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The new Competition Act 1998 (Motor Vehicle Agreements Block Exemption) Order 2023 (‘MVBEO’) came into force on 1 June 2023. Typically, agreements that hinder competition are prohibited under UK competition law; however there are certain exemptions available where the agreements provide sufficient benefits to offset any anti-competitive aspects. The new MVBEO will provide a UK […]

Please join us for our upcoming webinar on UK Competition Law This session will provide In-house lawyers and General Counsels with a snapshot of key UK Competition Law topics (and risks) to be aware of in 2023, including commentary on: Competition Law and Employment terms The Competition and Markets Authority’s new guidance on cooperation between […]

Two recent government consultations could have far-reaching implications for UK competition law and policy generally, as well as for digital markets in particular.   Major reform to competition law and policy On 20 July 2021, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation on reforming competition and consumer policy. The key […]

At long last, the Government has published its Subsidy Control Bill (“the Bill”) in order to establish a new subsidy control regime. This follows the post-Brexit period within which we have had the uneasy situation of following certain “general principles” from the UK Trade & Co-operation Agreement (“TCA”) but have lacked the granularity that we […]

The UK’s new ‘subsidy control’ regime is gathering pace, but the continued effect of EU state aid rules in certain circumstances remains contentious. As we reported in State Aid post Brexit, as of 1 January 2021, the UK is no longer bound to follow EU state aid rules (except as provided for in the Northern […]

Following the end of the Brexit transition period, seven EU block exemption regulations in force on 31 December 2020 were retained under UK law. The block exemptions include the retained Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation (VABER). In the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) advises the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial […]

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