Regulators have extensive powers to investigate possible breaches of competition law. These can range from issuing detailed questionnaires to businesses to launching a "dawn raid" – an inspection of a business' premises or even the home of a director, where the regulator has significant powers to seize and copy emails, documents, voicemails and other data. An investigation can result in fines and far-reaching orders that transform businesses and even whole industries.
Our competition lawyers are very familiar with the practical challenges and the technical intricacies of dealing with investigations. We apply our judgment and experience of handling regulators to minimise the burden and achieve the best possible commercial outcome.
We are also expert in representing businesses who seek to influence regulators to act against anti-competitive agreements or conduct of competitors, suppliers or customers. We help businesses to navigate the complex strategic and tactical issues raised by complaints in order to secure a result that advances our client's commercial objectives.