Monthly Archives: October 2013

Update – more cats in bags

Further to my post this morning, the CAT’s website has just been updated with a new judgment on confidentiality, Ryanair Holdings plc v Competition Commission [2013] CAT 25.  The Tribunal has ruled, in the context of a challenge to the CC’s decision requiring Ryanair to divest itself of the large part of its minority stake in Aer Lingus, that not even Ryanair’s lawyers are entitled to see a fully unredacted copy of the decision.  It would appear from the judgment that the case is likely to give rise to further arguments about procedural fairness and confidentiality: certainly one to watch.

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Cats, bags, rings and rooms: the problem of confidentiality

Dealing with confidential information in competition cases can be tricky.  The CAT’s recent judgment in BMI Healthcare and others v Competition Commission [2013] CAT 241 provides some help.

The core problem of confidentiality in the context of competition law is that many of the arguments deployed by litigants and regulators rely upon information which is highly commercially sensitive.  Revealing one party’s business secrets to another – letting the cat out of the bag2 – not only risks aggravation to the cat’s owner but has the potential for serious economic harm. Continue reading


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Blackstone Chambers named EU and Competition Law Chambers of the Year

We do not normally use this blog for promotional purposes, but we thought we would make an exception to say that Legal 500 announced this morning that Blackstone Chambers is the winner of its inaugural award for Chambers of the Year in EU and Competition Law.

Thinking that I might give our readers a flavour of our work, I asked the chambers marketing team to give me a list of the main EU and Competition law cases which our barristers have been in over the last year or so. They came back with a list of 27 cases involving, coincidentally, 27 barristers (the “27” is coincidental since many of the cases involved several barristers, many of whom appeared in numerous cases). I will spare you the detail – suffice it to say that we are very proud to have won, and we hope you will forgive us this one-off collective pat on the back.

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