Competition Law

Chair of Competition Law Committee

Robert Bell, Bryan Cave LLP
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17/10/2018 - CLLS Competition Law Committee response to BEIS national security white paper - October 2018

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03/08/2018 - Competition Law Committee – Vacancies

Applications are welcome for places on the CLLS Competition Law committee. The closing date for applications is 14th September
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01/05/2018 - Consultation on “Guidance on Internal Document Requests in Merger Investigations”

Response by the Competition Law Committee to the CMA's Consultation on “Guidance on Internal Document Requests in Merger Investigations”
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19/01/2018 - NSII Review Green Paper Consultation on the Government’s proposed longer term reforms

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01/12/2017 - CLLS Response to NSIIR Green Paper Short Term Reforms

The response of the Competition Law Committee of the City of London Law Society in response to Questions 1 to 6 (the short term reforms) of the Green Paper on the Government's review of the national security implications of foreign ownership or control, published on 17 October 2017.
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18/09/2017 - Response to Inquiry into the Impact of Brexit on UK Competition Policy

Response of the Competition Law Committee to the House of Lords EU Committee's call for Evidence in its Inquiry into the Impact of Brexit on UK Competition Policy
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11/05/2017 - Response to the CMA's Consultation on Updated Guidance on the CMA's Approach to Market Investigations

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15/03/2017 - Implications of Brexit for UK Competition Law

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15/03/2017 - Press Release on Brexit Implications for UK Competition Law

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14/03/2017 - CLLS Competition Law Committee response to Ofcom on its Consultation on Enforcement Procedures

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13/02/2017 - Response to The Competition and Markets Authority Consultation Mergers - Exception to the duty to refer in markets of insufficient importance

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26/01/2017 - Response to the competition aspects of the FCA Mission Consultation - 26 01 17

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09/03/2016 - Damages for breaches of competition law

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20/10/2014 - Response to the European Commission's White Paper: Towards More Effective EU Merger Control

The European Commission sought views on possible improvements of EU Merger Regulation contained in the White Paper “towards more effective merger control”. The proposals (as described by the Commission) in particular included “A light and tailor-made review of those acquisitions of non-controlling minority shareholdings which could harm competition.”, as well as proposals to: • Make case referrals between Member States and the Commission more business-friendly and effective; • Make procedures simpler; and • Foster coherence and convergence. The submission responded in detail to the White Paper.
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21/01/2014 - Response to the UK Government Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union in relation to Competition and Consumer Policy

The Committee’s response only extended to competition and state aid policy and responded in detail to two important questions: 1) To what extent is EU competence in the competition and state aid fields necessary for the operation of the internal market and is this beneficial to the UK’s global competitiveness? 2) How might the UK benefit from the EU taking less or more action in this area?”
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29/11/2013 - Response to the CMA September 2013 consultation on draft guidance, “Regulated Industries: Guidance on concurrent application of competition law to regulated industries” and to the BIS September 2013 consultation on the draft of The Competition Act 1998 (Concurrency) Regulations 2014

The CMA consultation sought views on the draft guidance entitled “Regulated Industries: Guidance on concurrent application of competition law to regulated industries. The consultation ran in parallel with the BIS consultation on proposed secondary legislation relevant to the UK concurrent competition law regime. The submission responded in detail to both consultations.
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28/11/2013 - Response to CMA consultation on CMA Competition Act Guidance and Rules of Procedure

The Committee responded to the specific consultation questions, and noted in summary that “we broadly welcome the proposed Rules and Draft Guidance. However, we have some specific comments on certain aspects of them. A particular issue which we consider requires clarification is the role of members of the CMA (formerly CC) panel in decision making,”
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25/11/2013 - Response to the CMA consultation on the Cartel Offence Prosecution Guidance and to the BIS consultation on the Draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Publishing of Relevant Information under section 188a) Order 2014

The Committee made a number of detailed comments about the Guidance and the BIS consultation (which ran in parallel with the CMA consultation). Having looked at analogous prosecution guidance issued in relation to other offences, the Committee felt that considerably more detail and explanation could be provided in the Guidance. In relation to the statutory instrument consultation, the submission stated that “the Committee believes that the manner of publication of “relevant information” would be detrimental to commerce both (i) in terms of the delay between submitting information to the Gazette and publication and (ii) the cost of doing so. It is also unclear how practical this mechanism will be as it is very difficult to accurately predict the number of submissions that will be made to the Gazette in relation to the Offence, but there is a possibility that the sheer volume will undermine the purpose of publication.”
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19/09/2013 - Response to the EC Consultation, Towards More Effective EU Merger Control

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16/09/2013 - Response to BIS consultation: Streamlining Regulatory and Competition Appeals

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16/09/2013 - Response to CMA consultation on Competition and Markets Authority guidance part 1”

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16/09/2013 - Response to BIS consultation on Competition regime: CMA priorities and draft secondary legislation

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28/08/2013 - Written evidence provided to the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee on Schedule 7 (private actions in competition law) of the Draft Consumer Rights Bill

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05/06/2013 - Joint submission by CLLS Intellectual Property and Competition Law Committees

Joint submission by CLLS Intellectual Property and Competition Law Committees in response to European Commission Consultation on Draft Proposal for a Revised Block Exemption for Technology Transfer Agreements and for Revised Guidelines
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04/12/2012 - Response to OFT supplementary consultation on Guidance on Applications for Lenie

Response to OFT supplementary consultation on Guidance on Applications for Leniency and No-action in Cartel Cases
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26/07/2012 - Response to Consultation on OFT's Investigation Procedures in Competition Cases

Response to Consultation on OFT's Investigation Procedures in Competition Cases
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26/07/2012 - Response to BIS Consultation Paper, Private Actions in Competition Law:

Response to BIS Consultation Paper, Private Actions in Competition Law: A Consultation on Options for Reform
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15/03/2012 - CLLS response to the Government’s announcement of its proposed reforms to the UK

CLLS response to the Government’s announcement of its proposed reforms to the UK competition regime
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03/02/2012 - Joint response of the Intellectual Property Law Committee and the Competition

Joint response of the Intellectual Property Law Committee and the Competition Law Committee to the European Commission review of the current regime for the assessment of technology transfer agreements
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26/01/2012 - Response to OFT Consultations on Guidance as to the Appropriate Amount

Response to OFT Consultations on Guidance as to the Appropriate Amount of a Penalty and on Applications for Leniency and No-Action in Cartel Cases
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08/06/2011 - Response to BIS Consultation on Reforming UK Competition Regime

Response to BIS Consultation on Reforming UK Competition Regime
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28/01/2011 - Response to OFT consultation on

Response to OFT consultation on
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20/12/2010 - 20/12/10 - Response to the OFT's consultation paper

20/12/10 - Response to the OFT's consultation paper
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08/11/2010 - Response to the OFT Consultation Paper

Response to the OFT Consultation Paper
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03/11/2010 - CLLS Discussion Paper on UK Competition Reforms

CLLS Discussion Paper on UK Competition Reforms
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27/01/2009 - CLLS & Joint Working Party of the Bars and Law Societies of the United Kingdom

CLLS & Joint Working Party of the Bars and Law Societies of the United Kingdom on Competition Law (JWP) Response to the Office of Fair Trading's (OFT) consultation on the OFT Transparency Project
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24/06/13 - Memorandum submitted by CLLS Competition Law Committee to the House of Commons

Memorandum submitted by CLLS Competition Law Committee to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-13 (External link)
Access this URL (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmpublic/enterprise/memo/err31.htm)

Competition Law Committee Members

Robert Bell (Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP) (Chairman)
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Ms N. Kar (Linklaters LLP)(Vice Chairman)
C. Bankes (Simmons & Simmons LLP)
A. Bavasso (Allen & Overy LLP)
H. Cartlidge (Olswang LLP)
A. Coulter (Hogan Lovells International LLP)
M.P. Grenfell (Norton Rose LLP)
Ms J. Hulsmann (Clifford Chance LLP)
Miss D.K. Livingston (Herbert Smith Freehills LLP)
B. McGrath (Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP)
Mrs S. Mobley (Baker & McKenzie LLP)
Dr A.N. Parr (Ashurst LLP)
A. Potter (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP)
M.R. Smith (Simmons & Simmons LLP)
Ms I. Taylor (Slaughter and May)
P.A. Wareham (Hill Dickinson LLP)

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