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Competition law has an extensive impact on business. Failure to comply can have serious consequences, including fines of up to 10% of global, group turnover, lawsuits and the invalidity of commercial agreements. We can work with you in order to ensure that your company is fully compliant and avoids sanction.
The law also offers important protections from anti-competitive behaviour. These include not only the right to file complaints with regulators, but also the ability to seek direct relief from the Courts.
We advise on all areas of EU and UK competition law, including:
Public procurement law requires purchases of works, supplies and services of a significant value by public bodies and utilities companies to be put out to a fair and transparent competitive tender.
We frequently challenge flawed tendering processes on behalf of suppliers, overturning defective award and exclusion decisions. For regulated purchasers, our expert knowledge of procurement law assists clients in achieving their buying objectives quickly, easily and without challenge.
We advise on the EU Public Sector and Utilities Directives and also on tenders governed by specialist procurement rules, such as the EU Finance Regulation and Implementing Rules (including Europe aid projects).
We regularly advise on how to comply with and solve problems presented by other EU law and regulations such as:
These issues can arise, for example, when launching new products or entering the market in other EU member states.
Advising a life sciences company in relation to the CMA’s investigation into the supply of healthcare products.
Acting for a building company accused of infringing Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 in the OFT’s investigation into alleged collusive practices in the construction industry.
Advising a pharmaceutical company in relation to an alleged refusal to supply medicinal products.
Acting for a substantial software provider in its complaint of an abuse of dominance by a licensor of input intellectual property.
Advising a major software provider on the application of UK merger control law to a series of acquisitions in domestic market.
Advising a major UK broadcaster in relation to an in depth (Phase II) investigation of its disposal of an online social media business.
Advising a major international sports brand on competition law compliance matters.
Leading a successful high value claim by a private equity backed company against an unlawful procurement award decision, which led to an acceptance of infringement by the contracting authority.