Max Findlay


Max Findley is retired. A legal writer, editor and communications adviser, Max Findlay was also the editor of Competition Law Insight, the international antitrust law and policy journals. For many years, he worked as an independent legal journalist, writing leaders and articles for The Times, Financial Times, The Observer and a broad range of legal professional magazines. He has won a Clarity Award for plain legal language in a client agreement. Among major book publications, Max Findlay has worked as an external editorial adviser on Archbold: Pleading, Evidence and Practice in Criminal Cases (Sweet & Maxwell); Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration (Sweet & Maxwell) by Alan Redfern and Martin Hunter; Professional Partnership Handbook (Tolley) by Smith & Williamson; Internet Advertising of Pharmaceuticals (CF Müller) (multi-author); Promoting Medical Products in Europe and North America (multi-author); and Partnering and Collaborative Working (LLP) by David Jones, David Savage and Rona Westgate. Before becoming a journalist, Max Findlay practised as a barrister in a common law set of chambers and then worked as a managing editor in an international business and legal publishing house. He was educated at Worcester College, Oxford.


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Max Findlay The EU General Court finds that organisations for environmental protection that directly offer goods and services in competitive markets must be regarded as undertakings (Germany / Commission)


Not playing nicely* Recently, there have been two striking cases of organisations behaving badly in a way that the outside world would think was well out of order. In the first example – the Roma Medical Aids case – it isn’t just about somebody breaking the rules. It’s about a company (...)

Max Findlay The French Competition Authority issues an opinion regarding the food retail sector in Paris finding the market too concentrated and suggesting the creation of a “structural injunction” (Casino)


Bully beef* Sometimes competition law looks as if it’s on the side of the bullies. Take, for example, the French Autorité de la concurrence’s recent decision in the Paris food retail sector case. The Autorité came up with the idea of using a new tool – a structural injunction – to tackle (...)

Max Findlay The EU Court of Justice issues its preliminary ruling holding that restricting the sale of European foreign satellite decoder cards is “contrary to the freedom to provide services” (Football Association Premier League)


Little, large and not proven* The big story for British sports fans has been the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) in the FA Premier League / Karen Murphy case. Effectively, the ECJ has said that British viewers can buy live English Premier League football (...)

Max Findlay The EU Commission repeals heat stabilizers cartel decision applying rules about limitation periods for the imposition of fines after EU Court judgment (Ciba / BASF / Elementis)


Chaos theory* Naturally, we all want change to be orderly. This is particularly true when something goes wrong and someone official has to come in and sort it out. Take, for instance, the heat stabilisers cartel case. Earlier this month, the European Commission revoked the €101m fines it (...)


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