The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has today published recommendations to Government to improve the effectiveness of redress for consumers and businesses that have suffered loss as a result of breaches of competition law. The recommendations follow an informal consultation on an OFT discussion paper published in April. The OFT recommends strengthening the private actions regime through the introduction of various changes including changing procedures to allow representative bodies to bring actions on behalf of consumers and businesses, modifying restrictions which limit the funding of actions to ensure claimants can find lawyers to represent them, encouraging the courts to consider limiting risks of claimants having to pay the other side's costs and safeguarding the effectiveness of the leniency regime for cartel investigations by excluding the use in private actions of certain documents provided by whistleblowers and limiting their liability in certain cases.

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