The Government is committed to ensuring that markets work well for consumers and the enforcement of competition laws is a key tool to ensuring this…
UK and European competition laws prohibit businesses from entering into and implementing anti-competitive agreements and practices. Penalties for breach are high: substantial fines, claims from third parties for damages and unenforceable agreements. Further, the individuals involved can be imprisoned for up to 5 years, fined and disqualified from being directors.
Competition laws also regulate potentially anti-competitive mergers and joint ventures, both those which operate only within the UK and those which operate cross-borders. In some instances, obtaining prior clearance from the competition authorities is mandatory; in others, although prior clearance is not mandatory, anti-competitive deals can be investigated after completion and unwound.
We handle the full range of UK and European competition law including:
- Anti-competitive agreements and practices
- Cartel investigations
- Competition law compliance and training
- Dawn raids
- Merger control.
We act for a wide variety of clients, both in the public and private sectors. We also have a particular expertise in the health, food, retail and automotive sectors.
Weightmans LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team advised Edward Billington & Son on merger control issues arising from its acquisition of TSC Foods Group, and assisted Mersey Docks and Harbour Company in relation to EU procurement and construction issues relating to the Liverpool2 project.
Legal 500 2015