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Competition Section seminar: Fairness and due process in UK antitrust proceedings (18 July)

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This presentation will help you to gain an improved understanding of the CMA’s enforcement work, and the rationale behind its procedures and policies. 

This presentation will help you to gain an improved understanding of the CMA’s enforcement work, and the rationale behind its procedures and policies.  It will aim to provide practitioners an insight into why the CMA runs its investigations in the way it does, to assist in navigating the CMA’s processes and explaining them to clients.  It will look at the importance of the public law framework in which the CMA operates, its historical foundations and the practical implications for your casework. 

Our speakers will review:

  • Why the past matters: the historical context of the rights of defence, due process and fair treatment
  • What is the impact on current and future enforcement: the CMA’s public law obligations as explained in case law and expressed in CMA procedure
  • Difficult issues: what can be learned from judicial oversight of our practice
  • How we are doing: the CMA’s record in procedural appeals to date

Speakers:
Claudia Berg and James Wright, Competition and Markets Authority

  • Claudia Berg is the senior legal director of Antitrust Enforcement at the Competition and Markets Authority.  Her previous role was at the CMA’s predecessor organisation, the Office of Fair Trading, as a director of Competition Enforcement and head of the OFT’s Enforcement Academy.  Prior to that, Claudia spent eight years in the competition practice of Linklaters, London.  Claudia is a dual-qualified solicitor (England & Wales and Germany), and holds Master of Law degrees from King’s College, London, the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and the University of Cologne, Germany.  During her early legal training, Claudia spent time in Brussels as a stagiaire at the European Commission.
  • James Wright is a legal adviser at the CMA.  Prior to joining the CMA’s Legal Service, he was an associate in the Competition practice at Slaughter and May.

Who should attend?

The session will be aimed principally at competition law practitioners, but may also be useful to anyone with an interest in antitrust proceedings or public law.

Why attend?

Gain insight into navigating competition enforcement and how to explain this to clients.

Post-event drinks reception

Registration for the event includes an invite to the post-event drinks reception, designed to provide a relaxed forum for networking with fellow delegates and speakers

This seminar was held under Chatham house and the slides were not shared

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Benefits of Membership*

Competition Section renewals

The Competition Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Advisory Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • Compliance and regulation
  • Brexit
  • Abuse of dominance
  • Damages actions
  • Mergers
  • Cartel enforcement
  • Dawn Raids
  • Sector Inquiries

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Seminars, Podcasts, Conference, Annual Dinner, Webinars and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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