CMA takes decision in bathroom fittings case

10 May 2016 | by George Peretz QC

The CMA today announced that it has taken a decision finding an infringement of Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 by Ultra Finishing Limited, a leading supplier of bathroom fittings.  A penalty of £786,668 has been imposed (reduced from £1,032,502 to reflect the compliance programme and early settlement).  The infringement concerned the advertising and […]

CMA agrees settlement with manufacturer of bathroom fittings

03 May 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

On 26 April, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced that Ultra Finishing Limited (“UFL”), a leading manufacturer of bathroom fittings, had agreed to pay a fine of £826,000 under the CMA’s settlement procedures (including a discount conditional on implementing a satisfactory compliance system).  The CMA’s press release is here. The infringement of the competition […]

Greenpeace publishes Monckton legal opinion warning that French government subsidies of Hinkley C would constitute state aid

22 Apr 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

Monckton barristers Jon Turner QC, Ben Rayment and Julian Gregory have provided an Opinion for Greenpeace and Ecotricity which could have implications for the Government’s plan to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point. Hinkley Point C is the first of a new generation of nuclear reactors intended to be built by EDF […]

Supreme Court sets boundaries of EU discrimination law for freedom of movement

20 Apr 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

In R(Nouazli) v Secretary of State for the Home Office [2016] UKSC 16, the Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to powers which enable persons exercising free movement rights to be detained, pending a decision whether to remove them from the United Kingdom.  Tim Ward QC acted for the Secretary of State.  The case contains […]

Key element of Ealing’s housing allocations policy held discriminatory and unlawful

18 Apr 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

The High Court has held that a scheme by which a London council ringfenced 20% of available lettings for working households and ‘model tenants’ was discriminatory and unlawful. Steve Broach acted for the claimants in this case, R (H and others) v Ealing LBC [2016] EWHC 841 (Admin). The claimants were two families (referred to […]

BIS successfully defends challenge to Construction Levy

18 Apr 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

Brendan McGurk was part of the team that successfully defended the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills against a challenge to the lawfulness of a new method by which an industrial training levy is to be calculated and imposed  on the construction industry. The construction levy is imposed on construction employers to raise funds for […]

Olympic stadium contract must be disclosed in full

12 Apr 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

The First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) ruled today that the concession agreement under which West Ham United Football Club will become the new anchor tenant at the Olympic stadium, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, must be disclosed in full. The Tribunal agreed with the Information Commissioner that disclosing the contract in […]

Tribunal cuts down estate agents’ Money Laundering Regs fine

14 Mar 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

The First-tier Tribunal has reduced the fine imposed on a Leicestershire estate agency for breaches of the ‘know your client’ requirements of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.  The original penalty of £169,652 was the largest ever imposed on an estate agency business under the Regulations.  Following an appeal hearing lasting 3 days, the Tribunal has […]

Judicial Review Proceedings Issued against Government over Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

10 Mar 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

Judicial review proceedings have been issued in the High Court challenging the government’s decision to export arms to Saudi Arabia for possible use in the conflict in Yemen. Conor McCarthy has been instructed by Leigh Day in the claim brought by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade. The challenge follows increasing evidence that Saudi Arabian […]