The European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2017

United Kingdom: Private Antitrust Litigation

We are currently in the midst of major legislative developments in the private antitrust litigation arena, instigated by both the UK and EU legislators. At the UK level, the Consumer Rights Act (the Act) came into force on 1 October 2015 so the new era for private actions which it potentially offers is still in its very early days. To complement the enhanced powers granted to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) under the Act, which were aimed at establishing it as the primary court for hearing claims for damages arising from breaches of competition rules, the CAT consulted on new rules for governing the procedures before it. The new CAT Rules1 and the accompanying weighty guidance2 also took effect on 1 October 2015.

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