A year in market studies

Market studies are one of the key tools available to the CMA and sector regulators (such as the Office for Rail and Road (ORR) and the Office for Communications (Ofcom)) to assess whether markets are functioning competitively and producing good outcomes for consumers. This year we have seen a prevalence of these studies, in particular … Read more

CRTea Podcast Series – Episode 3: Taking stock: Sustainability, Competition law and the Consumer sector

In our latest episode Helen Bignall (Of Counsel) and Clemence Barraud (Senior Associate) from our London Competition, Regulation and Trade group share insights around sustainability, particularly in the context of competition law and the consumer sector. They discuss the CMA’s draft guidance on the competition law assessment of environmental sustainability agreements, CMA market studies and … Read more

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill introduced before Parliament

The Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill (DMCC Bill) has now been published and introduced before Parliament.  This Bill is long awaited, having been delayed by parliamentary priorities and timing considerations. Its scope and implications are wide-ranging, and follow on both from a previous consultation on changes to the UK competition and consumer protection regimes, … Read more

CMA ANNOUNCES NEW UNIT PRICING PRACTICES REVIEW

In July 2015, the CMA published its response to a super-complaint from the consumer association Which? regarding alleged misleading pricing practices in the groceries sector. It concluded, amongst other findings, that complexities and inconsistencies with unit pricing may have adversely affected consumers’ ability to make meaningful choices between products. The CMA found examples of particular … Read more

CMA publishes guidance on social media endorsements

On 3 November 2022 the CMA published guidance for social media platforms, brands and content creators setting out how they should approach online advertising in order to ensure they comply with the relevant UK consumer protection legislation.  Social media platforms have a duty to prevent and address unlawful practices such as hidden advertising that are … Read more