BSB and Bar Council warn about risks of online barrister reviews – Legal Futures

Posted July 3rd, 2018 in barristers, competition, complaints, consumer protection, internet, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board has warned consumers about the risks of choosing a barrister based on online reviews, while telling the profession that it needs to watch this fast-growing area.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd July 2018

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How to tell if your joint venture breaks competition law – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 20th, 2018 in competition, joint ventures, news by sally

‘Joint ventures can vary enormously in terms of their scope and nature and be pro-competitive and justified, but as businesses increasingly look to collaborate to innovate, the agreements are coming in for greater scrutiny from competition authorities.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th June 2018

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Competition watchdog launches investigation into Sainsbury’s-Asda merger – The Independent

Posted May 18th, 2018 in competition, mergers, news by tracey

‘The Competition and Markets Authority said it will be considering whether the merger could result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the UK for goods or services.’

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The Independent, 18th May 2018

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Ofcom to investigate Trinity Mirror deal to buy Express and Star – The Guardian

Posted May 2nd, 2018 in competition, media, mergers, news by tracey

‘Trinity Mirror’s £200m deal to buy the Express and Star newspapers is to be investigated by media regulator Ofcom over issues including plurality and the editorial independence of Richard Desmond’s titles.’

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The Guardian, 1st May 2018

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Considerations for care homes on the charging of fees after death – Family Law

Posted March 8th, 2018 in care homes, competition, consultations, elderly, fees, news by tracey

‘In the first of a regular Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) column for Family Law Claire Davis, Director of SFE, considers the issue of care homes charging fees after death.’

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Family Law, 5th March 2018

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Regulator begins new sector-focused crackdown on cartels – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 28th, 2018 in competition, construction industry, financial regulation, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will target “industries that are at a greater risk of cartels forming” as part of a new campaign to crack down on anti-competitive behaviour.’

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OUT-LAW.com, February 2018

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Energy price cap: Government to introduce legislation to limit how much power firms can charge – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2018 in competition, energy, news by tracey

‘A bill introducing an energy cap for 11 million households across Britain will be introduced to Parliament today. The Government claims the Domestic Gas and Electricity Bill, which will allow the regulator Ofgem to limit tariffs until 2020, could save people up to £100 a year.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2018

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Auctions for 4G and 5G spectrum imminent following Court of Appeal ruling – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 16th, 2018 in appeals, competition, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Formal bidding for spectrum identified as central to ‘4G’ and future ‘5G’ services in the UK is set to commence after the Court of Appeal rejected a legal challenge against the rules set for the auction.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th February 2018

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Gambling companies must end misleading ‘free bet’ offers, competition watchdog warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in competition, consumer protection, gambling, news by sally

‘Gambling companies must end misleading online ‘free bet’ offers or face action, the competition watchdog has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st February 2018

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Sky-Fox deal not in public interest, says regulator – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in competition, media, mergers, news, public interest by sally

‘Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky is not in the public interest on grounds of media plurality, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2018

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Tribunal unimpressed by Mastercard’s “wholly unreasonable” costs in Merricks case – Litigation Futures

Posted January 4th, 2018 in appeals, class actions, competition, consumer credit, costs, news, tribunals by sally

‘The costs incurred by Mastercard in defending an attempt to bring one of the largest class actions ever appear “wholly unreasonable and disproportionate”, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd January 2018

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MoJ formally rules out review of legal regulation and complete independence for regulators – Legal Futures

‘The current framework of legal regulation is “inconsistent”, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) accepted today, but said it could not commit to the formal review sought by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and others.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2017

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Improving UK Competitiveness, Strengthening the Rule of Law – Ministry of Justice

‘Dominic Raab addressed guests at the Policy Exchange in London for the launch of the Linklaters report ‘The Rule of Law: everyone has a part to play’.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th December 2017

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Brexit through the Gift Shop? Are we about to give away our competition law claims? – Blackstone Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in bills, competition, EC law, news, treaties by sally

‘Recent press reports have suggested that competition lawyers in other Member States have been confidently predicting the death of cartel claims in the UK following Brexit. But reports of the demise of this species of litigation are premature. The European Communities Act 1972 (the ECA 1972) will be repealed following the entry into force of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the Bill). But this is unlikely to have any significant impact on the ability of claimants to bring claims before UK courts for damages caused by infringement of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) – at least for quite some time. The reason for this is the provisions of the Bill that protect rights that have accrued prior to “exit day”.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 4th December 2017

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted December 8th, 2017 in competition, EC law, international law, legislation, treaties by Verity

European Union (Approvals) Act 2017

Competition watchdog delays initial verdict on 21st Century Fox’s Sky deal – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2017 in competition, delay, media, news by sally

‘The UK competition watchdog has delayed by a month its provisional decision on 21st Century Fox’s £11.7bn proposed deal to take full control of Sky in order to allow sufficient time to consider the thousands of submissions it has received.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2017

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Competition regulator to prioritise productivity growth in future work – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 7th, 2017 in competition, employment, news, reports by sally

‘The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will prioritise “cases in markets which underpin and enable economic growth” as part of its programme of work for next year, it has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th December 2017

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Market dynamics in the counterfactual: more competitive, not just cheaper – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted December 6th, 2017 in competition, consumer credit, damages, fees, news by sally

‘The judgment of Phillips J in Sainsbury’s v Visa [2017] EWHC 3047 (Comm) demonstrates the importance to claimants in competition damages cases of identifying a counterfactual which not only involves lower prices but also involves higher levels of competition.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 5th December 2017

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Ticket resale sites could face court over consumer law concerns – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2017 in competition, consumer protection, internet, news by sally

‘Secondary ticketing firms could be fined or taken to court after a year-long investigation by the UK competition regulator uncovered “widespread concerns” about breaches of consumer law.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2017

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City watchdog swoops on £68bn insurance broking market – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 9th, 2017 in competition, financial regulation, insurance, news by tracey

‘The City watchdog has turned its attention towards London’s £68bn insurance broking market following “significant changes” to the lucrative sector since its last probe a decade ago.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk