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Welcome to Competition

In business, competition ensures that the best succeed. Competition law enables the best to succeed.

You design your trading arrangements to meet your commercial objectives. How do you prevent your sub-contractor dealing direct with your customer, cutting you out of the supply chain?

What restrictions can you lawfully place on your suppliers and customers?

How can you prevent the customer on who you depend for your livelihood exploiting their market power so that you have the pain and they get the gain? Competition law has the answer to these and many other issues.

Whether your business is growing organically or by acquisition, competition law can assist by securing your revenue stream and assisting in the best acquisition for your business. Will I be able to acquire my biggest competitor and improve my margins? Is it worth my time approaching my biggest competitor or is the deal doomed from the start? What if we entered into a joint venture – is that a short-cut to success? Competition law can help with all these questions.

If you play and win by the rules, why shouldn’t your competitors? Competition law can be used by your business as a sword as well as a shield. Competition regulators will act on evidence of unlawful behaviour. Using competition law in the right way can help you ensure that unfair competitors, not your business, are visited by investigating officers.

Our competition team is here to assist you to meet your commercial objectives and ensure that you spend your time managing your business and not involved in competition investigations lasting months or years.

We work to help a wide range of businesses get to grips with this frequently challenging area.

Our remit includes providing a range of trade-related competition advice covering commercial arrangements, the conduct of firms that are dominant on a market, mergers and joint ventures, public procurement and State aid. Our competition compliance programmes enable you to manage the risk of inadvertent infringement of competition law and the resulting financial and criminal sanctions, or the risk of directors of your business being disqualified.

If all else fails, our on-site investigation service is ready and waiting to come to your aid if the regulators arrive – whenever and wherever that may be.

Our services include:

  • Advice on the receipt of State aid
  • Advice on trading arrangements
  • Contentious and non-contentious public procurement advice
  • Liaison with regulators
  • Merger control guidance and support
  • On-site investigation support

To get ahead of your competition, please get in touch.

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