photograph Newcastle Law School Conference: Reforming UK Competition Law

Newcastle Law School recently hosted the first conference to debate the recently announced Government proposals on reforming the UK competition law regime. The 13th April conference was organised by Dr Jonathan Galloway and Dr Bruce Wardhaugh and brought together many high profile speakers from diverse perspectives to debate two particular themes underlying the reforms: institutional structure of the competition law regime and the criminalisation of cartel behaviour. The conference keynote speech was delivered by Mr Peter Freeman CBE, QC (Senior Consultant, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP: member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal; former Chairman of the Competition Commission).The first panel on reform of the criminal cartel offence was chaired by Mark Lucraft QC (18 Red Lion Court) and involved papers by Dr Peter Whelan (CCP/UEA), Adrian Darbishire QC (QEB Hollis Whiteman), Angus MacCulloch (Lancaster), and Dr Bruce Wardhaugh (Newcastle). The second panel on institutional reform was chaired by David Bailey (Senior Referendaire, Competition Appeal Tribunal and KCL) and involved papers by Professor William E. Kovacic (former Chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission and George Washington University Law School), Professor Alison Jones (KCL and Freshfields); Professor Stephen Wilks (CAT and Exeter), and Christopher Brown (Matrix). Several conference papers will be published by the European Competition Journal (Hart Publishing) in due course.

The conference was supported by Newcastle Law School, Dickinson Dees, Newcastle University Finance and Financial Law Research Group, and Hart Publishing.

published on: 27th April 2012