Bruce Kilpatrick

Addleshaw Goddard (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Bruce specialises in all aspects of UK and EC competition and merger control law and has acted on a wide range of major competition law cases both in Brussels and in London. He has represented clients across a variety of sectors, including financial services, IT, industry, transport and retail. Bruce has represented clients before the OFT, Competition Commission and European Commission as well as the Competition Appeal Tribunal and Court of First Instance in Luxembourg. Recent case highlights include the Competition Commission’s investigations into the Northern Ireland personal current account market and payment protection insurance market and the Competition Commission’s inquiry into the joint venture between Kemira Growhow and Terra’s UK fertiliser and process chemicals businesses.

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Addleshaw Goddard (London)
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Addleshaw Goddard (Hamburg)
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6640 Bulletin

Bruce Kilpatrick The UK OFT finds that Tobacco manufacturers and retailers participated in agreements and/or concerted practices whereby the manufacturers set the retailers’ retail prices for its tobacco products which restricted the retailers’ ability to determine their retail price of competing tobacco products (ITL / Gallaher / Asda / the Co-op / First Quench / Morrisons / T&S / Safeway / Sainsbury / Shell / Somerfield / TM Retail)


Description of the impugned case The OFT’s Chapter I investigation was initiated in March 2003 following receipt of information from Sainsbury under the OFT’s leniency policy, which, along with information obtained during a previous Chapter II investigation into ITL, gave the OFT reasonable (...)

Bruce Kilpatrick The Court of Appeal of England and Wales dismisses appeals from two decisions of the CAT which had dismissed appeals from two decisions of the OFT finding resale price maintenance and price fixing in respect of replica football kit, toy and games (Argos / Littlewoods / JJB Sports)


Description of the impugned case This joint judgment concerned two cases of straightforward RPM concerning, respectively, replica football kits and Hasbro toys and games, that broadened into horizontal collusion. Each case involved vertical RPM agreements and a «horizontal« collusive agreement (...)

Bruce Kilpatrick The UK’s Office of Fair Trading finds that a Spanish porcelain manufacturer has entered into selective distribution agreements with the aim of preventing national retailers from selling its figurines at discount prices (Lladró Comercial)


Description of the impugned case The DGFT began an investigation under the Competition Act 1998, following complaints from three independent UK-based retailers, to determine whether selective distribution agreements concluded between Lladró Comercial, a manufacturer and supplier of porcelain (...)

Bruce Kilpatrick The UK Restrictive Practices Court holds that the Net Book Agreement between publishers under which the resale prices of books could be maintained by publishers is no longer in the public interest (Net Book Agreement)


Description of the impugned case Three orders of the Restrictive Practices Court in the 1960s declared that the Net Book Agreement under which the resale prices of books and certain related goods could be maintained by publishers were in the public interest. Following changes in the (...)

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