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New panel win for Fladgate’s Sports Business Group

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The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has invited Fladgate LLP to join its new legal panel following a competitive tender process. The legal panel will be comprised of four law firms which, together with in-house Legal Counsel Rod McKenzie, will service all of the SPFL’s diverse legal requirements. Alex Haffner, who will act as the […]


Coty scents competition law victory for brand owners

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In a much anticipated judgment, the European Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has determined that EU competition law does not prevent luxury brands imposing restrictions on the use by distributors of third party e-commerce platforms. The judgment confirms the opinion expressed by the Advocate General to the court (see https://www.fladgate.com/2017/08/eu-general-court-opinion-delivers-boost-brands-selling-online/) that such […]


Sports Broadcasting: Murdoch forced to wait longer to get his hands on Sky!

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To no-one’s great surprise, it was announced, on 20 September 2017. that the UK Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley MP, was “referring” the proposed acquisition by 21st Century Fox of Sky, which, amongst other programming, is a significant sports broadcaster in the UK, for scrutiny by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 21st Century Fox, one […]


Competition and Markets Authority fines golf club manufacturer £1.45m for imposing an online sales ban

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority, has fined Ping Europe Limited (Ping) £1.45m for preventing two UK retailers from selling Ping’s golf clubs online. Although Ping had a commercial objective, imposing the restriction to promote in-store customer fitting, the CMA concluded that Ping could have achieved this through […]


EU General Court opinion delivers boost to brands selling online

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You don’t need to be a PR guru to know that branding is all about image. This is never truer than for high-end or luxury brands, which strive to deliver a customer experience that is consistent with, and can be justified by, the price tag. This sensitivity to customer experience is borne out in distributor […]


The Competition Appeal Tribunal’s “fast track” procedure: evening the playing field

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Given that most high-profile competition law actions tend to involve the decisions of large-scale regulators following heavily-protracted investigations (such as the recent seven-year EU commission investigation into Google’s online shopping offering), small businesses and consumers could be forgiven for thinking that redress in competition law is not a realistic proposition. It was, however, with this […]


Fladgate strengthens competition and regulatory with partner appointment

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Continuing the trend of strategic recruitment that has been a consistent feature in recent years, Fladgate LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of competition, regulatory and commercial partner Alex Haffner who joins from Dentons. Alex has significant experience dealing with UK, EU and international competition and regulatory authorities and has been involved in a […]