Competition

  • CMA demands greater transparency from legal service providers

    Having undertaken a year-long study into the legal services sector, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that competition in legal services for both small businesses and individual consumers is not working well. In particular, there is not enough information available on price, quality and service to help choose the best option. The CMA has set out a package of measures which challenges providers and regulators to help customers better navigate the market and get ...

    Posted at December 15, 2016 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | Comments Off on CMA demands greater transparency from legal service providers
  • CMA alert on resale price breaches

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has written an open letter to businesses alerting them that if suppliers restrict their retailers’ prices, they can be breaking the law. The letter follows two recent cases in which businesses were fined a combined total of over £3 million for engaging in resale price maintenance (RPM).

    Posted at June 22, 2016 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | Comments Off on CMA alert on resale price breaches
  • Dairy merger faces in-depth investigation

    Müller’s proposed acquisition of Dairy Crest’s dairy operations will be referred for an in-depth investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced, unless acceptable undertakings are offered. Müller UK & Ireland Group LLP and Dairy Crest Group are two of the three main dairy processors in the UK. Together they process around 3.5 billion litres of milk per year and account for nearly half of the fresh milk consumed in the UK. And the ...

    Posted at June 13, 2015 | By : | Categories : Farming,News,Rural Business | Comments Off on Dairy merger faces in-depth investigation
  • Changes for car insurance finalised

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published new measures aimed at increasing competition in the UK car insurance market and reducing the cost of premiums. Having surveyed the market the CMA found that some price parity clauses in contracts between price comparison websites and motor insurers prohibit insurers from making their products available more cheaply on other online platforms, with the effect of restricting competition. The measures include: a ban on agreements between price comparison websites ...

    Posted at September 25, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | Comments Off on Changes for car insurance finalised
  • New consumer watchdog launched

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been launched today as the UK’s primary competition and consumer agency. Bringing together the Competition Commission with the competition and certain consumer functions of the Office of Fair Trading, the CMA has a range of new responsibilities and powers to ensure it meets its mission of making markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy. These include tighter timetables for investigations, a stronger role in ensuring competition in regulated ...

    Posted at April 1, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | Comments Off on New consumer watchdog launched