Competition law enforcement, both through competition authorities and the courts, has expanded significantly in recent years. In particular, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and European competition authorities have been willing to expand the reach of competition law.
This means that business can expect greater intervention and exposure to competition law risks, regardless of size, location or sector. It also creates opportunities if you are harmed by behaviour that breaches competition law. Our expert team can help you address those challenges, reduce your risk or seek damages or other remedies through the courts.
We advise on all types of competition law disputes and represent companies under investigation by European and national competition authorities in cases concerning breaches of competition law. We provide support on leniency and settlement, internal investigations, dawn raids and data/document requests, and coordinate multi-jurisdictional cases.
We can defend you against claims for damages and advise in the recovery of damages caused by suppliers, customers or competitors. We can also help you fund and prosecute claims for damages (a specialist skill for which we are recognised – for more information please see our Funded Disputes page).
As part of our Regulatory Risk and Compliance offering, we can help you to develop sound competition law risk management strategies and compliance policies, and conduct in-depth audits, along with crisis management, litigation risk and exposure assessments.
- Representing Albion Water in its successful damages claim against Welsh Water regarding conduct consisting of margin squeeze and unfair pricing contrary to the Competition Act 1998. The breaches, which had previously been established by the Competition Appeal Tribunal, related to the refusal of the local water monopoly to provide objectively justifiable terms and conditions for the provision of bulk water supplies to Albion.
- Representing the European Competitive Telecommunications Association AISBL (ECTA) in its intervention before the European Court of Justice in the appeal brought by Orange Polska SA against the decision by the European Commission finding that Orange had abused its dominant position in the Polish telecoms market at wholesale level, in breach of Article 102 TFEU, to protect its retail operations.
- Representing Dahabsihil, one of Africa's largest money transfer companies, in its successful application in the High Court in London for an injunction to prevent Barclays from withdrawing banking services provided to Dahabsihil and others. The court ruled that, while the question of whether Barclays was dominant in the market for provision of these services and whether its conduct amounted to abuse was to be determined, Barclays should be required to reinstate services pending trial.
- Supporting our client in navigating a dawn raid and providing follow up advice in relation to an EU Commission investigation into the food production sector.