Vertical Agreements under the UK Competition Act 1998: A Twenty-Year Retrospective

Chapter in B. Rodger, P. Whelan and A MacCulloch (eds), The UK Competition Regime: A Twenty-Year Retrospective, Oxford University Press, 2021, Forthcoming

King's College London Law School Research Paper Forthcoming

24 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2020

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Alison Jones

King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2020

Abstract

This Chapter charts the development of UK competition law and policy towards vertical agreements since the Competition Act 1998 (CA98) came into force in March 2000.

It traces how UK policy has evolved and notes that although early UK cases focused principally on resale price maintenance, a variety of vertical restraints have now been analysed under the rules, including restraints on online selling which have proliferated with the rapid growth of e-commerce.

Although the analysis of vertical agreements under the CA98 is now closely aligned with that adopted under EU law, the UK authorities have also appraised some agreements which have to date received limited attention in EU jurisprudence, including price relationship agreements and most favoured nation clauses (“MFNs”).

Finally, the Chapter considers how the law could, or should, develop in the future, especially after the transition period following the UK’s departure from the EU ends. In particular, whether, post-Brexit, the UK authorities should continue to follow EU competition law, which has in significant respects been influenced by internal market considerations in this sphere, or whether it should take a different course.

Keywords: Competition, Vertical Agreements, Antitrust Analysis, Article 101, Chapter I Competition Act 1998, Brexit

JEL Classification: K21, L40, L42

Suggested Citation

Jones, Alison, Vertical Agreements under the UK Competition Act 1998: A Twenty-Year Retrospective (August 1, 2020). Chapter in B. Rodger, P. Whelan and A MacCulloch (eds), The UK Competition Regime: A Twenty-Year Retrospective, Oxford University Press, 2021, Forthcoming, King's College London Law School Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3714578 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3714578

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