Our competition lawyers deliver effective, commercially-driven solutions to our clients.
Compliance with competition law has never been more important, as governments seek to ensure that markets work well for consumers. The reform seeks to encourage enterprise and efficiency, create a wider choice for consumers and help reduce prices and quality. Competition authorities are using their increased powers to scrutinise and challenge mergers, punish anti-competitive conduct, and reform markets where competition does not work well.
Ensuring that your business competitive practices do not breach competition law is essential to success. Failing to comply could see the competition authorities take serious action – including fines and even criminal prosecutions.
At Carson McDowell we advise public and private sector clients across a number of diverse sectors on all aspects of competition law. Our competition lawyers understand the workings of all regulating/ competition authorities and will ensure your organisation remains fully compliant. We will steer you through this complex and dynamic area, providing competitive advantage, technically sound, strategic advice and certainty on what needs to be done.
Working with experienced and specialist lawyers within our wider Litigation & Dispute Resolution team, the team’s comprehensive experience and wide-ranging expertise is unmatched in Northern Ireland. We provide an expansive range of services and regularly represent our clients on merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance, competition investigations, state aid, energy, transport, and bribery law.
Competition Issues Relating to all Types of Commercial Agreements and Contracts
Competition Compliance, Including Bespoke Compliance Programmes and Training Seminars
Abuse of Dominance Issues, Including Refusals to Supply
Competition Enforcement, Including Dawn Raids and Leniency Programmes
Complaints to Competition Authorities and Regulatory Authorities
Parallel Trade Issues
Free Movement of Persons, Goods, Services and Capital
General EU Law, Including Food Labelling Legislation, Product Liability Legislation
Bribery Law, Including Risk Assessment, Drafting of Bespoke Compliance Programmes and Training Seminars
Advising Parties on Court Proceedings Relating to EU and Competition Law, Including Judicial Review Cases
Advice in Relation to the Grocery Code
Advice in Relation to the National Security and Investments Act
If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, please get in touch today.
Advising SHS Group in relation to a wide range of competition law compliance issues, including production of a competition law compliance guide, training for all staff levels (including in relation to Dawn Raid compliance), review of customer contracts and advising in relation to Groceries Supply Code of Practice (and equivalent provisions in the Republic of Ireland).
Advising the shareholders in Neueda Limited on the sale of the Company to Version 1 Software UK Limited. The competition team provided advice in relation to merger control and competition law issues.
Advising the shareholders on the sale of Autoline Insurance Group to Prestige Insurance Holdings which completion was conditional on clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority.
Advising the shareholders of Decision Time Limited in respect of the sale of the company to Advanced, one of the UK’s largest providers of business software and services. This involved advising on the requirements of the National Security & Investment Act 2021 (“NSIA Act 2021”) and assisting with a notification to the Investment Security Unit.
Advising MML Ireland in respect of its investment in IT recycling company the Vyta Group to include drafting the submission required under the NSIA Act 2021 and making a notification to the Investment Security Unit.
— Chambers UK
"Carson McDowell are top for home-grown firms in Northern Ireland for competition advice."
— Chambers UK
"I found Richard Gray to be excellent at driving the deal and spotting issues for the client and getting a very quick turnaround."