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Concern over new powers to prosecute cartels

PUBLISHED March 15, 2012

Legal specialists have warned that a new anti-competition regime announced by the government today could lower the bar to prosecutions, creating the risk of miscarriages of justice.

The reform, proposed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, would merge the Competition Commission and the competition functions of the Office of Fair Trading to form the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The announcement follows consultation showing widespread perceptions that the current regime is too complex and contains a lot of duplication.

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