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The basics of UK and EU Competition Law

Module Leader/s: Clive Lawrence/John Sykes

Full Day course


This informative full day session with interactive group sessions has been created to provide a comprehensive introduction to the laws about price fixing, customer sharing arrangements, and how agreements which restrict competition are controlled or outlawed. The course will also provide a comprehensive introduction to how competition law applies to business with large market share – the so-called ‘dominant’ market players – and the risks that they face even if small and in niche markets.

Module aims

This module aims to provide participants with a thorough introduction to the key concepts of UK and EU competition law including the knowledge and understanding they need of: 

  1. situations when competition law may come into play and what are the related risks.
  2. the various exemptions and published guidance which can be used to reduce the risk of competition law being breached;
  3. the fines, penalties, and other sanctions for breach of competition law; and
  4. the criminal UK cartel offence relevant to types of collusion including price fixing. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, participants will: 

  • understand the key concepts that underpin UK and EU competition law;
  • understand when a risk of a competition law breach might occur and the mitigations available which might apply;
  • understand the UK cartel criminal offence so that they can avoid committing the offence and risking a term in prison;
  • be able to respond to ‘competition law’ points made during negotiations by being able to spot the genuine points from the bluster;
  • be able to use the learning they have acquired to add value to their businesses such as by improving internal procedures and policies, identifying where agreements may need to be changed and so on; and
  • have had the chance to discuss and argue positions giving them the confidence to apply what they have learned in a live environment.

The Basics of UK and EU Competition Law: Course Agenda

09:00 - 09:30   Coffee and registration
09:30 - 09:35   Introduction to the day
09:35 - 10:15   An introduction to UK and EU competition law 
    applied to agreements or commercial practices which do or might limit competition. 
10:15 - 11:00   Case studies and group discussion
11:00 - 11:15   Coffee Break
11:15 - 11:45   Price fixing, bid rigging, other collusion, and the cartel criminal offence
11:45 - 12:30   Case studies and group discussion
12:30 - 13:15   Lunch
13:15 - 14:00   Competition law and selling on online
    – the erosion of margins and the end of distribution as we knew it?
14:00 - 14:15   Case studies and group discussion
14:15 - 14:30   Coffee Break
14:30 - 15:15   An introduction to UK and EU competition law applied to businesses
    with substantial shares of the market (as defined by the Competition regulators).
15:15 - 16:15   Case studies and group discussion
16:15 - 16:30   Recap of the day

The Cost

Our standard charge is £200 plus VAT per delegate for a full day course, if it is being held at our premises or a venue close to our offices.  In addition, we do offer three for the price of two rates.

For a half day course, our fees are £125 plus VAT per delegate.

Should you require the course to be held in-house at your premises, then the fee would be £2,000 plus VAT for up to 12 attendees.  Should your premises be in London, then the fee would be £2500 plus VAT plus travel and hotel costs. 

For a half day course, our fee would be £1250 or £1500 for London plus travel costs. 

If you are interested in reserving a place, please contact Hayley MacDonald.

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Delegate testimonials

“ I just want to add that yesterday’s seminar was absolutely brilliant, the speakers, their subject knowledge and content was exceptional and it was delivered in such a way that an otherwise difficult and sometimes ‘dry’ subject came across in manageable and enjoyable format.” Kate Swinton, Sweet Squared

“This was one of  only a handful of courses that I have  ever been on where I have walked away having thought that it was time well spent, and that I had  learnt something"  Gemma Gill, Call Credit Information Group Leeds  

“Well presented with  especially useful discussions about real case studies. Excellent training day throughout“. Saoirse Cowley, Government Legal Department

“Pitched at the right level; not too detailed but sufficient to enable an overall understanding of key aspects of employment law”.  Chris Brewster, Animal Care Plc 

“Excellent presentation, clear learning outcomes and very good case studies”. Attendee Chaucer Foods Limited 

“Excellent and entertaining delivery“.  Bred Duncan, Duncan Chartered Accountants 

“Very well presented. All information detailed and very well put across”.  Mathew Chafer, Begbies Traynor  

“Excellent presenters, dynamic case studies and examples”.  Camilla Reece, Financial Force  

“Really enjoyed the day ; learned something new ! Excellent facilitators“. Sarah Kelly, HR Manager CPP 

“Very well presented and very informative”.  Shanna Pindair, Yorkshire Energy Partnership 

“Detailed , very informative, great use of case studies to illustrate examples”. Alexandra Myer, Morrisons Supermarket Plc 

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