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Competition time

Nicholas Khan advises on how to complain under – or react if you are targeted by – the Competition Act

19 July 2002

The Competition Act 1998, which came into force in March 2000, replaced complex and little-used laws with a new regime modelled on EC competition rules and procedures, administered by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), whose enforcement powers were outlined in (2000) 144 sj 72. The new regime brings competition law to a much more localised level in the UK, chiefly as a result of complaints made to the OFT. Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty prohibit restrictive agreements and the abuse of a dominant position. However, they only apply where the matter at issue ‘may affect trade between member states’ and, for the purposes of Art 82, where a dominant position is held in a ‘substantial part’ of the EC. Although these threshold tests are interpreted loosely, they exclude local matters. Even where EC competition law could be applied, the Commission may decline to rule on matters which do not give rise to issues of ‘Community interest’. Sections 2 and 18 of the Act (known as th...

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