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Taming the Retail Giants: The Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on Competition

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently decided to block the proposed merger between J Sainsbury's plc and Asda Group Limited. Such a merger would have had disastrous impacts on competition in the industry. However, further difficulties await the CMA, including e-commerce and Brexit.

11:00, 7th May 2019
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Rise of the Accountants: An Existential Threat to Law Firms

The legal industry has traditionally been rather protected from outside threats. In recent years, however, the Big Four accountancy firms have begun to encroach on legal territory. It now seems only a matter of time until law firms face a real threat of being left behind by these giants.

12:00, 8th January 2019
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Financial Fair Play in Football: Curbing the Excess or the Enthusiasm?

Football, a favourite pastime of the nation, is also the basis for truly ludicrious levels of investment, winnings and spending. As such, UEFA introduced Financial Fair Play Regulations to discourage football team insolvency. This article assess the compatibility of the Regulations with EU law.

11:00, 25th September 2018
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Commercial Awareness: The Sainsbury's/Asda Merger vs Competition Law

The proposed merger of two of the UK's biggest supermarkets, Sainsbury's and Asda, raises important questions that are often tackled by M & A lawyers: how and when will competition law operate to prevent or limit a deal because it poses too big a threat to market competition.

11:00, 29th June 2018
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An Introduction to the GDPR and its Impact on Competition Law

The General Data Protection Regulation introduces a new regime that seeks to modernise data protection law by imposing new obligations upon organisations. It seems likely to have positive impact on competition law, so long as clear lines can be drawn delineating when each body of law applies.

11:00, 25th May 2018
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Competition Law in the Computer Age: Examining Microsoft v Commission

The characteristics of the IT market have created a myriad of new challenges for global competition authorities. They have had to adapt and strain the tools in their legal arsenal to ensure justice is done; as is evident from the long-standing battle between the European Commission and Microsoft.

12:00, 19th January 2018
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Poor Relations and Proportionality: The Flaws of TfL’s Uber Decision

The decision by Transport for London not to renew Uber's operating licence in London has proved divisive. But for all the public discourse, little focus has been placed on the legal specifics, close examination of which reveals several grounds for the company to use to launch a successful appeal.

11:00, 13th October 2017
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Saving the Unsaveable? Reforming the Cartel Offence

The cartel offence was intended to add bite to English competition law. However, since its introduction, it has been beset by enforcement problems, triggering attempted reform. Yet these problems will persist, as Parliament overlooked a potentially fatal flaw that will plague the use of the offence.

11:00, 3rd October 2017
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Let There Be Light: Evaluating Legal Reform of Energy Companies

The rising cost of energy occupies a prominent position in political discourse. Ed Miliband pledged to freeze energy prices, and Jeremy Corbyn has gone further in advocating that the UK's leading energy companies should be nationalised. How has this worked out elsewhere. and should we consider it?

11:00, 8th October 2015
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Living in an Interconnected World – A Legal Conundrum

It is no secret that the tech sector is booming, in part to the growing trend of inter connected devices; the internet of things. Whilst this has many excited, it may make those that are legally minded a little dizzy. These developments pose some novel questions, particularly regarding privacy.

11:00, 17th September 2015
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How to Save the Internet 101: Net Neutrality & Competition Law

Net neutrality is the concept of all internet service providers (e.g. Sky, Virgin Media, BT etc.) and governments should treat all data on the internet equally. It is idealistic, but at least half has potential, but is not without challenges. How might competition law help to remedy some issues?

11:00, 12th August 2015
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Why Brexit May Not Be Worth It: A Competition Law Perspective

When it comes to leaving the EU and competition law, the question should not be 'what do we have to gain by leaving?', but 'what do we stand to lose?'. The EU competition regime is one of the best in the world, we'd still have to abide by it to trade with the EU, and we would have no vote in reform.

11:00, 6th July 2015
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War on Google: Vestager Strikes Back

Under Margrethe Vestager (the new Commissioner for Competition), the European Union has entered a new, dynamic era of competition law enforcement. One of her more significant first moves has been to reinstate the investigation into Google's dominance in vertical search markets, particularly shopping

13:14, 14th May 2015
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Politics in Competition Law

Following their influx into the European Union, American technology companies have been greeted with a degree of political hostility towards their dominant market position. This has notably seen EU politicians impetuously attempting to push competition law enforcers against these technology giants.

12:00, 3rd February 2015
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