Business people and generalist commercial lawyers are involved in a wide range of transactions which will typically involve different aspects of competition regulation. The complexity of this activity is compounded as a result of national and international rules having to be considered simultaneously - complying with one regime but not the other results in on-going risks being assumed, frequently inadvertently. The purpose of this book is to provide those people involved in day to day commercial dealings to have a quick guide resource available to them at all times. The book is designed not to bewilder but to enlighten as it explains the legal principals - everything from the rules for public procurement to the law about abusive practices; the basis for the law in practice - getting goods and services to the market, joint ventures, intellectual property, and much more; and how to run a business in a shadow of the competition rules.
Hilda O’Connor has nearly 20 years’ experience of advising individuals and companies in various commercial and private legal disputes. Hilda has worked in Barristers’ Chambers and Solicitor law firms in East Anglia and London. She has co-authored and was editor of a practitioner textbook which dealt with cartel enforcement in 23 jurisdictions whilst working in DLA Piper's competition law team. She also wrote numerous competition law guidelines whilst working as a lawyer in the Office of Fair Trading, each of which were for general circulation and which therefore had to be high quality and fit for purpose.