Competition & Regulatory

Practical guide to competition damages claims in the UK

The UK's system for the enforcement of competition law through the courts (as an alternative or in addition to a complaint to a regulator) is set to be overhauled by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which entered into force today, on 1 October 2015.  The reforms contained in the Act aim to make it easier for claimants to bring damages claims in the UK against parties which have been found to have infringed competition law, either at UK or EU level.  Competition law claims can include damages claims against cartel members, businesses which have entered into anticompetitive agreements, or businesses which have abused a dominant market position.  

Updated Guide to Advertising Gambling in Great Britain

The advertising of gambling products is tightly regulated in Great Britain. Advertisers will need to be aware of the diverse restrictions that apply to them, including those that govern when, where and how they can advertise their products.

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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 – corporate aspects

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 ("Act") received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and is currently due to be implemented in stages over the next 15 months.  The Act covers a wide range of matters, but of interest to all companies will be the provisions designed to enhance the trust and transparency of UK businesses and changes to the filing regime designed to improve the quality of information on the public record and reduce unnecessary red tape.


Trust and Transparency: an overview of the provisions relating to directors

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 ("Act") contains a number of provisions relating to directors.  Some of the changes, for example the proposed ban on corporate directors, are part of the Government's drive for transparency in corporate management and control.  Others, such as the ability of the court to disqualify a director following misconduct abroad and putting the legal duties of shadow directors on the same footing as those of appointed directors, are designed to increase trust in UK companies by improving the accountability of directors for misconduct.  The key changes include the following.

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