The English Court of Appeal answers the question of when a decision should be remitted to a different decision-maker (HCA International)

When should a decision be remitted to a different decision-maker?* The Court of Appeal’s answer to this question in HCA International Limited v CMA [2015] EWCA Civ 492 was, in effect: rarely. The judgment, which contains some serious criticism of the CMA even though it won the case, illustrates just how high the threshold is before a court will insist that a remitted decision should go to a new decision-maker. It is not enough for the original decision-maker to have made a mistake, however conspicuous. Rather, there needs to be a reasonable perception of unfairness or damage to public confidence in the regulatory process. The background was the CMA’s private healthcare market investigation, which determined that HCA should divest itself of two

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  • Blackstone Chambers (London)

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Tom Coates, The English Court of Appeal answers the question of when a decision should be remitted to a different decision-maker (HCA International), 21 mai 2015, e-Competitions May 2015, Art. N° 75913

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