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Cover Competition Law of the EU and UK
Competition Law of the EU in the UK provides an introduction to the field of competition law and relates it to the situation of the UK within the EU. It starts by looking at competition law in the EU and UK. It considers international issues and the globalization of competition law. In addition, it looks at procedure in terms of investigation, penalties, leniency, and private enforcement. It considers article 101 TFEU. It also explains the economics of merger control, looking at both the EU and UK merger control regime and the treatment of joint ventures. Finally, it considers state aid, the relationship between competition law and intellectual property and the common law and competition.

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23. The common law and competition  

This chapter considers the areas in which the operation of the common law impacts upon issues that are closely related to the public regulation of competition. Certain doctrines of common law may be applied to situations in which competition is being restrained, or to competitive conduct. Common law doctrines in antitrust are becoming less important following the growth of modern competition law. The restraint of trade doctrine remains vibrant, and is often relied on in professional disputes. Restraint of trade is a doctrine of contract law under which certain contracts are unenforceable if they unreasonably restrain the activity of a party after the termination of the main contract. A number of rarely used torts may also be relevant to certain competitive situations.

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10. Competition Act 1998 and the cartel offence: public enforcement and procedure  

This chapter describes the system of public enforcement under the Competition Act 1998. This chapter begins with a consideration of the way in which inquiries and investigations are carried out under the Competition Act. It briefly considers the position of complainants to the CMA, followed by a discussion of the extent to which it may be possible to receive guidance from the CMA on the application of the Act. The chapter then describes the powers of the CMA to enforce the Competition Act, the criminal law cartel offence and the provisions on company director disqualification. It concludes with a discussion of concurrency, appeals under the Competition Act and the Government’s review of the operation of the Competition Act between 2014 and 2019.