The Handbook of Competition Enforcement Agencies 2008

United Kingdom

01 January 2008

The UK enforcement agencies The enforcement of UK competition law is entrusted to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Competition Commission (CC). The OFT enforces both consumer protection and competition law. It also decides whether to refer mergers to the CC for a more in-depth investigation, and potentially prohibition, and whether to refer entire markets to the CC for detailed review. The OFT's general competition enforcement and market reference powers can also be exercised, in their respective sectors, by the specialist sectoral regulators.