Covid 19: The impact of the crisis on competition law and tax issues in sport – Blackstone Chambers

Posted July 13th, 2020 in chambers articles, competition, coronavirus, news, sport, taxation by sally

‘The Covid 19 epidemic and consequential lockdown measures have had a disastrous impact on the seasons of winter and summer sports alike. To take but one example, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has said that it envisages a loss of revenue of £200 million, prompting it to seek funds from the Covid Corporate Financing Facility. The combined impact on Premier League revenues as a whole is predicted in the Deloitte Annual Report for 2019-2020 to be around £1 billion. This article considers the potential impact of the Covid crisis on competition law and tax issues for sports clubs and regulatory bodies. It reflects some thoughts I gave for a Blackstone Chambers Sports Webinar on 25 June 2020.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 2nd July 2020

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Landmark Supreme Court Judgment on Interchange Fees – Monckton Chambers

Posted July 10th, 2020 in appeals, banking, chambers articles, competition, fees, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘On 17 June 2020, the Supreme Court (Lords Reed, Hodge, Lloyd-Jones, Sales and Hamblen) handed down a landmark judgment on whether certain fees which are paid by merchants to banks under the Visa and Mastercard payment card schemes breach competition law. The judgment finally settles years of litigation in the UK courts, and deep divisions in the rulings which had been given in the lower courts and tribunals. It is also the first judgment of the Supreme Court dealing with the Court of Appeal’s powers of remittal.’

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Monckton Chambers, July 2020

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Covid 19: The impact of the crisis on competition law and tax issues in sport – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted July 2nd, 2020 in competition, coronavirus, news, sport, taxation by tracey

‘Covid 19: The impact of the crisis on competition law and tax issues in sport.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 2nd July 2020

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Case Comment: Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v Visa Europe Services LLC and others [2020] UKSC 24 – UKSC Blog

‘In this case comment, David Bridge, Kenny Henderson, Jessica Foley, Devina Shah and Imtiyaz Chowdhury who all work within the Dispute Resolution team at CMS, comment on the decision handed down earlier this month by the UK Supreme Court in this matter of Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v Visa Europe Services LLC and others [2020] UKSC 24.’

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UKSC Blog, 30th June 2020

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Government facing legal challenge over urgent award of £108m PPE contract – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Good Law Project will today [15 June] launch judicial review proceedings over the Government’s award of an £108m contract to a pest control company for the supply of PPE.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2020

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Ellie Mitten and Sophie Phillips discuss whether schools and universities are offering ‘reasonable’ alternatives and the meaning of the recent guidance. – Park Square Barristers

‘As the lockdown has progressed, it has become evident that the remote learning services being offered are of differing standards between institutions, with some offering services which are far superior to others. This is particularly so in the case of independent schools. Some independent schools are effectively offering pupils a full timetable, with plenty of contact time with teachers and opportunities to review work and consolidate learning. In contrast, other schools are offering little to no contact time with teachers – disseminating worksheets or PowerPoint presentations, but expecting parents to supervise and effectively teach topics, or for the child to be able to learn independently.’

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Park Square Barristers, 4th June 2020

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LSB eyes major changes to legal regulation – Legal Futures

Posted June 9th, 2020 in competition, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is set to conduct a major review on the extent to which it can reform the regulatory regime – including the reserved legal activities (RLAs) – using its existing powers.’

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Legal Futures, 9th June 2020

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Supreme Court hears argument on whether £14 billion consumer competition class action should proceed against Mastercard – Exchange Chambers

Posted June 4th, 2020 in class actions, competition, consumer protection, fees, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court last week heard Mastercard’s appeal seeking to prevent a proposed class action on behalf of 46 million consumers valued at £14 billion from proceeding against it. The case is interesting not merely from the perspective of whether the “juggernaut” of a claim should proceed against Mastercard but also because of its impact on other competition law class actions waiting in the wings and its influence more generally on how the fledgling competition law class action regime will develop in the UK.’

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Exchange Chambers, 22nd May 2020

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Losing in CAT “not enough” for costs order against regulator – Litigation Futures

Posted May 27th, 2020 in competition, costs, medicines, news, tribunals by sally

‘The starting point in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) is that no order for costs should be made against an unsuccessful regulator acting purely in its regulatory capacity, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th May 2020

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Frankenstein’s monster, group litigation and solicitor disputes – Six Pump Court

Posted April 28th, 2020 in case management, class actions, competition, news, solicitors by sally

‘This short article looks at some of the lessons which can be learnt from disputes between solicitors wanting to be active in key roles in group litigation, in particular from the recent TCC decision in Lungowe v. Vedanta (27 March 2020).’

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Six Pump Court, 24th April 2020

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Commercial Court refuses split liability and quantum trial in cartel competition damages claim which included a ‘follow on claim’ (Daimler AG v Walleniusrederierna Aktiebolag) – Henderson Chambers

Posted April 22nd, 2020 in chambers articles, Commercial Court, competition, damages, news by sally

‘Bryan J refused an application for a split trial in a partial follow-on cartel competition claim. Even though part of the claims were standalone, it was always going to be difficult to persuade the court into a split trial (liability and quantum) where the follow-on claims require no liability findings. Written by Adam Heppinstall, barrister, at Henderson Chambers.’

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Henderson Chambers, 16th April 2020

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Regulator investigates Viagogo’s £3.2bn acquisition of StubHub – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2020 in competition, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into Viagogo’s $4bn (£3.2bn) purchase of ticket resale website StubHub, heaping fresh misery on a deal already thrown into turmoil by the Covid-19 crisis.’

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The Guardian, 15th April 2020

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New UK taskforce to crack down on coronavirus profiteers – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2020 in competition, consumer protection, coronavirus, news, ombudsmen, sale of goods by sally

‘The competition watchdog is setting up a coronavirus taskforce to crack down on companies that cash in during the outbreak by bumping up prices or exploiting people’s fears with misleading claims about products.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2020

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Over £3m in fines and £1m for NHS in CMA pharma probe – gov.uk

Posted March 5th, 2020 in competition, fines, medicines, news by tracey

‘Following an investigation, the CMA has found that 4 pharmaceutical companies broke competition law in relation to the supply of an antidepressant.’

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gov,uk, 4th March 2020

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Peer calls for regulation overhaul as CMA plans review – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor peer has urged the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to act now and simplify the legal regulatory regime, saying nothing will change if it is left to the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 26th February 2020

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Lawyers could be forced to sign up to comparison websites – Legal Futures

‘Law firms, chambers and other legal services providers could be forced to sign up to comparison websites so that clients can let others know about the quality of service they received.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd February 2020

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CAT gives truck buyers green light to pursue costs – Litigation Futures

Posted January 8th, 2020 in appeals, class actions, competition, costs, news, transport, tribunals by sally

‘The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has given the claimants in the truck cartel litigation the green light to move forward without delay to a detailed assessment of the costs of a preliminary hearing given the two sides’ contrasting financial resources.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th January 2020

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All in a Day’s Work: Salary caps in the cross-hairs of UK and EU sports regulation – Blackstones Chambers

Posted December 4th, 2019 in competition, news, remuneration, sport by sally

‘The past couple of weeks have seen a major ruckus run through the world of Rugby Union, raising questions about the financial aspects of the game and how to ensure fair competition.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 2nd December 2019

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All in a Day’s Work: Salary caps in the cross-hairs of UK and EU sports regulation – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted December 3rd, 2019 in competition, disclosure, fines, limitations, news, remuneration, sport by tracey

‘The past couple of weeks have seen a major ruckus run through the world of Rugby Union, raising questions about the financial aspects of the game and how to ensure fair competition.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 2nd December 2019

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Litigation funder highlights lack of competition – Litigation Futures

Posted November 28th, 2019 in champerty, competition, news, third parties by sally

‘The market of clients using litigation finance through choice rather than necessity – especially companies looking to offload their liability for portfolios of cases – remains “almost entirely unaddressed”, an AIM-listed funder has told investors.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th November 2019

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