NEW 2014

January 29th, 2014

Further to our event held in March 2014, a paper has been produced by Graeme Young and John Temple Lang. Their paper entitled “Competition Law and Enforcement in an Independent Scotland” can be downloaded below.

Competition Law and Enforcement in an Independent Scotland

 

Congratulations to all teams who took part the SCLF student event 2014!

January 29th, 2014

27 March 2014 – SCLF Student Event – Glasgow University 3pm

The Scottish Competition Law Forum was delighted to host its Annual Student Debate competition in March this year.  Teams of students from Universities in Edinburgh and Glasgow debated on the following questions:

“Should competition law be applied at local/national as well as regional/international level?”

and

“Which competition law offences are most damaging for economic welfare and why?”

The judging panel was composed by Mr Michael Dean, Partner, MMS and by Ms Claudia Berg, of the OFT.

The debate took place on 27 March in the Moot Court Room of the Faculty of Law, at the University of Glasgow,  and we are pleased to announce that this year, there was a tie!  So 7 students from across Scotland won placements in law firms and an invitation to the annual SCLF  dinner, congratulations to you all!

Many thanks to everyone who attended this event and should you have any photos or comments please do let us know and we can share them on our site!

 

 

 

The Most-Favoured-Customer Clause

April 24th, 2013

The most-favoured-customer clause refers to a legal arrangement between a customer and a company that guarantees the customer he will receive the best price the company offers to anyone. This clause exists in order to make sure a company will not treat its customers differently during negotiations. The most-favoured-customer clause has its advantages and downsides, and the next few lines are going to discuss some of them.

Benefits Of The MFC Clause

Companies adopting this clause are prone to become tougher negotiators while at the same time managing to diminish their customers’ desire to bargain with them. In parallel, customers can expect to receive the same good deals other clients are given. They will no longer need to worry about looking bad in the eyes of customers who got better deals than they did. They will also get to avoid potential cost disadvantages as compared to the prices adopted by competition.

Cons Of The MFC Clause

The most-favoured-client cause does have its downsides; for instance, for companies, the problem arises when their rivals get to attract their customers due to better offers. They also tend to have a hard time trying to sell to their rivals’ clients. For customers, it seems easier to get better deals while visiting competition, as there are no special deals to look forward to.

The Development Of The MFC Clause

The special clause is gaining more and more ground in worldwide antitrust systems and the European Union expressed the clause through a settlement with the Hollywood representatives buying their cinema equipment. Blue Cross Shield of Michigan is the name of a health insurance giant that is still involved in a most favoured client cause litigation in the US. The way the latter litigation is being handled has the power to influence the numerous similar contracts featuring the same clause.


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