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Competition law compliance

The infringement of Competition Law can result in the imposition of fines of up to 10% of worldwide turnover as well as the risk of multi million pound civil claims by third parties seeking damages for loss suffered as a result of the infringing activities. In addition, involvement in a CMA Investigation will result in an alleged infringer incurring substantial legal fees, the loss of significant management time and the risk of damaging publicity.

Given the potential consequences of infringement, it is essential for all business both large and small to adopt a Corporate Compliance Programme.

We have considerable experience in advising on and implementing Compliance Programmes for businesses big and small in a wide range of industrial and commercial settings covering both UK and EU Competition Law and Competition Law in other jurisdictions.
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Such a programme involves:-

 

  •  A Compliance Audit followed by a report on all commercial agreements and practices identifying any actual potential infringements of competition law;
  • The preparation of a Compliance Manual, applying the competition rules to the Business and identifying the Do’s and Don’ts of Compliance;
  • Establishing a procedure for dealing with dawn raids;
  • Educating employees as to the rules for Competition Law Compliance through a series of Training Sessions;
  • Developing a system for the reporting of potential infringements of Competition Law, providing a Helpline and a mechanism for confidential reporting.

 

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Julian is a corporate and commercial lawyer and has a national and international reputation in the field of European and UK competition law, procurement and state aid/subsidy law, in addition to judicial review and planning.
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