Overview: UK competition law
The Overview provides a route-map guide to the current UK competition law regime. You should read this at the start of any transaction or specific research, to give you a broad overview of the main points that are likely to arise.
In March 2012 the government announced its decision on proposals to reform the UK competition regime. The government decided to establish a new single Competition and Markets Authority to replace the OFT and Competition Commission. The government also decided on various, largely procedural, changes to strengthen the mergers, markets and antitrust enforcement regimes. For further information see Government decisions on establishment of Competition and Markets Authority and reform of UK competition regime. These changes will be implemented by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (see Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012 -13: competition tracker).