On 24 April 2012, BIS issued a consultation on private actions in competition law, setting out options for reform. The government welcomes views on the proposals which intend to increase the stability of consumers and businesses who have suffered a loss as a result of anti-competitive behaviour to obtain redress. Main proposals include extending the CAT’s powers to hear standalone damages actions brought to it directly or referred from the High Court and to hear applications for injunctions, introducing a fast track procedure for SMEs to bring actions before the CAT, introducing a rebuttable presumption of loss in cartel cases, encouraging alternative dispute resolution and preventing the disclosure of certain leniency documents in order to protect the leniency regime. Read more.