competition law and compliance

Whether UK, EU or US Anti-Trust law, we can help your organisation understand it and use the laws on competition as a sword as well as a shield. We know that the law of competition is an economic concept to keep the market functioning properly and allow new entrants to compete effectively. It is based on the laws of nature and the Darwinian theory of the most adaptable survive, not the biggest or the most powerful. 

Competition law is what keeps the market safe from predators allowing new entrants and smaller orgs to compete and survive effectively. If competition is distorted, then smaller companies suffer.

If you think there is any anti-competitive abuse going on, for example predatory pricing, market distortion through controls, price fixing, or if you think that you are being treated in biased manner or threatened with termination, or if you need a training programme so that your team understands competition law, we can help you

Our competition practice goes back to the 1990s through our time with BT and VW Group UK. We advised on processes as well as policies for meetings with rivals and we developed and delivered presentations to educate colleagues.

In the motor industry we advised on price fixing, cartels, dealer discounts in addition to parallel imports were being highlighted in the media at the time.

If you are a start-up, market entry is always fraught with unknowns as you do not expect what the dominant incumbents may do to preserve their market position. If you are an established company, the same rules will apply to you.

We have published a dissertation on:

The Economics of Vertical Restraints and Competition Law as Applicable to the Motor Industry.

We cover:

–  Competition Act 1998 and EU Competition Law

–  Vertical Agreements

–  Dominance and abuse of dominant position.

–  Restraints of Trade

–  Cartels

–  Collaborative agreements

–  Co-operation between competitors

–  Horizontal agreements

–  Information exchange

–  Joint ventures

–  Sales restrictions in vertical agreements

–  Parallel Imports and trade

–  Dumping

–  Pricing and Predatory Pricing,

–  Distribution, Agency and Franchising arrangements

–  Motor Vehicle sector and the Dealer Agreement