Breaching competition law can have extremely serious consequences, fines can be up to 10% of the worldwide turnover of your corporate group. For more serious breaches of competition law individuals involved can be imprisoned for up to five years, face an unlimited fine, or be disqualified from acting as a director for up to fifteen years.
Where a business is accused or suspected of breaching competition law, the process can be costly, time consuming and generate significant negative press. It can also be extremely stressful for the individuals involved. Our team have guided businesses through this extremely difficult process and have achieved positive outcomes in challenging cases. Our team have also advised individuals accused of committing criminal competition law offences, attending interviews under caution and ultimately ensuring all charges are dropped (including the last ever criminal investigation conducted by the OFT prior to the creation of the CMA).
In addition to defending businesses suspected of breaching competition law, our team has advised businesses who are called as witnesses in investigations, including industry-wide investigations by competition law regulators. We can help you with what you should and should not say in response to requests for information in order to maximise the chances of achieving a positive outcome.
Examples of our relevant experience include:
- advising on the first cartel investigation under the Competition Act 1998
- advising on the replica football kit price fixing investigation
- advising on an industry-wide investigation in relation to a suspected sporting goods cartel
- advising on the Office of Fair Trading’s investigation into the bus industry
- advising on the Office of Fair Trading’s investigation into the construction industry
- advising an individual defendant facing criminal charges in relation to an alleged cartel in relation to kitchen furniture
- advising participants in sectoral investigations at UK and EU level including into payment cards, pharmaceuticals, electricity and gas provision and building materials