CAT dismisses banking challenge

08 Dec 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The Competition Appeal Tribunal have dismissed the application of six individuals known as the Merger Action Group, based in Scotland, to quash the decision of the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to clear a merger between Lloyds and HBOS. In arriving at its unequivocal decision, the CAT concluded that “there is […]

The Lloyds/HBOS hearing begins Monday 8th December in the CAT

08 Dec 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The CAT hearing in Lloyds/HBOS began yesterday and is continuing today. The Secretary of State is represented by Paul Lasok QC, Paul Harris, Gerry Facenna and Elisa Holmes all of Monckton Chambers. Please click below for more information on: Paul Lasok QC Paul Harris QC Gerry Facenna Elisa Holmes    

Change in VAT Rate – Monckton Chambers sets up Advisory Panel

26 Nov 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

In light of the recent announcement by the Chancellor that from the 1st December 2008 the rate of VAT would be cut from 17.5% to 15% members of Monckton Chambers have been advising clients on the implementation of the cut and the effect it may have on the pricing of products. As a consequence we […]

OFT decides not to refer travel brochure distributors merger

18 Nov 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The OFT has decided not to refer the anticipated acquisition of Ocean Park Limited by Orbital Marketing Services Group Limited to the Competition Commission. The OFT found that it would be under a duty to refer the merger as it would combine the only two bulk distributors of tour operators travel brochures to travel agencies […]

Commission Appeal Tribunal Refuses Virgin Media and BSkyB Applications

07 Nov 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The Secretary of State and the Competition Commission successfully resisted attempts by Virgin Media and BSkyB to persuade the Competition Appeal Tribunal to order that aspects of the acquisition by BSkyB of 17.9% of ITV’s shareholding be remitted to the Commisison and ultimately the Secretary of State for reconsideration. Virgin and Sky’s application followed the […]

Leading Set Recommendations In Chambers UK, 2009

07 Nov 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

Chambers UK, 2009 edition was published on 6 November and continues to list Monckton Chambers as one of the leading sets at the London Bar. We are also delighted to see that our individual recommendations have gone up by over 10% to a total of 47 spread across 10 fields. For the full list of […]

Monckton Chambers Welcomes Two New Tenants

28 Oct 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

Monckton Chambers is delighted to welcome two new tenants, Anneliese Blackwood and Laura Elizabeth John, following their successful completion of pupillage. Prior to pupillage, Anneliese Blackwood was a Teaching Fellow at University College London teaching on the LLB Public Law II course (2006-2007) which covered the application of the Human Rights Act 1998 and judicial […]

Office of Fair Trading Issues Statement of Objections Against Construction Recruitment Companies

27 Oct 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On 21 October 2008, the OFT issued a Statement of Objections alleging infringements of the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 against eight recruitment agencies: A Warwick Associates, Beresford Blake Thomas, CDI AndersElite, Eden Brown, Fusion People, Hays Specialist Recruitment, Henry Recruitment and Hill McGlynn Associates. The OFT alleges that these companies agencies […]

Court of Arbitration for Sport Upholds Weightlifters’ Convictions

21 Oct 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the convictions of two British weightlifters convicted of doping offences at the British Weight Lifting Championships. In the proceedings, the weightlifters mounted a wholesale attack on the sample collection procedures undertaken by UK Sport and testing procedures carried out by the Drug Control Centre, which, if successful, […]

Court of Appeal Rules Restitutionary Award Not Appropriate in Devinish Case

14 Oct 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

In an important case on financial remedies for victims of competition infringements, the Court of Appeal has held that a restitutionary award is not available either as a matter of English or European law. A restitutionary award is a remedy which is based on stripping a wrongdoer of the profit he has made from an […]


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