Competition law—new starters guide
Competition law—new starters guide

The following Competition practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Competition law—new starters guide
  • What is competition law?
  • The regulatory framework
  • Anti-competitive agreements
  • Abuse of dominance
  • Merger control
  • State aid
  • Brexit
  • Competition law and corporate transactions
  • Current awareness—keeping up to date

This Practice Note provides an introduction to EU and UK competition law (Competition). It is aimed at trainee solicitors and those who are new to Competition as a practice area. It focuses on the basic principles that apply and includes links to Lexis®PSL Competition and other LexisNexis® sources and materials which provide more comprehensive information on the topics covered.

User tips:

Those who are new to Competition are likely to find the Overviews in each of the subtopics in the Competition practice area particularly useful. These Overviews summarise the law relating to a particular issue or aspect of Competition law, providing links to relevant content within the subtopic to help navigate the area concerned.

Where something is not covered by this basic guide, use the Topics tab or Topics dropdown menu to browse further practice area content.

This Practice Note also contains guidance to help you make the most of the Competition materials, including how to sign-up for email alerts for the latest Competition news.

What is competition law?

In a truly competitive market, consumers benefit from price competition, greater product development, improved product specifications and better quality of service between competitors. Competition law is concerned with agreements or practices which actually or potentially distort competition within a market in a way which is ultimately detrimental to the consumer.

In general, competition rules focus on the following four key areas:

  1. prohibition on anti-competitive

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