The CMA has announced that two directors, Clive Dean and Nicholas Stringer, have been acquitted of charges under the criminal cartel offence following a trial at Southwark Crown Court. The acquittals came after a further defendant, Nigel Snee, had already pleaded guilty to the same offence last year. Mr Snee will appear for sentencing at a later date. The announcement states that the CMA accepts that in this case the jury were not persuaded that Mr Stringer and Mr Dean acted dishonestly, and that they should, therefore, be acquitted. However, the CMA notes that following a change in the law, for conduct after 1 April 2014, it is no longer necessary for the CMA to prove individuals acted dishonestly in order for the cartel offence to be committed. Click here.