The English High Court makes first competition disqualification order in the real estate sector (Re Property Group)

In the summer of 2020 the first application by the Competition and Markets Authority (‘the CMA’) for a competition disqualification order pursuant section 9A of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (‘CDDA’) was heard remotely by the English High Court (Re Property Group (2010) Limited [2020] EWHC 1751 (Ch)). The disqualification case followed the acceptance by two companies of which the defendant, Michael Martin (‘Mr Martin’), was a director that they had participated with five other estate agents in an agreement and/or concerted practice to fix minimum levels of commission fees for the provision of residential estate agency services (‘the Agreement’). In his judgment dated 3 July 2020 the judge found that Mr Martin had been aware of the Agreement and failed to take any steps to

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Christopher Buckley, The English High Court makes first competition disqualification order in the real estate sector (Re Property Group), 3 July 2020, e-Competitions February 2021 - II, Art. N° 99364

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