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Competition Law (Dispute Resolution)

Competition Law

Anti-competitive behaviour is an increasingly global phenomenon. Witness multiple enforcement agencies in pursuit of companies around the world. Cases are bigger, steps taken to conceal activities more creative, and more and more businesses are affected by the actions of cartel members.

Our competition practice advises claimants and defendants (both individuals and institutions) on all aspects of competition law. We handle both Civil and Criminal investigations by the regulators and our low levels of conflict allow us to act for parties across all sectors. We are experts in managing investigations across a number of jurisdictions, carefully selecting the right overseas partners to work with us on behalf of our clients.

We treat a client's claim as an asset to be recovered. We use experienced economists, forensic accountants and financial analysts to investigate the claim and provide comprehensive risk assessments.

We have strong relationships with litigation funders and insurers who understand the nature of these actions best. Working together, we are able to help our clients secure packages that minimise their financial exposure.

Our practice is bolstered by our 80 strong fraud and complex litigation department, which focuses on asset recovery and is renowned for its ability to convert claims into a swift financial outcome. This gives us an edge in competition disputes and other commercial disputes where competition law may be an issue.

Our defence lawyers advise businesses caught up in investigations into alleged competition law breaches, as well as individuals facing potential criminal sanctions or Director Disqualification. Our expertise as risk managers, understanding of the processes, and knowledge of the enforcement agencies means that we can advise Boards and individuals on how best to respond in any given situation.

We work with our corporate department to provide transactional competition law advice, including advice on the merger process, the use of tactical complaints, and, where required, applications for merger clearances.  When market inquiries are launched, we make sure that key parties’ submissions are effective and targeted to reduce the risk of problematic outcomes.

We work with our corporate clients to devise pro-active risk management strategies and compliance procedures and test their effectiveness through the use of "mock" dawn raids and business audits. A good compliance procedure manages risk but does not stifle growth and innovation. Our lawyers understand this dynamic and do whatever is best for each organisation.

We assist our real estate team with advice on restrictive covenants and state aid disputes.

When it comes to public contracts, we advise aggrieved bidders who want to challenge the outcome of procurement processes and the conduct of procuring authorities.

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