The UK Office of Fair Trading publishes Guideline on the involvement of third parties in investigations under the Competition Act 1998

Background Although the Competition Act 1998 (the Act) allows third parties having a “sufficient interest” to appeal decisions of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) regarding infringement of the Act to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), the Act does not deal explicitly with the involvement of third parties in the OFT's investigations into suspected infringements. In practice third parties play an important role in the OFT's enforcement of the Act, and many investigations into suspected infringements result from complaints brought by third parties. However, the absence of a statutory basis for the involvement of third parties led to a perceived lack of clarity regarding the circumstances in which third parties could expect to be involved in the OFT's investigations. In its Pernod

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  • British Competition Authority - CMA (London)

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Fred Houwen, The UK Office of Fair Trading publishes Guideline on the involvement of third parties in investigations under the Competition Act 1998, 12 April 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2006, Art. N° 1331

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