Dr Michael Grenfell is an Executive Director on the Board of the Competition and Markets Authority – the UK’s primary competition and consumer agency – where he is responsible for enforcement of competition and consumer laws. He joined the CMA in January 2014, where he was initially a Senior Director for competition in the regulated sectors, before moving to his current position in July 2015. Before he joined the CMA, he was a solicitor in private practice for 25 years, specialising in UK and EU competition law and sector regulation, including, from 1998 to 2013, as a Partner at the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He has written and broadcast widely on competition, regulatory and consumer issues, and was co-author of Coleman and Grenfell on The Competition Act 1998 (OUP). He has an M.A. in history and law from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D in political thought from the London School of Economics.
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The UK Competition Commission, in its final months before being absorbed into the new Competition and Markets Authority, has had a procedural decision overruled by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (Britain’s specialist judicial body that oversees decisions by the competition authorities). In the (...)
In much the same way that, within the European Union, a merger filing (notification) to the European Commission removes the need for filings to national competition authorities in the EU Member States, so too the COMESA. Court of Justice has ruled that a merger filing (notification) to COMESA’s (...)
Competition are traditionally reluctant to recognise “crisis management” as a justification excusing restrictive agreements between competitors. In 2008, for example, the EU Court of Justice ruled that an agreement between the 10 main beef producers in the Republic of Ireland to co-ordinate their (...)
In October 2012, in a price fixing case that came before Canada’s Federal Court – R v Maxzone- Chief Justice Paul Crampton, when pronouncing judgment, made statements calling for tougher sentences. In Canada, both companies and individuals can be liable for criminal penalties for infringing the (...)