The UK Competition Authority consults on the introduction of a new structure concerning investigation decisions under the Competition Act 1998

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OFT’s Proposed Reforms Fall Short of Ensuring Independence in Antitrust Decision Making* The OFT is currently consulting on its proposed new investigation procedures in competition cases. Much of what is proposed is very good – but the reforms do not ensure independent decision making and compromise the potential role for independent experts of the kind successfully used in Phase II merger cases. The proposals set out important procedural reforms, including: case-specific timetables at the outset of investigations; a beefed up role for a procedural adjudicator; improved access to decision makers at more interactive oral hearings; greater transparency of internal challenges to the case team; providing parties with draft penalty notices; more state-of-play

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Bruce Lyons, The UK Competition Authority consults on the introduction of a new structure concerning investigation decisions under the Competition Act 1998, 28 March 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2012, Art. N° 54997

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