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In a two-part webinar series, members of Monckton Chambers will discuss the competition and consumer law aspects of the new Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill, as introduced in Parliament on 25 April 2023. The first webinar (Wed 3 May at 1pm) will explore competition law aspects of the Bill, and the second webinar (Wed 10 May at 1pm) will explore consumer law aspects. You can sign up to these respective webinars here and here. Further information is below.
Part 1: Competition aspects of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill
Date: Wednesday 3 May 2023 at 1pm – 2pm
In the first rapid response webinar, the panel will address the competition law aspects of the Bill, namely Part 1 on Digital Markets and Part 2 on Competition. Part 1 of the Bill puts the Digital Markets Unit in the CMA on statutory footing and introduces a new regulatory regime for digital markets. Part 2 of the Bill introduces a number of reforms to UK competition law more generally, including in relation to: investigative and enforcement powers; the powers of the CAT; mergers; and the scope of the Chapter 1 prohibition. The panel will discuss the genesis for these new substantive and procedural provisions; their relationship with the EU’s Digital Markets Act; and how they will work in practice, once enacted.
The recording is available here
Part 2: Consumer aspects of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill
Date: Wednesday 10 May 2023 at 1pm – 2pm
In the second rapid response webinar, the panel will address the consumer law aspects of the Bill, namely Part 3 on enforcement of consumer law and Part 4 on consumer rights and disputes. The Bill introduces new, substantive consumer protection measures (including on subscription traps and fake reviews), as well as providing the CMA with new tools to enforce consumer law directly and new remedies e.g. the CMA and the Courts will have the power to impose penalties of up to 10% of global turnover for breaching consumer law. The panel will discuss the genesis for these new substantive and procedural provisions, and how they will work in practice, once enacted
The recording is available here.
Monckton Chambers is honored to partner with NERA Economic Consulting to cordially invite you to join us for the Second Annual Summer Webinar Series: Competition Law in the UK and EU.
Building on the success of our inaugural program, this year’s series will include four information-packed webinars held across four weeks, beginning on Thursday, 8 July 2021. We will bring together leading regulators and distinguished legal and economic experts to discuss, give insight, and share their expertise on some of the most significant competition challenges we face today.
Upcoming Summer Series Sessions:
Webinar 1 – 8 July, 3pm – 4pm – Mergers: The CMA Rattling the Sabre
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has strengthened its approach to merger investigations, with new merger guidance, collaboration with international enforcers, and recent Competition Appeal Tribunal successes (such as Sabre/Farelogix and Facebook/Giphy). But has it gone too far? Or perhaps not far enough?
In this roundtable session, our experts will discuss where the CMA’s approach to merger control has changed, address how the change came about, and offer insight into reasons behind the change.
Grant Saggers, Director, NERA Economic Consulting
Webinar 2 – 15 July, 3pm – 4pm – Cartels: From Leniency to Litigation
Cartel enforcement continues apace in the UK, whether regarding information exchange, Resale Price Maintenance, or collective actions.
During this interactive session, our panel of distinguished experts will take a detailed look at recent enforcement cases, appeals made to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and damages actions.
Tim Ward QC, Barrister, Monckton Chambers
Webinar 3 – 22 July, 3pm – 4pm – Privacy: Competition, Harm, and Damages
Privacy and GDPR issues are shaping the focus of competition authorities and regulators. They are also among the key battlegrounds in competition policy and litigation.
In this session, our experts will provide insight into the latest competition policy and litigation issues regarding privacy and GDPR, asking:
- Where is the common ground?
- Who occupies this common ground?
- What do experiences elsewhere in the world mean for the UK?
Dr Lawrence Wu, President, NERA Economic Consulting
Webinar 4 – 29 July, 3pm – 4pm – Abuse of Dominance: A ‘Whistl’-Stop Tour
The CMA has launched new investigations into digital markets, while at the Competition Appeal Tribunal some of the largest damage claims relate to abuse of dominance issues.
In this session, our leading experts will provide insight into recent cases and appeals that relate to abuses of dominance (e.g, Royal Mail vs Ofcom), the future of the AEC test, and how abuses may be mitigated through new regulation.
Josh Holmes QC, Barrister, Monckton Chambers
The Public Law Practice Group at Monckton Chambers is delighted to be offering its first public law webinar mini-series. Join our specialist practitioners for three 45-minute sessions covering issues of topical interest in administrative law. We encourage all those with an interest in public law to join us: solicitors, barristers, academics, students, in-house legal teams and charities. Each webinar takes the form of a panel discussion chaired by one of Monckton’s leading public law silks.
Webinar 1 – 28 April, 1pm: An update on discrimination law – where are we now?
A good understanding of discrimination law is an essential part of many public law practitioners’ toolkits. The panel will review the most important recent cases and their implications, as well as providing practical advice.
Chair: Tim Ward QC
Webinar 2 – 5 May, 1pm: Procedure in the Admin Court – tips and tricks
In this webinar, four of Monckton’s regular Administrative Court users will share and discuss some of their ‘tricks of the trade’, to help attendees to increase the likelihood of bringing successful judicial reviews or, conversely, to strengthen their defence to challenges.
Chair: Tim Ward QC
Webinar 3 – 12 May, 1pm: Developments in public law arising out of Covid 19
This webinar considers the impact of one of the most important events in recent UK history, the Covid-19 pandemic, upon administrative law. The panel will review the most important Covid-related case law and will discuss the lasting effect which these cases, and the pandemic itself, may have on both the substance of public law challenges and procedure in the Administrative Court and beyond.
Chair: Robert Palmer QC
To mark IWD2021, Valentina Sloane QC has been interviewed in a special episode of RPC’s Taxing Matters podcast featuring “five empowering women who have all strived to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace”. She talks about her path to her career in tax and her experience as a woman working in the field of tax.
The episode is available here.
This video provides an overview of the subsidy control provisions contained in the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement, agreed on 24 December 2020. It considers whether the provisions give the UK the ability to move away from the EU State aid regime, what the rules are now for subsidy control in the UK, and the government’s future plans.
The video also covers the current state of play on the State aid provisions in the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol, and how these may cause problems for public authorities and grant recipients in Great Britain.
The video is available here.
Anneli Howard, joins Matthew Hall and John Roberti in this podcast to discuss the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, WTO subsidy rules, Northern Ireland Protocol and the implications for competition and state aid under the new legal regime. Listen to this episode to learn more about the present and future for these areas of law in the UK and the EU.
The podcast is part of the American Bar Association (ABA) of the Our Curious Amalgam series which explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.
You can access the podcast here.