A study of compliance post-OFT infringement action

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Abstract

This article considers compliance with competition law among a particular sub-set of UK companies. The research was principally motivated by the reform of UK competition law in the late 1990's and the introduction of new investigatory and fining powers for the UK competition authorities, with potentially very serious consequences for companies in breach of competition law. There has been fairly extensive research into competition law compliance in Australia, and in particular, a Report based on a recent ACCC Enforcement and Compliance Survey noted that:- 'Those who have interacted with or been investigated by the ACCC generally report themselves to be more compliant.' Accordingly, in this research we sought to ascertain the extent to which an infringement finding by the OFT altered awareness of, attitudes to, and methods of compliance with competition law. This was undertaken by forwarding a questionnaire to all parties which were the subject of an infringement decision by the OFT under the Competition Act 1998. The research considers the extent to which competition law compliance, and the motivations for instituting an effective compliance programme, have been affected by enforcement action by the Office of Fair Trading under the Competition Act 1998.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-96
Number of pages31
JournalEuropean Competition Journal
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • compliance
  • competition law
  • competition authorities
  • Office of Fair Trading
  • infringement
  • competition
  • oft
  • australian
  • enforcement
  • system
  • implementation
  • questionnaire
  • response

Activities

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Centre for Law and Economics, 'To Enforce and Comply, Incentives inside Corporations and Agencies'

Barry Rodger (Invited speaker)

2009

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Centre for Law and Economics, 'To Enforce and Comply, Incentives inside Corporations and Agencies'

Barry Rodger (Speaker)

2009

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

EUI 2nd Competition Day 2008

Barry Rodger (Participant)

2008

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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