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Anti-trust and Competition: Two Sides of the Story

By Mike Newton 

There are really two sides to anti-trust and competition, encompassing a scale from organisational responsibility through to individual HR implications.

At one extreme we have the Cartels whereby businesses agree not to compete with each other but as these are often verbal, it is notoriously difficult to uncover unless you are aware of the signs. At the other end of the scale, for example, individual employees, who may be unaware that sharing pricing information with a competitor (even over a beer or coffee, informally) is strictly illegal.

In order to comply with the Competition Markets Authority (CMA), which was newly formed in April 2014, organisations and individuals need to recognise their responsibilities and the consequences of any failure to comply.

In many cases, businesses both large and small are unaware of what falls into the Anti-trust and competition arena, which leaves them exposed to massive fines, individual criminal prosecutions, third party claims and the potential for crippling reputational damage

How you can find out more

In our complimentary webinar with Gordon Dadds on 30th September at 1pm BST, Alex Ktorides and Laura Livingstone will share their expertise with our delegates on:

  • What does it take to be compliant?
  • What signs to look out for
  • The consequences of non-compliance (both from a corporate and individual viewpoint)
  • How to be compliant and keep the regulators happy
  • HR implications during and after employment
  • Plus real examples to demonstrate the above

Gordon Dadds is a leading UK based law firm, who are one of our Subject Matter Experts who work with Skillsoft to create a number of our legal compliance courses. These include such courses as Anti-trust, Conflicts of interest and Insider dealing.

You can register for this webinar by clicking here

About Alex Ktorides and Laura Livingstone

Alex Ktorides, Senior Partner, Head of Compliance, PII for the Group. 

After reading law, politics and philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, Alex qualified as a solicitor in 1997. In 2007, he went in-house, specialising in risk control, contract and project management. Alex Joined Gordon Dadds in 2012, before which he was senior counsel at BDO LLP.

Alex’s practice focusses on compliance and managing risk for professionals and institutions, regulatory investigations and insurance disputes. He advises on legal risk, dawn raid preparation, Anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) compliance as well as how best to prepare and protect your business so that your responses to regulator and inherent risks are up to date, fully compliant and well implemented.

Laura Livingstone, Partner, Head of Employment 

Laura is a partner and head of employment at Gordon Dadds. She graduated from Bristol University with a BA (Hons) in History, before beginning her legal career at Taylor Westing. Laura joined Gordon Dadds in 2014.

Laura’s practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious employment work, but she leans towards the non-contentious with a particular specialism in providing practical solutions in relation to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protections of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”). She has advised a wide variety of corporate clients ranging from luxury retail, technology, architecture, media and shipping. She has also dealt with a large number of high net worth individuals in negotiations on contracts and settlements.

Mike Newton is Regional Sales Director – Compliance at Skillsoft.

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