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Competition and Antitrust Lawyers

At Saunders Law, we are experts in regulatory and compliance law, including competition and antitrust regulation. We also have a specialist team of criminal lawyers, with experience and understanding of white-collar crime, who will be on hand to assist you when dealing with any regulatory investigation. If you are facing an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or the European Commission, there is no time to delay. 

It is essential that at each stage of an investigation into an alleged breach of competition law that you engage with the regulator. We can provide high-quality legal advice and have extensive experience in dealing with several regulatory bodies.

To discuss your specific concerns with one of our experienced lawyers, call us today on 020 3811 3123 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away. 

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and European Commission Investigations 

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is responsible for investigating, prosecuting and enforcing UK competition law. The CMA works in cooperation with the European Commission, where the alleged breach of competition law may have an impact on the European market. 

The CMA and the European commission investigate anti-competitive practices, which have a negative effect on the market. This includes practices such as price-fixing, bid-rigging, tying, market sharing arrangements, cartels and abuse of a dominant position.

The process of investigation and prosecution can be complicated, and you need expert advice at every stage in order to protect your position. The CMA may investigate your business following a complaint, or because their own intelligence sources have led them to believe that your business may be involved in anti-competitive practices. 

Dawn Raids Lawyers

The CMA has the power to enter your business premises without warning, often referred to as a 'dawn raid'. The body has broad powers to seize documents, devices and other evidence as well as to interview employees and directors. However, there are rules regulating dawn raids, and you must have a legal team present to protect your position and ensure that the investigation is being conducted correctly. We can advise you and your employees with regard to interviews with investigating officers and begin building a strong defence.

If your business is facing a dawn raid or you believe it may be a possibility for your business, there is no time to delay, get in touch with us now on 020 3811 3123.

Leniency Applications 

Where appropriate, we can assist you with whistleblowing or self-reporting in order to take advantage of the leniency program. Your business may receive complete or partial immunity from fines for reporting a cartel, so long as you meet certain conditions. Our lawyers can advise as to whether this is the best route forward for you and your business. 

No-action letters

If you as an individual wish to come forward about your involvement in a cartel, you may be granted immunity from prosecution, known as a no-action letter. We can advise you on this process. 

What are the penalties for breaching competition/antitrust law? 

Penalties for breaching competition/antitrust regulation can be severe. Both the CMA and the European Commission have the power to impose fines on companies. Under the Competition Act companies can be fined 10% of worldwide turnover for every financial year they have been involved in anti-competitive conduct. Where individuals are found guilty, they could be subject to fines or even a custodial sentence. 

How can Saunders help? 

It is vital that you understand your regulatory obligations, and work with the authorities throughout their investigation. As the regulatory framework in the UK becomes increasingly complicated, you must ensure that you are compliant and fully understand what you need to do. Our regulatory lawyers can advise you on any matters that may be causing you concern and are experienced in working within the tight timescales of these regulatory bodies. Our specialist team can assist you with: 

  • Competition and Market Authority Investigations - dawn raids, notices to force the surrender of documents, interviews with directors and staff under caution and when they can be compelled to provide information.
  • Leniency programme - We can help you to self-report and negotiate a substantial reduction of potential fines as a result of whistleblowing. 
  • Criminal prosecutions - Where directors and employees involved in cartels or serious anti-competitive conduct such as bid-rigging, we can provide the highest quality advice and criminal defence. 

If a regulatory investigation is opened, it is essential that you understand what is involved. If this is a challenge your business is facing, we can advise you throughout the process. We can advise on how to self-report if a regulatory breach occurs and how to respond to the investigation. It is important to be cooperative with the regulatory authorities and respond to any questions in a timeous, efficient manner.

Our team can guide you through the full details of the services and representation we offer in relation to competition investigations and prosecutions. Regulatory investigations must be dealt with correctly from the outset, and our team is here to provide that support. If you have any questions concerning regulatory compliance and investigations, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Contact our Competition and Antitrust Lawyers Today

At Saunders, we are specialist commercial litigation and white-collar crime lawyers with expertise in defending regulatory prosecutions. It is important that, if you are facing any regulatory sanction, that you reach out to us as soon as possible.

We offer a free initial consultation to establish if we can assist you and would be happy to guide you in the right direction. If you need regulatory assistance, please speak to one of our experts today.

Call us on 020 3811 3123 or enquire online and we will get back to you right away.

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