What We Do

All sectors of the economy are affected by competition law. In this area we advise a diverse client base including private, public and third sector entities.

Competition law changes constantly, with the most recent development being the creation of the new regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority. The new authority is expected to be proactive in enforcing competition law, and we are ready to support your organisation against this backdrop of active regulatory scrutiny.

Issues on which we advise include:

  • Anti-competitive agreements
    It is routine for commercial contracts, joint venture agreements and some corporate transactional documents to contain provisions which restrict the future activity of one or more parties. These and other arrangements can cause a breach of the UK and EU rules against anti-competitive agreements. We will ensure that you stay compliant and do not make agreements in breach of competition law.
  • Abuse of a dominant position
    A dominant position is not in itself unlawful. However, using this position to undermine competition in that market may well be. We can advise you if your business has been negatively affected by a dominant market player, or if your business requires advice because of its strong position.
  • Criminal offences (including price fixing and criminal cartel liability)
    We advise businesses, individual managers and directors on the risks of criminal liability arising under the competition regime, as well as those subject to enforcement activity or prosecution.

How Our Competition Lawyers Can Help

We take a practical approach based on your business requirements and the need to be cost-effective. In most cases it is possible to structure commercial arrangements so that they comply with the competition law regime.

We also appreciate the difficulty caused by jargon in this area of the law. Part of our job is to demystify the legal terminology and empower you to manage issues independently, as far as possible.

Where there is a risk of a breach (either by your organisation or another party), we will be able to advise on the appropriate steps to take. Our regulatory lawyers are skilled in representing clients who face criminal enforcement action.

Contact Us

Whichever sector you belong in, our specialist competition lawyers can give you sector specific advice to help you stay ahead of the market. Give our friendly team a call on 0808 291 4962 or get in touch online.

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Recent work

Charities with public funding

Our advice enabled them to confirm to public sector grant providers that they were not in breach of state aid law

Online service provider

Advising in relation to the competition law issues arising in the context of its proposed arrangements with suppliers

Private sector service provider

Advising in relation to a challenge under state aid following a change in their market caused by the provision of public money to competitors

Professional body

Advising on the competition implications of the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act

Awards & Accreditations

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.

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We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

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Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.