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Competition and Cartels

Allegations of anti-competitive behaviour can lead to prosecution or highly-damaging civil action. Those accused need advice from those with in-depth knowledge of the relevant law and the enforcement agencies involved.

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Cartels and anti-competitive behaviour is an area of law that can be hugely damaging to your ability to do business.

What is a cartel?

A cartel is defined as an agreement between potential business rivals not to compete with each other. One obvious example is price fixing. The precise form and nature of the agreement may vary but the consequences can be severe for those found to have been involved.

Individuals or corporates that are found to have conducted themselves in such a way could find themselves facing a criminal investigation and prosecution.

Alternatively, the authorities may opt for civil action that could result in a substantial fine being imposed. And anyone who believes their business interests have been harmed by such behaviour could bring an action for damages.

Allegations of such behaviour can also attract the attention of a number of enforcement agencies in a number of countries. This makes it imperative that those in business ensure they are not involved in such behaviour.

The Need for Specialist Advice

If individuals or corporates believe they are being, or are about to be, investigated for such behaviour (or they suspect this type of wrongdoing is happening) they need legal representation from specialists in this field: specialists who have in-depth knowledge of the relevant law, who are used to dealing with the enforcement agencies involved and who know the business sector where the alleged behaviour was conducted.

It is only by seeking the best and most relevant advice that a swift, intelligent and appropriate response to such a situation can be devised and presented.

Conducting an internal investigation into the allegations, introducing enhanced prevention procedures and knowing how to self-report any findings of anti-competitive behaviour can result in more lenient treatment from the authorities. But such matters need to be planned and conducted carefully.

An informed and considered approach is also necessary if you suspect your business interests have been harmed by anti-competitive behaviour and you want to seek legal redress.

Rahman Ravelli has the lawyers with the necessary experience and internationally-recognised expertise to ensure you take the right steps to avoid the problems that alleged cartel behaviour can bring.

Specialist Team

Nicola Sharp C 09983 Nicola Sharp
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Syedur Rahman C 09551 Syedur Rahman
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Senior Associate
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Legal Articles

Cartel Behaviour: The Law and the Appropriate Response to It
Niall Hearty of Rahman Ravelli outlines cartel legislation, its enforcement and the options available to those accused of it.

7 min read - Published Jul 2021
With BT facing a huge legal claim relating to alleged overcharging of customers, Nicola Sharp of business crime specialists Rahman Ravelli emphasises the need to comply with competition law
BT is facing a £600 million claim that alleges historic excessive pricing for elderly and vulnerable landline customers.

< 1 min read - Published Mar 2021
With ComparetheMarket having being fined millions by the CMA, Nicola Sharp of business crime specialists Rahman Ravelli emphasises the need to comply with competition law
ComparetheMarket has been fined £17.9 million by the Competition and Markets Authority for clauses in its contracts that breached competition law.

1 min read - Published Nov 2020