission investigation. 

15 Mar 2012 | 11:18


Check, and check again - why the Bribery Act and competition law could be a lethal combination

Sullivan & Cromwell's Juan Rodriguez and Louise Delahunty warn the Bribery Act and competition law could prove a lethal combination for companies with poor compliance 

27 Oct 2011 | 12:00


EU and Competition: Revolution and revolving doors

The changing face of the Competition Commission is attracting leading lights from the City. Derek Bedlow reports on the UK's unfolding antitrust revolution 

15 Feb 2007 | 01:59


Missing the mark? - The Government's overhaul of the UK's competition regime

The Government tells us that the UK has a “world-class” competition regime. It is hard to know exactly what this means, but the underlying sentiment is clear: the UK regime is one of the best in the world at protecting and encouraging competition. Now we are told that it needs to get better still. 

22 Sep 2011 | 12:00


On the bonfire - moves to burn up the UK's competition regime divide lawyers

It looks like it’s almost a done deal. Among antitrust advisers, the expectation is that it is only a matter of time before the Government makes good on its proposal to merge the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) with the Competition Commission (CC). 

22 Sep 2011 | 12:00

OFT and Competition Commission consult law firms on best practice for merger inquiries

The Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) have called on the legal community to consult on a good practice guide for merger inquiries. The two bodies jointly launched the consultation yesterday (25 May), asking for input from law firms, consultants and market research agencies on a best practice framework for presenting consumer survey evidence in merger investigations. 

26 May 2010 | 12:42


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