The Competition Appeal Tribunal: a new venue for challenging restrictive covenants?

Matthew O'ReganOne of the most significant changes to UK competition litigation introduced by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 was the creation of a ‘fast track’ procedure for some cases brought in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”). This procedure is particularly suitable for claims brought by individuals, micro-enterprises and SMEs seeking redress for harm suffered by anti-competitive behaviour in breach of UK and/or EU competition law, which are neither factually nor legally complex.

In a recent article published in European Competition Law Review, a leading competition law publication, specialist competition law barrister, Matthew O’Regan, considers how the fast track procedure may be used to challenge restrictive covenants contain in commercial property agreements and business sale agreements.

Matthew is a skilled competition litigator, undertaking work in the English and EU courts. He advises and represents clients on all types of competition disputes, including appeals in cartel and State aid cases, judicial reviews, follow-on damages actions and standalone disputes raising competition issues. “Matthew is quickly able to digest large amounts of information relating to very complex matters. His past experience as a solicitor means he is very pragmatic and proactive in his approach to advising clients.” Chambers UK, Competition Law (2017)

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This material was first published by Sweet & Maxwell Limited in O’Regan, The Competition Appeal Tribunal: a new venue for challenging restrictive covenants? [2016] 37 European Competition Law Review 393 and is published by agreement with the Publishers.

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