City law firms charging up to £1,100 an hour – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2016 in competition, costs, fees, law firms, news by tracey

‘Partners at top City law firms are charging clients more than £1,000 an hour, according to a Conservative thinktank which condemns fee rises for restricting access to justice.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2016

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UK consults on further changes to competition compensation law – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 1st, 2016 in compensation, competition, consultations, damages, EC law, limitations, news by tracey

‘It will become easier for victims of competition law breaches to claim compensation when the EU Damages Directive comes into force in December.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th January 2016

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LSB to encourage comparison websites to enter the law and challenge regulators over practising fees – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is set to make encouraging comparison sites to enter the legal market one of its goals for the next year, along with telling regulators to be clearer about how they spend the profession’s money.’

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2016

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Asset acquisitions and mergers: Eurotunnel in the Supreme Court – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted January 19th, 2016 in appeals, competition, mergers, news, Supreme Court, transport by sally

‘The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Eurotunnel II ([2015] UKHL 75) brings some much-needed clarity to what was becoming a rather opaque corner of the UK merger regime. It also contains statements of general principle which are bound to make it one of the most frequently-cited merger cases.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 18th January 2016

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BT takeover of EE gets final Competition and Markets Authority clearance – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2016 in competition, mergers, news, telecommunications by sally

‘BT Group’s takeover of mobile phone network EE has been given final clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).’

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BBC News, 15th January 2016

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Solicitors welcome investigation into cost and quality of UK legal services – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2016 in competition, inquiries, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘An investigation into “longstanding concerns about the affordability” and quality of legal services has been launched by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Competition watchdog slams plans for crackdown on Uber in London – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in competition, London, news, taxis, transport by tracey

‘The competition watchdog has attacked Transport for London’s proposed crackdown on Uber, warning that it could result in less choice, higher prices and a worse service. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2015

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Cloud storage providers to face investigation by regulators – BBC News

Posted December 1st, 2015 in competition, complaints, consumer protection, internet, news by tracey

‘An investigation is to be launched into whether internet users are being charged unfairly when they use cloud storage services. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said some providers may be breaching consumer laws.’

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BBC News, 1st December 2015

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Should intellectual property be abolished? – OUP Blog

Posted November 24th, 2015 in competition, intellectual property, news by sally

‘The Economist has recently popularised the notion that patents are bad for innovation. Is this right? In my view, this assessment results from too high an expectation of what should be achieved by patents or other intellectual property.’

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OUP Blog, 24th November 2015

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Users who post ‘fake’ Amazon reviews could end up in court – Daily Telegraph

‘Online retail giant files papers in the United States against more than 1,000 people, claiming that its brand reputation is being tarnished by ‘false, misleading and inauthentic’ reviews.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th October 2015

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Uber wins high court case over taxi app – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in competition, consultations, internet, news, taxis, telecommunications by sally

‘The taxi-booking service Uber has received a boost after the high court ruled that its app was legal in London. Had it lost the case, the company would have been forced to change its service to comply with rules that protect black-cab drivers.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2015

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Appealing energy price controls: guidance for beginners from the CMA – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 12th, 2015 in appeals, competition, consultations, energy, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The CMA recently published its final determinations in two appeals brought by British Gas and Northern Powergrid against Ofgem’s electricity price controls for the next 8 years (decisions here and here). The appeals were the first under section 11C of the Electricity Act 1989 and the CMA’s decisions will therefore be the first port of call for any practitioners considering appeals against not only price controls but also any modifications made by Ofgem to electricity distributors’ licences.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 9th October 2015

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UK court to rule on whether Uber breaches rules on taximeters – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 8th, 2015 in competition, internet, news, regulations, taxis, telecommunications by sally

‘A UK court is to rule on whether Uber’s mobile app breaches taxi regulations.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th October 2015

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Dust settles on new UK antitrust litigation regime – Zenith Chambers

Posted October 7th, 2015 in class actions, competition, consumer protection, news, tribunals by sally

‘With the Consumer Rights Act 2015 competition law provisions coming into effect on 1 October it is time to reflect on what the reforms, including the new opt-out collective actions regime and enhanced role for the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), will mean in practice.’

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Zenith Chambers, 5th October 2015

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Private Actions: The CRA 2015 giveth; and the 2015 CAT Rules taketh away – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘Today, on the 1st October 2015, when we are supposed to be celebrating the brave new world of the Competition Act 1998 (“CA”) as amended by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA”), cartelists and other competition law infringers up and down the land must be rubbing their hands in glee at the transitional provisions contained in Rule 119 of the Competition Appeal Tribunal Rules 2015 (“the 2015 CAT Rules” or the “New Rules”).’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 1st October 2015

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Uber fires back in high court row with TfL – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in competition, internet, news, taxis by tracey

‘Uber, the under-fire taxi-hailing app, has hit out at London’s transport regulator, Transport for London (TfL), for taking it to the high court on Monday in the latest threat to its explosive growth in the London taxi market.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2015

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US-style class actions introduced in UK – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2015 in class actions, compensation, competition, consumer protection, news, tribunals by sally

‘A newly introduced law allows British courts to hear US-style class actions – where one or several people sue on behalf of a much larger group.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2015

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When should a decision be remitted to a different decision-maker? – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted September 28th, 2015 in appeals, competition, health, hospitals, inquiries, news, regulations, tribunals by sally

‘The Court of Appeal’s answer to this question in HCA International Limited v CMA [2015] EWCA Civ 492 was, in effect: rarely. The judgment, which contains some serious criticism of the CMA even though it won the case, illustrates just how high the threshold is before a court will insist that a remitted decision should go to a new decision-maker. It is not enough for the original decision-maker to have made a mistake, however conspicuous. Rather, there needs to be a reasonable perception of unfairness or damage to public confidence in the regulatory process.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 25th September 2015

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Adopting new structures for chambers “not so important”, say heads of newly merged set – Legal Futures

Posted September 9th, 2015 in barristers, competition, mergers, news by sally

‘Structures are “far from being as central to the success of a modern set as their proponents suggest”, the joint heads of the newly merged Drystone Chambers have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 8th September 2015

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Google says European Commission’s search engine dominance case is “wrong as a matter of fact, law and economics” – Zenith Chambers

Posted September 4th, 2015 in competition, internet, news by sally

‘Google has responded to the Commission’s Statement of Objections in its search engine dominance investigation, maintaining that the case is without factual, legal or economic foundation.’

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Zenith Chambers, 1st September 2015

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