Socrates Training Limited v The Law Society of England and Wales [Archived]

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Socrates Training Limited v The Law Society of England and Wales [Archived]

CASE HUB

ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the judgment of 26 May 2017; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineStand-alone action before the CAT brought by Socrates Training Limited against The Law Society of England and Wales claiming an abuse of dominance (Case 1249/5/7/16).

Latest developmentOn 26 May 2017, the CAT handed down its judgment on liability, finding that the Law Society had abused its dominant position (in breach of the Chapter II prohibition) in the market for the provision of quality certification/accreditation services to conveyancing firms by requiring that certain training courses must be exclusively obtained from it. The CAT also found that the Law Society breached the Chapter I prohibition. The CAT, however, found that the Law Society was only liable for the period from the end of April 2015, and not before.  The CAT will now look at the issue of quantum.

On the same day, the CAT made an order in relation to matters following the judgment, including the following two points:
• ordering the Law Society not to oblige any CQS accredited firms to purchase exclusively from the Law Society mandatory training in mortgage fraud, AML and financial crime required for CQS accreditation

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