Legal News – April 2014

Competition law: A new dawn—the new UK competition regime

On 1 April 2014, the biggest changes to the UK competition law regime for over a decade came into force. The changes centred around the merger of the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission to form the Competition and Markets Authority and revisions to the criminal cartel offence that are designed to make it easier for regulators to bring prosecutions. Peter Broadhurst, partner in Simmons and Simmons’ EU, competition and regulatory group discusses what we can expect from the changes:

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Confidential information: Breach of confidence – no pain, no gain?

In the case of Primary Group (UK) Limited v The Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2014] EWHC 1082 (Ch) the High Court considered the extent to which a bank (RBS) and its subsidiary (Direct Line) owed duties of confidence to clients of RBS. Patrick Bourke of the Lexis®PSL Commercial team analyses the decision:

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