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Competition investigations

We have considerable experience in representing both Undertakings and Individuals in investigations both by the CMA and the European Commission in Brussels.

The UK Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) is the UK Competition Law Regulator and has wide powers to investigate potential breaches of the Competition Law.

Where the CMA has reason to believe that an infringement has taken place, it may gather evidence through formal or informal requests for information.

It can carry out on-site searches of premises (“Dawn Raids”) and can use a variety of surveillance powers including the covert monitoring of telephone calls and emails or “bugging” offices or other premises.

Undertakings found to infringe the UK Competition Rules can be fined up to 10% of worldwide turnover.  The CMA may also seek the disqualification of Directors under the provisions of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.  In addition, the CMA has power to issue criminal prosecutions against Directors and other individuals leading to terms of imprisonment of up to 5 years and/or unlimited fines in the case of deliberate infringements of the Cartel Rules.
  • Maitland Walker's formidable competition team - unrivalled, sector specific, experience of EU and UK competition law, with the ability to to react to post-brexit implications for companies.
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  • Julian Maitland-Walker has unrivalled experience, particularly acting for claimants. Adrian Render is also very experienced and very good
  • Legal 500 2023
  • Maitland Walker's 'formidable' competition team provides advice to clients including multinationals, local governments and public sector bodies.
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