BSkyB and Virgin Media Appeals In The CAT

12 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

Last week, the Competition Appeal Tribunal heard appeals by British Sky Broadcasting Group (“Sky”) and Virgin Media against decisions taken by the Competition Commission and the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in relation to Sky’s acquisition of a 17.9% shareholding in ITV.  In a report published last December, the Competition Commission […]

Monckton Appointment To The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency

04 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On Wednesday 4 June, Jeremy McBride was appointed a member of the new Scientific Committee of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency. The Agency is an independent body of the European Union, established to provide assistance and expertise to the European Union and its Member States when they are implementing Community law, on fundamental rights […]

Competition Appeals Tribunal Hands Down Judgment in ‘Calls To Mobiles’ Cases

04 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The CAT handed down judgment in two major appeals on 20 May (the appeals having been heard together in January and February): (1) Mobile Call Termination – in which the CAT upheld Ofcom’s finding that H3G had significant market power in the market for mobile call termination on H3G’s network, and its related decision to […]

Racing Case Gallops On At The High Court

03 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On Tuesday 3 June the hearing resumed at the High Court in the matter of British Afternoon Greyhound Racing Services (and others) v Amalgamated Racing Ltd (and others).  The case concerns a challenge to the lawfulness of arrangements for the licensing of picture rights by 30 British racecourses for broadcast to licensed betting offices by […]

Ofcom Competition Law Victory in TV Subtitles Case Confirms Time for Assessing Dominance in a Predatory Bidding Case

22 May 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed an appeal by Independent Media Support (IMS) against Ofcom’s decision that Red Bee Media had not infringed the Chapter I or Chapter II prohibitions in the Competition Act 1998.  Both IMS and Red Bee are providers to UK broadcasters of TV ‘access services’ (such as subtitling, signing and audio […]

Monckton Junior Shortlisted for Prestigious ‘Barrister of the Year’ Award

13 May 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

We are delighted that Tim Ward has been shortlisted in the category of ‘Barrister of the Year’ at the Lawyer Awards 2008. Representatives for the annual ceremony announced their shortlists of successful nominees on Monday 12 May. Tim is the only Junior barrister on the shortlist this year which is a real testament to the […]

Deputy High Court Judge Appointment for Peter Roth QC

13 May 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The appointment was confirmed on Monday 12 May and we congratulate Peter on such a great achievement. Head of Chambers, Paul Lasok QC, said, “Peter Roth QC’s appointment as a Deputy High Court Judge shows that his qualities as a successful practitioner mark him out as having the intellectual calibre and judgment to make a successful High Court […]

Christopher Vajda QC Speaks at AntiTrust Conference

12 May 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

Christopher Vajda QC spoke at the Lawyer Conference held on 7 May 2008 on the EC White Paper on damages actions for breach of EC antitrust rules. He spoke on the subject of access to evidence and what, if any, changes the White Paper would herald for the disclosure regime in England and Wales

Permission Denied in Carbon Case

06 May 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (‘CAT’) has refused permission to bring claims for damages said to arise from the EC Commission’s decision finding an infringement of Article 81(1) EC in relation to electrical and mechanical carbon and graphite products against a number of proposed defendants, including Le Carbone Lorraine SA, while their appeals to the Court […]

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